Manifest

17.12.2019

From 2.12. to 12.12. Slovak team took part in the MANIFEST exchange situated in Poiana Negria, Romania and it was really amazing.

The topic of the project was quite up-to-date and in general very sensitive, such as tolerance, discrimination, racism, sexism and homosexuality. It was an even stronger experience cause some of the participants were actively fighting for LGBT rights in their country. We have learned a great deal, mainly through nonformal and playful activities, and we have also taken a closer look at the situation in each country from the participating countries.

Our whole project took place in a small picturesque village Poiana Negrii. We stayed in a larger complex that was spacious, cozy and directly shone with the Christmas atmosphere.

Finally, I would like to say something about the programme and the organizers. Since it this was my second project organized by the organizers, I knew what to expect briefly and they did not disappoint me. The program was varied and rich in various activities, excursions, and in general you were so immersed in it that you couldn't watch how fast the days were. As always, the first days were focused on ice breakers, in short, getting to know the team and all the participants. From the third day on, we have been fully devoted to the issue and at the end we have summarized everything we have learned to videos and brochures to spread the legacy of the Manifest.

The highlights of the program were cultural nights, a visit to the city of Vatra Dornei, where we also made a flash mob, a visit to the historic city of Suceava, a local open-air museum and ruins. The end of the program was an Oskar's night. Formal dress, interesting couples, red carpet and 7 Oskar statuettes for which 6 teams fought. The MANIFEST was a truly amazing but short adventure in which 44 strangers grouped up under one roof and at the end they called each other a FAMILY...

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