Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Day 9 - Follow-up and evaluation

Today is the last day. We are a little sad, but grateful for the opportunity. We had an amazing experience during these nine days, sharing ideas with wonderful people from all over Europe. We've learned so much, had so much fun. But now, it ends.
We spent the morning looking forward to the future, planning our follow ups back home. Then, we had a discussion, helping each other to improve.
Next, we took advantage of the multiculturalism in our group and found topics we were passionate about. In small, international groups, we made the first steps towards new projects on topics like gender equality, citizenship and culture. We were our own monitors, providing feedback at the end and support. Those of us who found more than one project they liked, could easily go about joining them. By now, we are all a big team.
One of the best moments of our training took place today. One of the participants, Parvi, shared her experience as a psychotherapist and held a gestalt therapy session with us. It was intense and demanding, a truly unique moment.

The afternoon brought with it reflection time. Half laughing, high on the feeling of the last hours, we analysed what we had learned; our project made us more European, more involved, more aware - everything we had wanted it to. It was a bitter-sweet moment.

Now, in the last hours, we are trying to finish up, say goodbye. We get our Youthpass, make invitations to see each other again and write a last page. It's cheesy, but true. We'll miss our time here. Little by little, we built the foundation of a much larger movement we will take with us. But here, our time together ends.
( Don't worry:  We'll finish happy, with a party)

Monday, April 18, 2016

Day 8 - Workshops in Valga

Day 8 was one fun and important day in our project. We got to visit another Estonian town while practicing the skills we gained in the training so far, through facilitating the workshops we prepared with our groups for the students from Valga high school.
Coming back to the base, where we talked about our experiences in the classrooms and our learnings, we finished our working day with a wonderful magic show performed by our fantasic colleague Francisco.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Day 7 - Getting Ready!

We started the morning session with sharing knowledge and expertise via Open Space. During the activity we could choose 4 activities out of 6 options – Erasmus+, Youth – Work and school reality in Estonia, Refugees, Gender identity, Hate speech criminal profiling and Manuals and methods (Bookmarks, Compass) – to attend.

And the rainbow was in the sky... :)

After that we divided to 7 teams to start preparing for the workshops in Valga Gymnasium. We received some input from trainers about the structure and other details and then every group worked individually, to make the best workshop plan ever :) 

In the evening we introduced the plans to other teams and prepared our materials for the next day. 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Day 6 - Day in Tartu

Good Morning, Tartu!

We set off to a long day full of excitement and adventures in the second biggest city of Estonia. Tartu is often considered the intellectual centre of the country, especially since it is home to the nation's oldest and most renowned university. The city also houses the Supreme Court of Estonia and the Ministry of Education and Research.

Our first stop was a meeting with the lawyer who is an expert within the field of Hate Crime. She gave as a very valuable inside of the legal perspective of the topic and differentiated theory from practice. To make us even more engaged with the subject of Hate Speech and Human Rights, we were divided into teams that role played a courts case. Every group was given different real-life event of discrimination and between themselves had to distribute the roles of prosecution, defense and judge. The exercise was very thought-provoking and the outcome was really fruitful as it made everyone genuinely adopt the roles of the criminal justice agents.

This was followed by a lunch in a fancy restaurant down-town Tartu and a pleasant relaxing coffee break in a local coffee shop. Afterwards was the free time when each participant had the opportunity to explore the city and soke authentically its atmosphere.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Day 5 - No hate speech

We started the morning with meeting our learning buddies. In case the buddy was late, additional energizer was to get your buddy. After that we had discussion about the movie from previous night and trainer gave us more background details what happened in Rwanda and how actually hate speech resulted in genocide. 

Next we had exercise to recognize the cases of hate speech and we could discuss them in small cycles.

Later on we did a role play, where some of us were refugees, others border officials, observers and security. This helped us to better understand the point of view of different counterparts and put ourselves in refugee shoes. After that we shared our emotions and also discussed  current situation in Europe, where is so much hate speech and tried to think of solutions what we could do to stop hate speech and discrimination towards refugees. 

Evening was for the intercultural night, with magic tricks, quizzes, dances and great food :)

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Day 4 - Sharing is caring

We are on our way
 Day 4
 Fourth day started with rain and then started snowing.
 But it didn’t changed our mood, conversely some of us were
 happy to see snow in Estonia.

Our topic continued and we had fun with our morning cafeteria.
    After our morning session we watched movie. Someone felt sadness,
for someone it was okay. For conclusion, this movie was connected
with topic and it is good that our trainers had shown it for us.

Finally, it’s SAUNA TIME!
We were talking and having fun.

Best way to relax after hard day :)

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Day 3 - And so it begins!

Another day started and with it, the excitement of finally starting the topic of the training!

After energizers, we went directly to finish discussion about the 8 key competences of Youth Pass and what it's about.
This showed that not only people are here to learn about "No Hate Speech" but also they are here to learn to how to learn :)

And finally, the Human Rights and No Hate Speech topic started!
As a way to approach people, everyone shared when or why they got interested in this topic and what brought them to Estonia.

This resulted in a very dynamic discussion about many concepts and their definitions.

 And it was amazing to see how passionate people were!

For the end of the day, we had the presentations of 4 countries that are participating:
Slovakia, Spain, Germany and Romania!

Food, drinks, fun facts and interesting facts! We believe everyone stayed with something about these countries on their memories!

Almost forgot to mention, through out the night, dancing was the main action in our group!

Amazing! :)