Name of the project: “Rural Realities – Training Course for Rural Youth Workers”
Date: 8th until 15thJanuary 2018
Country/City: Turkey\ Mus
What was the main topic of the event?
Teesi Tuli – Rural realities
Marika Sharova – Developing rural areas through youth work.
Kadi Kasner – How to make youth work better and more efficient in rural areas while making youngsters to be more involved into (youth center) activities.
What was the biggest learning moments on the event for you?
Teesi Tuli – To realize about difficulties and disadvantages in rural areas for young people and also about the projects and that I could volunteer and help more.
Marika Sharova – Rural areas and youngsters living there need huge support, because the options of growth and possibilities to learn are limited but at the same time making changes and seeing results is possible with smaller budget and a less time. I’ve seen for the first time real life of rural areas where girls study maximum two years at school and then just wait for her future husband no come to her village for her and where boys work on their parents’ field and knowing how the tractor works since childhood. But the biggest learning moment was seeing all these people happy and full of enthusiasm no matter how they lived, how many tanks were protecting the entrance of university, how many wives there are in one family or how far they live from big cities.
Kadi Kasner – The biggest learning moment was to see how couple from Portugal started to do their own project from zero and while seeing the video about it, that was giving the wow effect and a lot of inspiration. Also their advices and enthusiasm was something very valuable.
Do you have any plans to continue active in the field? If yes, what?
Teesi Tuli – About Erasmus+ answer is maybe as participant but not as organizer. Yes, this project really was eye opening for me and I want to be more involved in the organisation which sent me there.
Marika Sharova – I plan to continue to participate in training courses or youth exchanges and hopefully help my sending NGO in organizing projects, build new partnerships and find new participants.
Kadi Kasner – About Erasmus+ answer is maybe as participant but not as organizer. If the question is about rural areas, then I consider it maybe, because never say never, but I rather would find the topic which is more close to my current studies.
Would you recommend it to your friends? I yes, why? If not, why not?
Teesi Tuli – I would definetly recommend it to everyone cause it can really open your eyes more to the surroundings and makes you understand the similarities and differences with other countries and cultures.
Marika Sharova – I recommend everyone to go at least once because you not only get knowledge in the topic, get opportunity to talk with locals on interested theme, but get unforgettable cultural experience, connections for future projects and unique friendships.
Kadi Kasner – Yes I will. Because this project was inspiring and eye opening. To see close and also be involved into this reality in rural areas is totally something different than knowing about and ofcourse it is amazing to meet so many different people from all around the world.
More comments or anything else you would like to share? You can add here in your own language, if you want!
Kadi Kasner – The main phrase from the project what is still rolling round in my mind: “A person is a person.”
This Project was financed by European Commission’s Erasmus + Programme http://noored.ee/ https://www.nyh.ee/