Name of the project: Lets Shoot a Movie About Peace
Date: 21st to 29th June 2018
Country/City: Turkey / Istanbul
- What was the main topic of the event?
The topic was to achieve peace by going against xenophobia and discrimination in our society.
- What was the biggest learning moments on the event for you?
Helena Keskpalu – Speaking english the whole week with people you don’t know at all. I had the chance to leave my comfort zone and be more confident. Also the people in the project proved that you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. Many people make assumptions about different nationalities, but the project showed me that every person is different and the prejudice about another nationality may not be true.
Kalli Kolberg – For me, the biggest learning moment wasn’t related to the topic of the project. I learned to let things go. I realized that people from another project and the people in this project don’t have the same interest. Because of that, I need to find a way, how to bond with them. A new way with new people. First I didn’t understand that, but then I did let things go.
Sigrid Sepp – My biggest learning moment was how different people actually are and that it isnt a bad thing. Its actually what makes our life, here, beautiful and rich. Thanks to that mindset I really enjoyed listening to all sorts of opinions and views, because due to different people I got to grow and expand my thinking and how i view the world.
Marie-Helene Uiga – I think the biggest learning moment was interacting with different people from different cultures and then becoming so good friends with them in so little time. If I had any prejudices before then after that there weren’t any.
Darja Sotnikova – My biggest learning moment was how to communicate with different people from different cultural, language and social background. Also how to overcome yourself and stay strong and motivated in every kind of situation.
- Do you have any plans to continue active in the field? If yes, what?
Helena Keskpalu – I would like to go to similar youth exchanges, because it was a really cool experience for me.
Kalli Kolberg – Yes, I do. I will apply for another project in the future.
Sigrid Sepp – My project topic was peace. And if you ask what does peace mean to me I would say: peace within myself. For me having peace and sharing it starts with yourself. So everyone has to have peace within themselves to share it with others. So yes, I will continue to bring peace into the world around me. By expanding it within myself and then to the world.
Marie-Helene Uiga – I would like to do more projects at first, and I have always liked volunteer-work, so I would like to do that for a little while.
Darja Sotnikova – I would like to try participating in training course, to experience something a little bit different, and help with organisation or paperwork in NYH.
- Would you recommend it to your friends? I yes, why? If not, why not?
Helena Keskpalu – Absolutely, I think every student should experience this kind of project, because it really widens your horizons and you’ll get to meet new people all around the world which is really useful. Also it’s a really good opportunity to practice your english.
Kalli Kolberg – For sure I will recommend youth exchanges to my friends. It’s an opportunity to learn about a specific topic and about yourself.
Sigrid Sepp – I would most definitelly recommend it to my friends and everyone else. This is a good way to come out of their comfort zone and experience something new. You cant go wrong with youth exchange, because if the place was boring then you have the people who bring excitement. And if the people werent your cup of tea then at least you had a hell of a good vacation.
Marie-Helene Uiga – I would yes, because if you haven’t done such things, then the experience is necessary.
Darja Sotnikova – Yes, of course I would recommend to try youth exchange to my friends. It is an amazing opportunity for young people to travel the world, meet new amazing people from different countries and maybe become good friends with them. You learn a lot on these projects: new topics, language skills, being more confident and open-minded.
- More comments or anything else you would like to share? You can add here in your own language, if you want!
Helena Keskpalu – I’d like to thank everyone for this project! 🙂
Sigrid Sepp – If you go there be VERY open-minded otherwise you will ruin your trip for yourself. Listen to the opinions of others + add your views = have a nice conversation about the world. Dont have over the top expectations, be greateful and accept whats right in front of you.
Marie-Helene Uiga – I think once you start with these projects you can’t stop 🙂
Darja Sotnikova – Don’t be too serious, have fun and enjoy it. Also i am super thankful to every participant and the organisators.
This Project was financed by European Commission’s Erasmus + Programme