Name of the project: Colours of Empowerment
Date: 13th to 22nd September 2018
City / Country : Bláfjöll, Iceland
What was the main topic of the event?
Tairi Lääts – The main topics were empowerment of the youth, inclusion in youth work and increasing your abilities as a facilitator/trainer.
Kristiine Saarmaan – The main topic of the project was design, facilitation and evaluation of meaningful activities in youth work.
What was the biggest learning moments on the event for you?
Tairi Lääts – We had some organisations working a lot with mental health, so I learned a lot about the importance of showing emotions and the right to have them. Also, I learned some facilitation tricks and workshop solutions.
Kristiine Saarmaan – There were quite a few big learning moments. The biggest one was probably designing and facilitating our own workshops. Apart from that, learning about debriefing as an important part of non-formal education was extremely useful.
Do you have any plans to continue active in the field? If yes, what?
Tairi Lääts – I am and I will continue being active in the field. I am writing my own projects (mainly youth exchanges) and I got a lot of empowerment to continue doing that. I like to create opportunities for young people to see different cultures and learn from each other.
Kristiine Saarmaan – Yes, I am an active member on Noored Ühiskonna Heaks. As a follow-up to the project, this deadline I applied for a grant to organize a youth exchange in Estonia.
Would you recommend it to your friends? I yes, why? If not, why not?
Tairi Lääts – I would recommend this to everyone. It is hard to describe the knowledge and experience that you gain when participating in an international project. It is something that you need to try out, to understand the beauty of it.
Kristiine Saarmaan – I would definitely recommend this experience to my friends. Erasmus+ projects are a great opportunity to learn about topics you’re passionate about, as well as meet new, interesting people.
This Project was financed by European Commission’s Erasmus + Programme