Name of the project: “Your Job – DIY” Youth Exchange
Date: 28th April – 6th May 2019
Country/City: Estonia, Sürgavere
What was the main topic of the event?
Youth unemployment and entrepreneurship.
What was the biggest learning moment in the event for you?
Pavel Belykh: That I can be very funny for people around
Linda Allas: During the project I gained a lot of useful experiences in terms of communication and cooperation with others in an intercultural environment, respect, as well as I really clarified in my head the system of creating a business plan and implementing my idea in reality.
Kalli Kolberg: I had one, in my opinion, really big eureka moment. We were told about our personal brand and how we can make this work for us. During the session a tiny statistic fact pop up, for the other participants, it might have seen as common knowledge, but a part of my world collapsed. You may be wondering what the fact was. I tell you – the 95% (I am not sure if the percentage is correct, but it was a really high percentage) of first impressions are incorrect. I was used to analysing people, and I was pretty proud of how good I was. But then I realised, I never went so far in relationships to realise they are different from the first sight and I have been wrong all along.
Ingmar Roomets: Can’t really name one biggest learning moment. I think it was really great project with a lot to give to young people like myself. So all the moments were the biggest learning moments in my opinion.
Do you have any plans to continue actively in the field? If yes, what?
Pavel Belykh: I am waiting for my long term EVS, which will start in August.
Linda Allas: Yes, after my degree I’m going to work on opening my own enterprise in the field of Tourism.
Kalli Kolberg: For sure I want to use the opportunity to go further, to learn more and to discover more. I have never tried ESC, I want to try it. When? Soon.
Ingmar Roomets: Yes, with art.
Would you recommend it to your friends? I yes, why? If not, why not?
Pavel Belykh: Yes, it was a very interesting project.
Linda Allas: Absolutely yes, because the organization was at the highest level, all problems were solved immediately and in general I received good vibes
Kalli Kolberg: Yes, I would like to recommend this youth exchange experience, in fact, I already did that. These opportunities always push your limits, push your boundaries. If you want to be better, you definitely need to come out of your comfort zone and those projects help you to come at this certain point.
Ingmar Roomets: Yes. That project was really well planned and we had an amazing group dynamics. It really was a super week in my life with lots of learning and lots of fun, very well balanced.
More comments or anything else you would like to share? You can add here in your own language, if you want!
Pavel Belykh: Thanks to Tairi and Marco and others that made this project for us.
Linda Allas: The reimbursement has been done super fast, which is excellent! Never seen anything like that before 🙂
Kalli Kolberg: I didn’t become an entrepreneur, at least not yet, but I became aware of how to ignore non-constructive criticism. Now my inner world is more supportive. I am more confident. And now I have tiny projects and challenges. For instance, I became a full vegan. Just to prove I can live this way, even in Estonia, where the main food is pork and a lot of people are scared of veganism. I like to be engaged with these challenges. The truth is it is working now and I am in need of a new little project. What is it going to be? Will see. Why did make me feel differently? I think people changed my point of view. These participants there, who taught how to love ourselves and how to share their worldview and spread love. Merci beaucoup as French would say.
Ingmar Roomets: Give love, receive love, Be love, create love! 🙏
Our graphic facilitator Dorottya Turos from our partner organization MeOut created a descriptive activity poster of each day.
During the project the participants shared their experience in the labour market and the world of entrepreneurship. They visited young local entrepreneurs in Tartu and got their hands dirty in trying it out themselves by creating innovative products or services and pitching them to investors.
In the end of this one-week lasting learning by doing experience the participants created a list of 10 tips & tricks of how to become an entrepreneur.
This Project was financed by European Commission’s Erasmus + Programme