Name of the project: Non-violent Europe Training Course
Date: 31st July until 8th August 2019
City/Country: Kolin, Czech Republic
What was the main topic of the event?
Kadri Muuga – Understanding civil society and being an activist in a non-violent way.
Maarja Noorväli – By using peaceful ways communicate, create and do. We learned how to respectfully and openly communicate and listen, be aware of different point of views, how to tell our own stories, how to incorporate all this into creating our projects. How to resolve or even avoid problems from arising. I wasn’t at all aware that there are so many examples from so many different countries that fit this subject matter.
Julius Liiv – Main topic was Nonviolent Europe and to share the tools and methods how to start a change by being the initiator.
What was the biggest learning moments on the event for you?
Kadri Muuga – My biggest learning moment wasn’t about a concrete workshop. It was the power of non-formal learning and group leading techniques. The ways of holding the group’s attention, for example.
Maarja Noorväli – To be open for experiences, have courage and to be more confident in my abilities. I did get this saying from a random humorous life situations post on the internet, but it fits well in the situation and with the project also i guess and it goes “be afraid, but do it anyways!”.
Julius Liiv – I learned about new theories and some new activities or tools that will sure be life-changing for some youth
Do you have any plans to continue active in the field? If yes, what?
Kadri Muuga – I do, starting with realising my own project of reducing food waste.
Maarja Noorväli – Let’s say I’m keeping my eyes open for either a project or an idea of a project that I will feel passionately about in an enough way. Ready for an offer if someone needs help with a project or waiting for something to arise the want to start a project of my own.
Julius Liiv – I am active by doing some activities for the youth
Would you recommend it to your friends? I yes, why? If not, why not?
Kadri Muuga – I would, because it promotes personal development and understanding the world better. Plus, it’s always interesting to meet people from other cultures. In the project, one can learn to know them and have some memorable experiences.
Maarja Noorväli – I would definitely recommend this kind of experience to my friends. Especially with the subject of the project, but maybe with any project, there was so much love and support for one another. I’m very thankful for the people i met there and the experiences shared. That kind of “bubble” to be in was very heartwarming. And I feel that some of the skills and techniques we learned there actually stuck so I’m better off as a human going forwards thanks to that also.
Julius Liiv – Yes because it offers you so much experience you just cannot get from anywhere else. Not only the topic activities and information you get, but also the people and their cultures are something you will cherish and remember!
More comments or anything else you would like to share? You can add here in your own language, if you want!
Maarja Noorväli – There is always a first of everything and this was besides the project being my first also my first traveling by plain and there were different other firsts. Some of them scary, others just exiting. I invite you to try and experience and DO! Like I already told in someones words “be afraid, but do it anyways!”.
This Project was financed by European Commission’s Erasmus + Programme