Name of the project: I act, do you? Youth Exchange
Date: 30th September until 11th October 2019
City/Country: Milcoveni, Romania
What was the main topic of the event?
Marek Runga – About Parlamentary, corruption, society, villages and mayor
Birgitta Mölder – How to engage young people in voluntary work, how to create change
Jan Arnar Põldma – Volunteering and the promotion of it
Juhan Tammemäe – Civic activism
Lars-Henry Vehman – Civil Involvement
Julius Raamat – This project main topic was volunteering
Kristo Pae – Civic engagement and volunteering
Carmen Toomet – The main two topics of the project were opportunities for youth and volunteering, but most importantly, how to integrate them.
What was the biggest learning moments on the event for you?
Marek Runga – How much we are different from each country but in a same way we have most of it the common problems.
Birgitta Mölder – It is possible to create change by starting small and doing something for your community.
Jan Arnar Põldma – That it’s not the place or country that makes the project great but the people itself
Juhan Tammemäe – The biggest learning moments came from speaking to people of different backgrounds and learning from their experiences and views on life.
Lars-Henry Vehman – How easy it is to speak in front of other people.
Julius Raamat – For me it was speaking. I really learned how to speak in front of international audience. And this was my main target what i wanted to improve when i signed on.
Kristo Pae – I think that the biggest learning moment for me were the activities including the different cultures from foreign countries. I felt like those were the most interesting activities.
Carmen Toomet – Because I work with volunteering youth basically every day, there was not much new information for me, but what I think I learned the most was arguing and protecting your statements in English. Because we did a lot of group work and debates, I started to expand my vocabulary a lot.
Do you have any plans to continue active in the field? If yes, what?
Marek Runga – Yes, being as a group leader.
Birgitta Mölder – Yes, I would like to join an NGO which deals with a cause I am passionate about.
Jan Arnar Põldma – Share the knowledge and wisdom i get from these projects with my close ones
Juhan Tammemäe – If some time in the future I have extra time, then yes. I’m thinking of volunteering and inspiring others to do the same.
Lars-Henry Vehman – Yes I have. Perhaps I will join my local youth council.
Julius Raamat – Yes, i want to be involved more in these projects. I want to meet new people.
Kristo Pae – I definitely plan to do that, since I got to know more about some of the NGOs and volunteering organisations. Maybe by joining some NGOs that speak to me.
Carmen Toomet – Yeah absolutely, because i am organizing Changemakers programs, which are exactly that topic, i am contributing every day to popularize youth volunteering.
Would you recommend it to your friends? I yes, why? If not, why not?
Marek Runga – Of course i am, it’s a great way to experience different cultures and people and learn a lot about yourself as well
Birgitta Mölder – Yes, because you can find many like-minded people and have a lot of fun.
Jan Arnar Põldma – Of course it’s a great way to open up, take ACTION and come out of your shell. Also dont forget all your new foreign friends you can make
Juhan Tammemäe – I would definitely recommend this experience to my friends. It was an amazing opportunity to meet new people, make new connections and of course learn about other cultures and civic activism.
Lars-Henry Vehman – I will absolutely recommend this experience to my friends. It was just a nice experience socializing with other people who are completely different from me and from places I couldn’t even imagine before.
Julius Raamat – Yes of course. It was fun and educative. Those kind of projects certainly broaden your horizon.
Kristo Pae – Yes, I would recommend it to my friends because you get to travel and get to learn something new. The biggest reason why I would recommend it is that you get new connections, which can be useful in the future for cooperation.
Carmen Toomet – Of course i would recommend, because the new contacts you get from different countries, new perspectives, memories, unforgettable experiences and so on, are priceless. The confidence you get in speaking english, learning new words in other languages and of course, its absolutely the best way to learn how to speak in body language 🙂 Also cant forget that few days ago I saw a statistic where was said that (don’t remember the numbers) way too many people are found their love from Erasmus+ project 🙂
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Kristo Pae – Eestist oli väga äge punt ja grupijuht!
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This Project was financed by European Commission’s Erasmus + Programme