Name of the project: Game Factory Youth Exchange
Date: 10th until 18th January 2020
City/Country: Olsztyn, Poland
What was the main topic of the project?
Liis Paurson: The aim of this project was to introduce games we played as children on the playground from different countries. Later on we would make our own games and teach them to children at the kindergarden and in primary school.
Elian Dutra: Creating of new games for children.
Julija Zõkina: Game Factory, creating new games, get to know different countries’ national games
THI NGOC TRINH TUONG: Connecting young people and creating some games for society
Bogdan Mihhailjuk: We studied the cultures and national games of other participating countries
Lisa Benita: Creating games and countries introducing games from their cultures
What was the biggest learning moment for you?
Liis Paurson: For me I learned a lot about different cultures. I met some new wildly interesting people and made friends with them. I made memorise for life and it was extremely hard to say goodbye to everyone. I also learned a lot about myself and learned how to manage by myself, be independent and to trust myself more. Being in a new environment really brings out your true self.
Elian Dutra: Getting to know about new cultures and historical national games from the participants.
Julija Zõkina: When we created our own games, it is good experience for me, how to create an idea and develope it
THI NGOC TRINH TUONG: How creative people are
Bogdan Mihhailjuk: The national evenings, where each country did detailed presentations, presenting main information about themselves
Lisa Benita: About other cultures, and how similar things we all have in common
Do you have any plans to continue being active in the field? If yes, in which way?
Liis Paurson: I would really love to do the Youth Exchange again, it really was one of the best experiences I have had in my life. If another opportunity shows itself I wouldn’t think twice. I really enjoyed the whole experience and would do it again in a heartbeat.
Elian Dutra: Yes, creating games and new ways of perspective is the most admirable idea that could become peaceful and cultural achievement.
Julija Zõkina: I would like to continue participating in that kind of projects, also i would like also to create something
THI NGOC TRINH TUONG: Yes, I did share my activities while I was in Poland on my social account and I’m going to write a post about the program, share information about the project and I hope I can inspire other people by my story and picture.
Bogdan Mihhailjuk: I will definitely look for other similar projects and if possible, will definitely participate
Lisa Benita: Yes, I really enjoyed this youth exchange, and want to participate in many more
Would you recommend this experience to your friends? If yes, why? If no, why not?
Liis Paurson: Yes, of course! It was an amazing experience I wouldn’t change it for anything. I learned so much and the opportunity was something I have never experienced before. It widened my worldview tremendously and changed my whole mindset about myself and other people. I loved my time in this project and with the people I was with.
Elian Dutra: Yes, they definitely should experience what I have experienced, it is touching and meaningful since you get to know more about the humanity by know the humans the way we should know each other, being able to experience a short version of my childhood, playing games and rediscovering how is to be a kid is something really amazing, our creativity grows and the limits are unlimited because our imagination is settled as an unreal reality.
Julija Zõkina: Of course yes, it is good opportunity to get to know more about different countries culture, traditions, languages. Also to meet new friends and just usefully spend your time
THI NGOC TRINH TUONG: Yes, I would love to recommend this experience to my friends. Because, nowadays people are too busy with their phone, their life and this is a good chance to connect with other people, get new friend and create something new for society. Moreover, it’s also a chance to refresh ourselves.
Bogdan Mihhailjuk: Absolutely yes, it was an amazing week. I learned so much about multiple countries, got to meet so many amazing people. The logistics were also great, a good place to sleep, good food and even the transportation is paid back. I don’t even have anything negative feedback.
Lisa Benita: Yes. It’s a great opportunity to make connections with people from abroad. Aswell to learn things about yourself.
Other comments or anything else you would like to share? You can answer in your mother tongue, if you want!
Elian Dutra: I want to thanks everybody for the awesome time we spent together, it definitely changed my life and I hope I see them again. Valeu Marco Santos, tu és o cara, quero muito ir em outros projetos e fazer parte da organização!
Julija Zõkina: Organisation of this project was so good, i liked it, also i liked how nyh controled us, so i felt, that everything was well-organized
THI NGOC TRINH TUONG: Thank you so much for having me in the project. I hope we will meet up soon. Aitäh!!!
Bogdan Mihhailjuk: Since this was my first project, I will surely have memories of it in the back of my head for the rest of my life. In some way, I would even say, it was a life-changing experience. After returning home, with fresh tears in my eyes from saying goodbye to this little project family I acquired, I sat down to rethink some parts of my life. It is just unbelievable much I learned during this project and from all the amazing people. I am looking to participate in something similar in the near future and I hope that someday I can lead a group of young enthusiastic people myself.
Lisa Benita: I really enjoyed this project 🙂
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This Project was financed by European Commission’s Erasmus + Programme