Name of the project: Planning for the Future Training Course
Date: 26th June until 4th July 2021
City/Country: Kolin, Czech Republic
What was the main topic of the event?
Tuuli Lepland – The main topics of this project were critical thinking, media and financial literacy.
Anu Rae – The training course had three objectives: critical thinking, media literacy and financial literacy.
Serafima Kolodkina – Mix of long-term planing, critical thinking, media and financial literacy.
What was the biggest learning moments on the event for you?
Tuuli Lepland – I had a lot of learning moments, since the topics were very relevant to me (e.g. how to make better decisions and how to be more innovative). But I would say that the biggest lesson I learned is introspective: I learned that I am actually more social that I thought (as an introvert) and also I should be more self-assertive in my opinions.
Anu Rae – My favourite was most definitely critical thinking! The lecturer had many super interesting exercises/challenges for us which were supported with theoretical background (although the focus was on practice). This lecturer was also professional trainer which made it easy to follow him. From these I learned: 1) CCC – challenge, consider, conclude – guide to solve any problem 2) data analysis – is your data complete and/or sufficient?
Serafima Kolodkina – To begin with, this was my very first experience participating in the Erasmus + project. For me, everything was new, unusual, non-standard. I love informal learning and this is exactly what I received in full while on the project. All the main topics of the project were revealed and conveyed in the best possible way, but the most interesting thing was to observe how the participants really are similar, despite their different nationalities. We have the same goals, we see life the same way, from different angles, with different experiences, but in the same way. Integration is a very interesting and important aspect of any international project. I was very inspired by the critical thinking part as well as financial literacy. I learned to go beyond what I am used to, to think more out of the box, not to be afraid to make the wrong decisions. Recalculate your financial expenses, as well as reflect and start exploring the world of investments.
Do you have any plans to continue active in the field? If yes, what?
Tuuli Lepland – I would like to participate in more training programs in the future. Also, being on the organizing side sounds interesting to me, but before that I would like to gain more experience.
Anu Rae – Yes, definitely! As my first Erasmus+ experience was absolutely wonderful, I would love to participate in other training courses as well.
Linda Ojap – I plan on volunteering more and find a place to work with youth as well as work as a full time teacher in kindergarden.
Serafima Kolodkina – This was my first and now far from the last project. I want to take part in various training courses, get a unique experience that will help me find the right idea for creating and conducting a project in Estonia.
Would you recommend it to your friends? I yes, why? If not, why not?
Tuuli Lepland – Yes, I would definitely recommend this experience to my friends. Firstly, you learn so much in such a short amount of time (the sessions are very interesting and packed with useful information). Secondly, you also learn about yourself (e.g. how you act in a group setting). Thirdly, you find out so much about different cultures, their values and realities. Doing group projects and spending time with people from different cultural and social backgrounds enriches your own worldviews. And lastly, it is a really fun experience! There’s nonformal learning (e.g. a lot of games) and also you get to spend time with really kind, funny and loving people (and make some friends along the way)!
Anu Rae – ABSOLUTEY YES! NÜH was super helpful in sending me to Czechia. Receiving organisation had planned the whole week perfectly, so everything ran smoothly, lecturers were professional in their field and they changed activities based on what we liked to do. Other participants both from Estonia and other countries were the sweetest and funniest people I’ve ever met! In total – best week I have had in a long time! 🙂
Serafima Kolodkina – I highly recommend taking part in training courses, especially organized by CEFIG International. This is a quality mark for me. In general, projects of this kind are a unique opportunity to combine business with pleasure. That is, you travel, it seems like you are also relaxing, but the most important thing is that you gain knowledge, new acquaintances and experience.
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Anu Rae – Ma kindlasti soovitan teistest sarnastest koolitustest osa võtta! Eriti kui selle organiseerijaks on CEFIG Tšehhis, sest nad teevad asja südamega ning organiseerisid kõike suurepäraselt.