Name of the project: “The migrART” Youth Exchange
Date: 29th January till 04th February 2022
City/Country: Miranda de Ebro, Spain
What was the main topic of the event?
Alisa Hlebnikova – Migration.
Anna Mäkinen – Migration.
Katre Sutt – Migration.
Ketrin Kastehein – Migration.
Kerli Zirk – Migration.
What was the biggest learning moments on the event for you?
Alisa Hlebnikova – The simulation of escaping the country. We had to pack things and to escape the country we had to give our things to other people to get help from them. After this activity I realized how stressful this process is and how unfair people can act towards others. So it helped to fully realize what migrants feel, who have to escape the country immediately.
Anna Mäkinen – First of all, the way different countries approach and understand migration. For example Estonians are more careful about this topic. Searching potential negative aspects of migration. Spanish people in comparison are very opened and mostly see positive aspects of migration. Also a big learning moment was a cooperation and doing group works with people from different cultures. Everyone has their own understanding of the right way of doing things, discussing things and also time management. Finding compromises was sometimes a challenge, but definitely an important learning aspect to use in future. Thirdly, i liked informal way of learning. Interactive group works, out of box thinking etc were all the key words of the project.
Katre Sutt- I learned a lot in group works like how you get more ideas, how you can make decisions as a “family” and that you don’t need to get the work done alone.
Ketrin Kastehein – How little do I know about that topic and how media affects migration negatively. Media has such an impact in every field and we as individuals should be very critical on what we read and believe.
Kerli Zirk – EU countries have really different approaches towards migration and integration.
Do you have any plans to continue active in the field? If yes, what?
Alisa Hlebnikova – After the project I want to investigate how is it possible to help migrants in our country to settle down or just organize some events for them.
Anna Mäkinen – Yes, as i am currently working at the ministry of culture which is dealing with integration policy, i can definitely use the knowledge at work.
Katre Sutt- Yes, I would like to try to bring more awareness in people about the migration problems in all countries and how they can help to reduce them.
Ketrin Kastehein – I would love to go to more youth exchanges and maybe even as a group leader. Also I am interested in training courses and ESC.
Kerli Zirk – Since I work in the field of adaptation policy, I will use the information.
Would you recommend it to your friends? I yes, why? If not, why not?
Alisa Hlebnikova – I would definitely recommend this experience to my friends not only because it increased my awareness of migration and the life of migrants, but also because of cultural exchange.
Anna Mäkinen – Yes, I definitely would. The project was amazing, the accommodation good and all instructions clear. But also, during the project i heart from others that its not always like this. Sometimes the accommodation/food can be very bad and project messy. So i think we were very lucky with our project.
Katre Sutt – Yes I would, because in projects like this you learn so much about yourself and what is happening in the world and what you can do to help other people.
Ketrin Kastehein – Yes, definitely. Those youth exchanges open eyes about the topic and since you are together with strangers approximately for a week you’ll learn something about other cultures and also about yourself in new social situations. Usually expressing yourself in English develops too.
Kerli Zirk – Yes, helps to understand the diversity of Europe.
This Project was financed by European Commission’s Erasmus + Programme