Name of the project: “ The Power of eARTh” Youth Exchange
Date: 15th – 23rd March 2022
City/Country: Merine, Italy
What was the main topic of the event?
Antanas Bruzas – Mindfulness
Geity Komussar – To connect with yourself and nature
Ketri Nõlvak – The main topics of the project were mindfulness and connecting with nature.
Li-Ann Sahk – Nature, mindfulness and art
Rõõt Kampus – Mindfulness, art
What were the biggest learning moments of the event for you?
Antanas Bruzas – An international group with five nationalities, diverse backgrounds, ages, and interests made real the creation of a safe space where expressing our opinions, discussing with respect and tolerance, and finding common points were possible. Thanks to different exercises I realized that sometimes I do not listen consciously. It is so easy to fall into evaluations rather than appreciate what the person in front of us is expressing, what it really needs from us, and what we are feeling with that story. Nowadays, in this world of haste, it is priceless to stop, listen and connect with other human beings. I will always keep in my mind the exercise about emphatic dialogue because it opened my eyes radically.
Geity Komussar – How really easy tools and just taking time for yourself makes a really big changes.
Ketri Nõlvak – The biggest learning moment for me was that I actually enjoyed being outside and going on walks in nature by myself.
Li-Ann Sahk – People are more alike than we think.
Rõõt Kampus – People and their connection to the nature
Do you have any plans to continue being active in the field? If yes, what?
Antanas Bruzas – This project has been a transformational experience, a new way to see the reality, to express myself, to find deep connections, to embrace the present moment and all my feelings, to be part of our small community, to laugh and cry when we felt like that and to experience every single moment without judging. I conceive my life as a continuous change – evolution – revolution, this youth exchange was the seed that represent a change in how I was seeing my reality, the next steps will be to evolve and finally, my projects and goals will flourish like a revolution.
Geity Komussar – Yes, when it’s possible then I’ll try to go other eramsus projects as well, meeting people and everything else is just really refreshing and amazing. Plus I’ll continue to educate myself and give to others.
Ketri Nõlvak – I have many personal plans how to encorporate everything I learned during the project into my life but I’d also like to share the knowledge and I think NÜH can help me with that.
Li-Ann Sahk – I want to work around psychology and mindfulness in some way.
Rõõt Kampus – Not totally sure, what do you mean, but participating in youth exchanges and trainings – yes, cool!
Would you recommend it to your friends? If yes, why? If not, why not?
Antanas Bruzas – Yes, to learn new methods.
Geity Komussar – Yes absolutely, because it’s amazing oportunity
Ketri Nõlvak – I had an amazing youth exchange experience in Italy. I’d recommend this experience to everyone, because it widens your world, you meet so many amazing and talented people along the way and hopefully, you’ll make friends for life just as I did.
Li-Ann Sahk – Probably, if they’re mentally stable enough. And aren’t in risk of burning out and stress
Rõõt Kampus – Totally, you meet with so many nice people all over the Europe.
This Project was financed by European Commission’s Erasmus + Programme