nooretevahetus youth exchange nyh turkiye pictureName of the project: “Get Your Own Picture” Youth Exchange

Date: 19th May – 29th May 2022

City/Country: Antalya, Türkiye



What was the main topic of the event?

Kadi Põder – Short Movies

Liisa Maria Lai – To create short films and meet people from around the world.

Marleen Pärn – Short Film

Marlene Leppänen – Cultural exchange and film making.

Maria Vakmann – Cultural exchange and learning to make short films

Philip Kaat – Active citizenship; filmmaking

Sten Vendik – Cultural exchange, making short movies

Villu Kangur – Learning more about film making and making our own short films.


nooretevahetus youth exchange nyh turkiye pictureWhat were the biggest learning moments of the event for you?

Kadi Põder – How cool is do something with absolutely strangers people and how fast we can start love eachothers.

Liisa Maria Lai – How in such a short time it’s possible to find and meet peers that you’ll miss for lifetime.

Marleen Pärn – All the team building games and activities really do help to get to know other project members really fast. The programme has really tight schedule, but it’s necessary for the end product which are the short films.

Marlene Leppänen – To not worry about time management too much, that it’s ok if some things get postponed or someone is late.Learned to live in the moment.

Maria Vakmann – Learning so much in such little time about other cultures. I also loved learning new words in Turkish and German, which I still use and have kept in my vocabulary. As well as, becoming more immersed in the film world and what it actually takes to make a film.

Philip Kaat – Experiencing Turkish and German cultures through real life communication

Sten Vendik – Be present and release your thoughts about past or future

Villu Kangur – I learned loads about camerawork, lighting and how to organize large groups in efficient ways. Also it was fascinating to get a real “culture shock” and was taken out of my comfort zone in regards of time management, differences in temperament etc.


nooretevahetus youth exchange nyh turkiye pictureDo you have any plans to continue being active in the field? If yes, what?

Kadi Põder – Yes of cours, I really want go more projects and see more cool peple.

Liisa Maria Lai – Yes, definitely. Take up new projects, try to widen my perspective and variety in the field. Already started a new job in film industry.  

Marleen Pärn – Yes, as I had experience in the movie production before the project, I’ll continue to work as a freelancer in that field. It’s gave me the boost to do it even more and maybe try out as editor or director.

Marlene Leppänen – I will definitly use some of the skills I got from there in future projects. Probably by creating my own personal lifestyle videos.

Maria Vakmann – Yes! I hope so, I love the creative aspect of the film industry. I’m most interested in writing and directing.

Philip Kaat – I will continue attending and helping organize YEs

Sten Vendik – Making more movies

Villu Kangur – I will continue working on the field of media as a producer.


nooretevahetus youth exchange nyh turkiye pictureWould you recommend it to your friends? If yes, why? If not, why not?

Kadi Põder – Yes, this is good experience meet different good people.

Liisa Maria Lai – Yes, absolutely! It’s a great way to learn new things with new interesting people. To be engaged in topics you might not have known anything about. Enjoy great local foods, be enchanted by the atmosphere and make new great connections.

Marleen Pärn – Yes, definitely. This has been the coolest experience, I loved every moment of it. I made so many new friends, saw the most beautiful side of Turkey (Kabak) and it’s people and learned a lot about myself. I would say it’s a must!

Marlene Leppänen – Definitely! I think meeting new people will always bring you new things in life, not just skill wise within this project, but also perspective.

Maria Vakmann – Yes, of course! What’s not to recommend! This whole experience was out of this world magical. You’ll learn things that you would never be able to learn in a traditional classroom setting.

Philip Kaat – I would and I have before; it is a great learning experience combined with sincere fun.

Sten Vendik – I would for sure.  Such a amazing experience, found so many good new friends, learned new skills, found out things about myself I didn’t know before

Villu Kangur – Yes! Great location, great people, loads of new valuable lessons.


This Project was financed by European Commission’s Erasmus + Programme