Name of the project: “Believe in yourself and act!” Youth Exchange
Date: 29th July – 6th August 2023
City/Country: Oleśnica, Poland
What was the main topic of the event?
Olha Haidai – The main topic of the project was raising self-confidence among youth and motivation to make independent decisions and actions.
Angelina Kalinina – Believing in yourself.
Jannar Laar – The main topic of the project was to learn about feelings and how to control your emotions better.
Aleksandra Gerassimov – Low self-confidence; lack of confidence in one`s abilities; less resourceful than their peers; lack of motivation to make independent decisions and actions; quick resignation from accepted commitments for fear of failure; demonstrating deficiencies in social competencies and educational deficits, which makes it difficult; proper functioning in school, professional and private environments; overcoming various barriers limiting educational and life success; support in problems with learning and concentration – lack of role models due to the lack of support of others.
Sofia Goltsman – Believe in yourself and act
Kirill Bilitšenko – Help to believe in yourself.
Karin Ivarine – Self-improvement.
Jana Kotsnova – Tackling issues such as low self-confidence, lack of motivation to make independent decisions and actions, overcoming various barriers limiting educational and life success, and others.
What were the biggest learning moments of the event for you?
Olha Haidai – The biggest learning moment for me was understanding the differences between each of the participants which helped me to develop my patience and level of tolerance. I also experienced some facilitating and learned more about leadership skills and teamwork. I liked the blacksmithing workshop a lot as well.
Angelina Kalinina – I learned how to not be afraid of how you look or who you are.
Jannar Laar – When we had a tour of the castle I got to know about the castle.
Aleksandra Gerassimov – Being independent, relying on myself, communicating with new people from different cultures and seeing differences in people’s cultures and personalities.
Sofia Goltsman – Practice language.
Kirill Bilitšenko – Not afraid of being active.
Karin Ivarine – When we were doing collages about ourselves and taking pictures that had a meaning.
Jana Kotsnova – The fact that participants of this project came from very different backgrounds gave me the opportunity to learn about communication, tolerance, and overcoming the feeling of exclusion. During the week I was also immersed in the Polish language and culture a lot, which wasn`t easy at first and taught me to quickly adapt to the unknown and embrace the feeling of discomfort.
Do you have any plans to continue being active in the field? If yes, in which way?
Olha Haidai – Yes. I`m planning to continue participating in Erasmus+ projects and probably to be more involved in the process of organizing them.
Angelina Kalinina – Yes, I would love to participate in more Erasmus+ projects.
Jannar Laar – Yes, I would like to take part in other projects, to make new friends and get to know more about other countries.
Aleksandra Gerassimov – Yes, to continue communication with new friends.
Sofia Goltsman – Yes, I would like to continue to participate in projects. perhaps even help with their organization.
Kirill Bilitšenko – Yes, as a student.
Karin Ivarine – I think so, but I don’t know in which way yet.
Jana Kotsnova – I would like to continue being active in the field by participating in more international exchanges and events and learning from the experiences of other people.
Would you recommend this experience to your friends? If yes, why? If no, why not?
Olha Haidai – Indeed. I do believe that such kinds of projects are the perfect way to meet new people, develop yourself, know more about different cultures and countries, collect unforgettable memories and just have fun 🙂
Angelina Kalinina –I definitely would recommend it since this is the best experience I ever had.
Jannar Laar – Yes because you can meet new people and get to know them.
Aleksandra Gerassimov – Yes, because a new experience is always a good experience. It’s a good place to find new friends and open yourself.
Sofia Goltsman – Yes, I would definitely recommend such trips to my acquaintances and friends. because it is on such trips that you get a great experience and development. for example: learning the language, meeting new people, learning the culture, and working out your discipline and independence.
Kirill Bilitšenko – Yes, because it’s cheap and interesting.
Karin Ivarine – Yes, it’s one in a lifetime experience that helps you and you can never forget.
Jana Kotsnova – Yes, because it`s a great way to travel, find new friends and practice foreign languages.
Other comments or anything else you would like to share? You can answer in your mother tongue if you want!
Olha Haidai – Thank you for this opportunity and thank you to my team! Im so proud of you❤️
Angelina Kalinina –Just don’t be scared of trying something new and enjoy your life!
Aleksandra Gerassimov – Accommodation was really beautiful, it was a really interesting experience living in a castle. The small town where we were living was very nice and safe. Overall people were nice, but the project was not organised well (there was a lot of free time, a lot of confusing activities, where not everyone was included, and personal hygienic care was given on the second half of the project). Food was unhealthy and not tasty, also first days there was no water given. I really liked the trip to Wroclaw, but it would be better to have a longer time there because the town was very beautiful. I really liked the presentations about the countries and the blacksmithing workshop.
Sofia Goltsman – Ничего такого! Все было прекрасно и я еще раз хочу поблагодарить всех за то, что предоставили мне такую возможность! Буду рада сотрудничать в будущем.
Kirill Bilitšenko – Это было интересно.