Dance Without Borders – Erasmus+ Youth Exchange project – an experience to remember!
“Dance Without Borders,” might seem like a self-explanatory program headline with expected outcomes for an Erasmus+ Youth Exchange project. But as the project deepened, we began to realize that it was so much more than just better dancing skills that we gained. If you are about to participate in a Erasmus+ Youth Exchange program, better arrive without expectations and let yourself be surprised.
8 different European countries – 40 inspiring and ambitious people
12 days in Ureki, Georgia – and the magnificent black sea
became an experience to remember…
The Erasmus+ project
The project started with an intensive first day, where the introduction of the project and the participants took place. The sessions were concentrated on getting to know each other and building trust. It was essential to cooperate and work with each other with the aim of a successful project during the next days.Therefore, at the end of all the days, we always gathered in smaller groups. It was managed by group leaders and reflected with individual experiences and skills about the day. Purpose of the week was to conclude all we experienced in a final performance representing the message behind Erasmus+ ” Dance Without Borders”.
Media and communication session
A huge highlight and impressive experience was media and communication session. How we should select quality information from the vast quantity that we receiver every day. This topic leads us to a critical question to our age, the refugee situation in Europe. It made us think how could we find and help with a proper tool to give support and integrate them into our society. How about the dance, body movement or a healthy lifestyle as a universal tool?
United, connected and conscious
With every single thing we did, activities, team building, meeting the Georgian culture – we became closer as a group, more united, connected, conscious of being a team. The shy ones gained confidence and got a voice. Creativity was a constant flow building our days leading up to the final performance lighting up the souls of the participants with enthusiasm, confidence and the passion for a good result.
The final performance was a show in the local theater for school kids and inhabitants of Ureki. For the show, we didn’t use any verbal tools, but our emotions. Happiness, anger, friendships, love, support, loneliness, union were translated into body movements.
We learned how overwhelming feeling it is to speak out and express our mind, emotions, and show our personal skills. How we can benefit by using body language – mimic as a successful communication tunnel. Also, how can we be more responsible citizens by caring more about our life and society. And how important it is to be yourself. In addition of all this, we met new interesting, inspiring, strong and talented people. The main casts of the Erasmus+ project.
You can read about other Erasmus+ project here.