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.

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Erasmus+ Youth Exchange – Dance Without Borders 

If you are about to participate in a Erasmus+ Youth Exchange program, better arrive without expectations and let yourself be surprised. 

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”.

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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.

Creativity

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.

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BTP period – 3 months

Returning to school with heads and hands full of new knowledge and energy for Bringing it to the Public. Meeting with the team, showing, telling, exchanging experiences and making it common knowledge.

Producing articles, pamphlets, videos, presentations, exhibitions, speeches for debate forums, books and more. Studying further the curriculum in Fighting with The Poor, bringing the truth to the public. 

Going to different schools around Europe to spread the new knowledge in various creative ways – speeches, newspaper articles, lectures at universities and colleges, debates and other public events, exhibitions – leading to a better understanding and inspiring to take an action.

Passing the final exams in Fighting with The Poor. Using the last months together to conclude our future perspectives and possible ways of improving The Poor’s quality in life with humble ways of sharing knowledge.

Volunteer period – 6 months

The Project Work in Africa or India in cooperation with Humana People to People. In this period, you can work at:

  • Teacher training colleges
  • Educating teachers for rural areas
  • Vocational schools for young people
  • Schools for street children.Preschools
  • Sanitation and hygiene in rural areas
  • Tree planting campaigns
  • Raising funds for social projects by forming partnerships and selling second hand clothes and shoes
  • Stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS (following the program TCE/Total Control of the Epidemic)

Arriving at the project in Africa or India, having left behind a courageous journey where fundamental human capabilities have been turned around, refreshed and energised by knowing that things such as travelling can be done in a totally different way than the mainstream tourist travelling.

Ready for doing the work needed at the project, bringing plans and materials from the previous periods. Getting to know the people at the project, the vision and idea of the project and the many concrete tasks to be carried out.

Carrying out the tasks as defined within the necessities of the project and by the Project Leadership. Fighting shoulder to shoulder with The Poor: building preschools, starting Garden Farming, doing literacy campaigns, eradicating malaria, teaching about big issues of our time while working as a teacher at DNS, starting income-generating activities, working as a TCE Special Force in the fight against HIV/AIDS – as a few examples.

Studying and working with your Specialisation in Fighting with The Poor, finalising with a People’s Exam and a written thesis at the end of the period. Acquiring skills in information work: making interviews, taking notes and pictures, writing summaries and reports, recording videos.

Living together with the people at the project, being a good example of living a humble life while improving things with small means to make daily life better.

Travel period – 3 months

Living on the road, being on the move, finding means of transport and places to sleep, talking to people on the road, being curious to understand and know about the countries you are traveling through.

Making investigations, meeting people, visiting their workplaces, staying in their homes, understanding their problems, meeting their culture and values and sharing thoughts with them about the world and the future.

Telling people about your venture to a third world country, trying out bringing it to the public what you have so far experienced and learned. Putting up investigations on a higher level, asking tough questions to self and to the group, getting hold of more answers and putting up new questions.

Taking notes and pictures, writing reports and discussing the seen and the experienced.
Finding good ways of sticking together in the Trios and in the group as such during the travel period.

Study Period – 6 months

At this school, you will find that learning is not first and foremost about listening to the teacher.

The school’s Program consists of a range of intense and spirited activities, theoretical studies and experiences that constitute the sum of learning and life processes carried through by a group of people who for a considerable period of time share a Program with each other that demands cooperation and efforts, and which at the same time is sprinkled with elements that are inspiring and also quite out of the ordinary.

Thus, learning will also take place through communication, deliberations, through working out your plan for learning and sticking to it, and putting to use what you learned, the methods you used, the ideas you got from it and the results you harvested from the training.

You will train yourself in being adventurers and survivors, living and traveling under very humble conditions, not using much money and always finding a way out by ingenuity, being smart and sticking together with your teammates.