Another amazing project finished and sent home 48 participants richer in experience, in knowledge, in ideas, in friendships. Erasmus+ funded Youth Exchange ”EU Future, Maybe” has officially finished,
This youth exchange project took its place in Germany in a small village called Mozen. The countries that participated in this project are Germany, Italy, Spain, Serbia, Bulgaria and Republic of North Macedonia. Each country gathered 8 participants among which 1 team leader with idea of sharing their culture, knowledge, perspective on different topics, and ideas on how to solve certain problems our generation faces.
In these 7 days that participants spent together they had the opportunity to live together, eat together, and spend their time working on different topics and exchanging practices and experiences. Each day there were 4 working sessions trough out the day and during that time participants worked in mixed country groups and had to work together to present certain situations, social settings, opinions of the group, knowledge. The workshops were all connected with the topic of EU and YOUTH, like young people in Europe, who are the citizens of Europe, how it is for non-European Union citizens to talk about E.U., what are the general problems but also solutions of young people in EU and most important – what we can do to create our safe European future.
Many people came with few or no expectations, but left with a higher level of self-confidence, presenting skills and debating skills, developed level of creativity and motivation to take active part in future decision making processes.
As one of our participants said: “By spending time after time here I think you’ll naturally become more open minded because the type of workshops and activities we have here tell the reality of certain situations and make us think about how maybe some of us are more privileged than other and how 30 years ago there was no “youth of Europe” and now thanks to projects like Erasmus and Erasmus plus we are able to travel to other countries and learn, but become courageous to take active role in creating our future. Because the topics that it has been talked about here are real life situations we are facing right know I personally think we can connect over them and learn.”
Another participant shared their thoughts: Personally I’ll bring home from this project a lot of new friends from all around the world, new ideas on how to improve my life and the life of my country, a lot of memories. I have become a lot more open minded person, I have destroyed certain x stereotypes I have had about certain nationalities. Learning that there are a lot of young people, a whole generation that calls themselves THE YOUTH OF EUROPE and is here for each other and is here for changes and becoming a unity of people who share skills, knowledge, ideas, solutions, help each other with problems.”
While finishing this project, we can say that the “Erasmus generation” is by every project becoming richer with knowledge, experience, self-development, by new network and friends and with high determination to do better – and to be better not just for themselves but for the future of Europe.