Who? 22 participants, from three countries: Poland, Jordan and Slovakia
Where? Murzasichle, Poland
When? from 16 to 22 February 2020
What? A project that combines intercultural and language skills using digital story telling method
In this winter we were in Polish mountains with organizations „Youth Spirit Center” from Jordan and „Youth for Equality” Slovakia for project „My Story My Strength”. We had a great time together. Some tried skiing for the first time, others overcame their weakness by entering the Kondratowa Valley. We visited Zakopane and relaxed in the thermal baths. Apart from all the entertainment, the trip was a lesson in interculturalism. Polish participants have improved their language skills. Our work method was digital storytelling. Youth worked individually searching for their own topic, creating storyboards, collecting media, recording history and editing the final product. Participants opened and shared emotional stories. Very often difficult stories.
Project aims to reach marginalized youth. We will encourage our youth to plan activities that have high educational value and let them learn outside of the classroom. Most participants would never be able to afford or organize such a trip on their own.
Our experience has shown that taking part in international projects, though difficult at first since it requires leaving their comfort zone, usually leads to a significant increase in self-esteem. Having trainer professionals – trainers, educators, psychologists – to their disposal during these trips gives them a much needed feeling of safety that allows them to explore new skills and talents.
In keeping with the objectives of the Erasmus+ Programme, this project will be a good setting for working on inclusion and diversity. Our youth have often voiced a concern that they feel stigmatised simply because they are living in foster care. This project will give them the opportunity to exchange experiences with youth their own age but in an entirely different cultural setting and using a medium that they feel very comfortable with.
We have identify the following key objectives: