Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Training of Trainers on Non-Violent Communication - INTERVIEW WITH MAIK MASES AND KADI-KAISA KALJUVEER

Name of the project: Training of trainers on non-violent communication
Date: 6th -13th  April 2017
Country/City: Turkey, Ankara

What was the main topic of the event?

Maik Mases: The main topic was training of trainers but the topic on non-violent communication was also addressed.

Kadi-Kaisa Kaljuveer: Non-Violent communication.

What was the biggest learning moments on the event for you?

Maik Mases:I learned to communicate calmly and constructively on sensitive issues. I also learned how to carry out a session using non-formal education methods.

Kadi-Kaisa Kaljuveer: The day we got to facilitate our own session.

Do you have any plans to continue active in the field? If yes, what?

Maik Mases: It is possible that I undergo further training's on becoming a trainer myself.

Kadi-Kaisa Kaljuveer: I can’t say for sure. I still have some thinking to do.

Would you recommend it to your friends? I yes, why? If not, why not?

Maik Mases: I definitely recommend such experiences to my friends because regardless of the topic of the project, there are always people from all over Europe participating from whom there is so much to learn and obtain new ideas.

Kadi-Kaisa Kaljuveer: Yes I would! It’s a great opportunity to get to know yourself better and also to get to know other cultures and people as well. Nothing to lose, only to gain!

More comments or anything else you would like to share? You can add here in your own language, if you want!

Maik Mases: Show initiative, be an active communicator (including listening!) and make the most of your experience!

Kadi-Kaisa Kaljuveer: I guess I had one of the most productive weeks in the past few months during this time spent in Ankara. Got to know awesome people, participate in activities and get a lot of other (not project related) work done as well. Prove to myself once again that if I have a decent amount of things to do I am the most productive.

This Project was financed by European Commission's Erasmus + Programme

Thursday, April 13, 2017


Name of the project: Act Non-Formal
Date: 16th to 24th March 2017
Country/City: St. Andreasberg, Germany

What was the main topic of the event?

Aimar: The main topic was using drama-methods in work with youth. For this aim we went through different ways of improv, learned about “the theatre of the oppressed”, did some creative writing and with our teams developed one activity to other participants. All this was lead by funny and wise trainers Maria and Mohammed.

Ann: The main reason we spend an awesome week in St. Andreasberg was theatre and everything related to it and, of course, all the possible ways to integrate theatre into non-formal youth work. And yes, I agree, that the trainers were awesome and really inspiring. I felt like one week is not enough to absorb everything they had to give. And what is even more interesting, Maria and Mohammed met only a day before the training, but for all of us it seemed like they had known each other for years already - that’s how well they made it work.

Kaidi: In my mind the training was about how to guide children to open and express themselves better. 

What was the biggest learning moments on the event for you?

Ann: Besides all the new methods and ideas I gained more confidence to perform myself and come up with my own ideas. Also I feel like I am now way more motivated to organize something myself, even if at first only at my own school.

Aimar: The short and easy answer would be, that the whole training was one big learning moment for me. But by thinking about it more deeply, some clearer moments come up. One of the biggest learning moments was improv theatre for me. I discovered, that I knew and had done some methods of it before, but this time
everything was together and I learned, that it isn’t so difficult as I imagined. Once I stepped in action fright faded and ideas started to come. It was also cool to learn, that I had used some methods of improv theatre in my everyday work while in front of class.
Another big learning moment was theatre of the oppressed and especially the forum theatre. I have seen it a few times before but never so deeply and for the first time I understood all the possibilities, what it involves. Also I am more ready to use it with my students in my lessons, because I understood the method better.

Kaidi: I learned different methods to teach children to know themselves better. Also I learned how to guide them better in order to create contact with people from other places and from different cultures.

Do you have any plans to continue active in the field? If yes, what?

Ann: I am definitely planning to use many of these methods at my workplace during the summer camps. Although I am a language teacher drama is a good tool to encourage kids to express themselves and not to be afraid of speaking.

Aimar: I don’t know yet exactly when or how, but I certainly will use at least some learned methods in my work. One of the subjects I teach is Social Studies and I think I could use “Theatre of the oppressed” to learn some topics in it. And maybe some younger students would be interested to try improv methods in learning history.

Kaidi: Actually I have already used some learned methods with my students and certainly will continue. In further future I plan to use them to solve and avoid conflicts between students and bring them closer to each-other. So yes, I already am active in this field.

Would you recommend it to your friends? I yes, why? If not, why not?

Ann: I am really happy that I had an opportunity to participate in this project. NaturKultur is definitely an organization doing some good work. I would like myself and, of course, recommend to others to participate in their projects.

Aimar: I will certainly recommend it to my friends. It was one of the best done training I have been in and I enjoyed every moment. The trainers were understanding and fun and whole experience gave a lot of thinking and ideas. Plus meeting many interesting people from different places and getting many new contacts. I don’t think, that anyone would regret it.

Kaidi: Yes, certainly. Everybody needs to learn how to understand other people better and how to live next to each-other in the multicultural world full of differences.

The group was composed by Aimar Silivälja, Ann Laurand, Kaidi Pirso and Inga Tarlap!

This Project was financed by European Commission's Erasmus + Programme

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Rural Areas for You(th), You(th) for Rural Areas - INTERVIEW WITH ERIK, MARIA, AGNES AND KRISTINA

Name of the project: Rural Areas for You(th), You(th) for Rural Areas
Date: 23rd – 31st March , 2017
Country/City: Slovakia, Červeny Klástor

What was the main topic of the event?
Erik Allik: Rural development and photography
Agnes Aus: The main topic of the YE was to analyze the situation in the rural areas of participating countries, find problems and what could be done to improve life in the rural areas. In addition to that we learned to use photography and videos to promote the area where the project took place.
Maria Vita: The main topic was development of rural areas through promotion and tourism and photography. We discussed the problems rural areas have in our countries and in that specific area where we stayed in Slovakia. The other main topic was photography, so we had some lectures about photography and we made photo and video material for the Pieniny National Park - the place we were staying.
Kristina Korell: This exchange was about promoting rural areas in Slovakia and finding out ways to develop tourism and business in those areas.

What was the biggest learning moments on the event for you?
Erik Allik: That a lot of young people think the same as I do about rural development, but also that many do not think like that at all, which is both encouraging, as well as challenging, at the same time.
Agnes Aus: Because I was already rather familiar with the topic I believe I gained soft skills the most - learning to work as a team, to divide roles, find strengths of others and communicate my ideas in a multicultural environment.
Maria Vita:For me the biggest learning moment was actually practising my English and getting overall knowledge of the other participating countries - their culture, people, problems… And i also got some new photography tips :)
Kristina Korell: The biggest learning moment was how important is workload distribution in team work and how to work with different people.

Do you have any plans to continue active in the field? If yes, what?
Erik Allik: Not specific plans, but I might join other projects on that topic, if possible, and I also have some commercial entrepreneurship ideas regarding rural development and economics.
Agnes Aus: As I recently started working more with young people I would like to do perhaps some learning mobilities to gain more knowledge about teaching and communication. I would certainly join another youth exchange on an interesting topic and I'm looking into the possibility to do Erasmus Young Entrepreneur.
Maria Vita: We were told about the endless possibilities Erasmus + has, so i am thinking of maybe participating in some other projects too, the Erasmus for young entrepreneurs for example.

Kristina Korell: I'm planning to continue participating in similar projects and maybe organizing a project like that myself.

Would you recommend it to your friends? I yes, why? If not, why not?
Erik Allik: Yes, I think participating in such project would be beneficial and eye opening to many young people.
Agnes Aus: I would definitely recommend it to my friends because YE is a great way to gain new skills that can be applied elsewhere in life. It will give you lots of new contacts and help you see different perspectives. Last but not least, it's possibly the most fun you can have in a week.
Maria Vita: I would definitely recommend. You get new cool friends, see amazing places, get to discuss on topics that matter and make plans to make the world a better place :)

Kristina Korell: I definitely will recommend it to my friends, because besides gaining a lot of new knowledge there will be a lot of fun activities and new friends from different countries, and who doesen't want that?

More comments or anything else you would like to share? You can add here in your own language, if you want!
Erik Allik: It was interesting to see that rural problems vary significantly from country to country, and that perhaps people from one country could offer quite original solutions to problems in a completely different country.
Maria Vita: It’s just something you can’t get while travelling on your own. 35 people in the same house for a whole week. They kind of become your sort of family for that time, and you forget the other life you have in your country. A great way for forgetting everyday problems and taking break to think of what really matters in life.

Our group was composed by: Erik Allik, Agnes Aus, Maria Vita, Kristina Korell and Eduard Porotnikov. 

This Project was financed by European Commission's Erasmus + Programme