Thursday, June 22, 2017

Global Intercultural Warming Against Youth Radicalization - INTERVIEW WITH STELLA, MAREK, ELINA, RAIMOND AND VILLIAM

Name of the project: Global Intercultural Warming Against Youth Radicalization
Date: 02/06/2017 – 10/06/2017
Country/City: Poland, Zakopane






What was the main topic of the event?

Stella Raudsepp - The objective of the project was intercultural dialogue, learning and communication to promote de-radicalization, tolerance and cultural acceptance among the youth. The main focus was on enthralling discussions about migration and the situation of migrants and refugees in participating countries.
Marek Runga - About refugees, radicalization and immigrants
Elina Tahk - The main topic of the project was migration and refugee crisis in participating countries.
Raimond Pold - How to be tolerant against refugees, how to decrease radicalisation among youth and also what happens to the departure country, destination country and what are the solutions to different refugee bound problems.
Villiam Poldma - Migration and integration - mostly touching the topic of recent refugee crisis and its effects, solutions, impacts, problems in and on European countries involved.

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

Stella Raudsepp - The project offered many opportunities for self-growth. Since all of the activities required teamwork, public speaking and argumentation, I felt the greatest improvement in aforementioned spheres. In addition I gained heaps of new knowledge about the migration situation in the participating countries, which advocated empathy and self-analyses.
Marek Runga - I understood what difference between Immigrants and Refugees was, and what kind of different problems are facing other countries with refugees
Elina Tahk - Sleeping is really important. One must be able to manage time.
Raimond Pold - Biggest learning moment was, when we listened everybody`s opinion about refugees and wrote down why are immigrants leaving, how to integrate them and what are different country´s icebergs of visual and hidden values. Also i learned to be even calmer when public speaking and also like even lead the conversations and show others the way. Also i realised my English wasn’t 6 out of ten, because i could speak infinitely.
Villiam Poldma - I was well aware about the topic, but I learned a lot of insights about different separate countries facing and handling this problem, got even more detailed view of each individual's country's perspective on the subject.

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

Stella Raudsepp - Yes, I would like to facilitate an engaging project like this myself.
Marek Runga - No
Elina Tahk - Maybe in the future.
Raimond Pold - Yeah i have some plans. I wanted to go to the project leaders training course, but health problems interrupted my participation. Me and my estonian friends, who are already active in these projects, are maybe submitting application to one more project and then we are going to Portugal for one year.
Villiam Poldma - Most of the solutions were touching the surface of the problem and not the cause. And it's hard to get to the cause if not a collective genuine interest and intent to solve it all over the world by people is not developed. One can do only as much as to bring awareness to the subject to awaken the interest and intent among the people. Apathy and ignorance is the main problem among the masses, especially the youth.

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

Stella Raudsepp - Erasmus+ Youth Exchange projects offer the best form of non-formal education as well as valuable opportunities to experience companionship, different countries and discuss interesting topics with other bright minds.
Marek Runga – I’m always recommending these projects to my friends, I telling them that it`s best way to get new friends and learn about other cultures plus you have interesting topics to talk about.
Elina Tahk - Yes. Why not.
Raimond Pold - Of course i would recommend it to my friends, because you can talk about hot topics with new people who could be your new best friends or hosts when you go to their country. It is a good opportunity to be social, face your fears, travel to super awesome places, and get to know different cultures. Also it can be taken as an active cheap vacation and better than just lying under the sun with your family or friends.
Villiam Poldma - I would definately recommend it to friends, because it raises the awareness about the problem while meeting a lot of people interested in the topic at the same time.

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

Marek Runga -  I am really grateful for the facilitators in Poland, they did really good stuff, and It was good surprise that they brought us to Morskoe oko.
Elina Tahk - Olge m├Ánusad.
Raimond Pold - I also wrote a rap song about refugees and social problems, some lyrics are in the video we performed in the project. I also wrote many different songs in Poland, because that place gave me inspiration. :D
Villiam Poldma - One of the best projects I've been to so far, considering the environment, build-up and people involved. I am very grateful!


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