”How do we do now?”
Well that was a week. More precisely an extremely inspiring, active and social week. For me the main things were the basics of non-formal theory, wonderful
people from all around the Baltic region and the best more and less professional dialog. Now, while sitting in a midnight train half way home trying not to fall asleep (just yet) I’m quite certain that it will take a good while to process all the things we came across during the conference and even longer (if not forever) to forget about the incredible youngsters and leaders we worked with. To sum it up: It was actually lovely to see how basically everything is do-able with the right people and motivation. Thanks for all from the best roomie in the world to waitress girl who didn’t get the idea of vegetarism. This motivation and energy will last. Well after a good nights rest they will.
PS. Special thanks go to Kemi’s city hall. Without your assistance we would gave stayed firmly in Finland.
When our buss arrived to our camping area from airport, i was pretty nervous. At first we had supper and then we checked in to our small cottages. Cottages were identical to ones we have in Finland. Just like my family’s summer cottage, so i felt like at home! 😀 In my ”new home” i met my roommates, who very quickly become my friends. Week passed very quickly, and i met SO many SO lovely people! Specially from Finland! Last night we had there i couldn’t hold my tears and i thought we are not going to see anymore. Luckily we set up many social media groups, where we communicate very much atm 😀 Some of our Finland’s group have already met at youth seminar after the unforgettable week in Poland.
Below a little bit more accurate description from our trip.
This week we participated in the 7th Youth Conference of Union of Baltic the Cities. We were over there representing the voice of the youth and made a declaration about P.E.E. (Peace, equity and equality). In the first days we had days full of work and learning new things about Erasmus+. Also we learned how to preserve and enchance them in the future. We also learned what is the difference between informal and formal learning and made group projects about different topics.
Summing up the first days we learned about EU projects concerning youngsters, had a lot of teamwork practises and learned different methods that are used in non-formal education. We used English since the first days so after a few days we got used to talk English (almost) all the time.
During the third day the real action started and we got to talk with the politicians as we joined the main conference. We also told on the stage in front of them all what is wrong in our opinion and told how the issues should be improved. During the fourth day we presented our declaration to politicians and after that we had the option to join their conference or go back to join a workshop. After the workshops we went to sightseeing in Gdynia, the city we were staying at. In the fifth and last day we went to see Malborg castle near Gdansk and after the castle visit we had a little freetime before starting the last event of the week.
The last evening we had a goodbye party and wrote to eachothers shirts nice things that came in to our minds during this week when hanging out with these wonderful people. We also had the last workshop where we told our opinions about the week and how active we were during the week. After the goodbye party we went to hang out for the last time with the youngsters we met in the week and talked fully in English about common topics. The next morning we just packed our stuff and left the place.
The whole event was alcohol- and drug-free and it raised our cultural awareness with its cultural evenings and different youngsters from various different countries. The whole week was amazing and it raised at least everyones English skills. We are very glad about the opportunity that was allowed to us and we are hoping to see these kinds of international events more in the future.