Read the impressions of our participants, Dimitris and Marios, after their participation in Captivating Europe training course in Berlin, Germany during 17–23 April 2016.
What did you learn/gain from this training program? (Did the organizing, objectives and outcomes met your expectations?)
Dimitris: Through the Training Course “Captivating Europe” we enhanced our knowledge and understanding mainly in the field of pre-EU communication. This course offered an excellent opportunity to exchange opinions in crucial European issues such as the refugee/migrant crisis, the rise of Euroscepticism and the concept of the European identity. This exchange of views among the participants from different European countries was particularly useful and extremely interesting. At the same time we strengthened our communication, intercultural and interpersonal skills. Furthermore, the creative team activities in the framework of the Training Course helped us to develop effective team-working skills.
Marios: Through the training program we learned about coordination through Erasmus+ and the NGO, with the many different projects that take place. We were able to learn the opinions of people from other countries and discuss common topics together, about what can be done to improve life in the EE. Different aspects of communication and teamwork were also important assets the program helped us improve. Group debates and exchange of opinions where very interesting and helped us realize what could, or could not work for certain situations in every country. Finally, the management part of the program is something new as an experience, as we did not know a lot about these projects and how they work.
How was the TC atmosphere and the cooperation – brainstorming among the participants?
Dimitris:The atmosphere was awesome! The participants expressed genuine enthusiasm and interest for the course and this allowed for intriguing discussions and dialogue. The fact that participants were coming from different countries and diverse professional and educational backgrounds, while the same time shared a common interest in European issues, contributed to high-quality discussions and group activities. In short, the climate was excellent!
Marios: The atmosphere was very positive and the participants really motivated and excited about the program. Soon enough we became really immersed and everyone contributed and expressed ideas and opinions. Group discussions and debates were particularly interesting. Every person’s viewpoint was really unique and helped to add to the whole experience with giving everyone else something new to think about.
Was it your first participation in an Erasmus+ Project? What are your impressions/ experiences in general? Will you participate again in a similar action with InterMedi@KT?
Dimitris: This was my second participation in an Erasmus+ project. My impressions in general regarding these projects are undoubtedly positive. These projects offer an excellent opportunity both for gaining knowledge in a wide number of fields and developing a range of skills. In addition, according to my opinion, the most important and fascinating aspect of these projects is that they bring together young, different people from all over Europe who share common interests and exchange ideas, views and opinions creating a unique, truly “European” atmosphere. Of course if I were given the chance I would participate in a similar action with InterMedi@KT.
Marios: This was my second participation in an Erasmus+ project. My impressions and experiences in general regarding these projects are quiet positive. These projects offer a chance for young people to travel to different countries and meet other people from these countries, with opportunities like these being rare otherwise. Moreover participants in these projects gain a wide variety of skills and knowledge that would be unavailable in other circumstances. Of course if I was given the chance I would participate again in a similar event with InterMedi@KT!