My ESC experience

Italy. The country full of beautiful architecture, powerful art history, full of smell of pasta on every corner and loud laughter. A country full of life with a heart in the palm of hand. My Italian experience completely changed me. It helped me turn into a better person. It changed my view of people, of the world but especially of myself. I have learned seize my own identity. Every day it taught me to be more fearless, a more kind and selfless person. I spent half of a year in Bologna, in Italy. Here I worked with mentally disabled people in one of the center of Saint Clare.

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Behind the sun, calming, restoring faith in ourselves and in powers that transcend us. Experience beauty and love firsthand. Knowing that everything is happening at the right time, in the right place, with the right people.

When I left for Stilness in Motion on Thursday, March 5, 2020, I knew it would be great. But when we returned from it on Monday, March 16, 2020, I knew it changed my life.

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We set out for the training course in Sofia called Code Communication in quite uneasy times, because the fear of coronavirus was already starting to spread. Despite that, I can´t say that our experience was somehow affected by this – quite the opposite. Joking around saying „He sneezed, now we all have it!“ became something that bonded our group, which arrived all safe & sound and healthy back to our own countries. But that´s for later.

What was the most intriguing for me, and I think that I can speak on behalf of the rest of our czech team as well, was the possibility to develop my communication skills. (As you could guess already by the training´s name). During the 8 days we focused on techniques such as NLP (neurolinguistic programming) or DISK.

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How to Be the Change

Gathering nearly 30 participants from 8 different countries, “Be the change” training course aimed to help youth workers to more easily identify different stereotypes, concepts, and patterns that are influencing young people and themselves mostly in a negative way.

Hi! My name is Petra and I am 26. Since I discovered opportunities of the Erasmus+ program, I have been to many countries and projects, learning about topics from language barriers to sustainable development.

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