Erasmus + Home Away From Home project gathered young people aged 18 to 30 from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Germany and the UK who are already involved in working with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants (volunteer or professional) or those who intend to engage more in these processes. The training is taking place in Starigrad Paklenica, Croatia, from 23 to 29 July 2018.
First 2 days of training
The atmosfere of the first and the second day of training was extremly good. All of the participants got involved and dived deeper into the topics.
The first day participants expressed their expectations towards themselves, each other, the group, the program and the trainers. It helped the trainers to align the program accordingly and it encouraged a feeling of participation and solidarity and reduced potential hostility or fear.
To do so, the participants were asked to draw the road from the day they were born to the first day of this training by highlighting valuable points and experiences that were worth sharing.
Do experiences of my ancestors still influence me?
The second day was even more interesting;for example, in order to associate more with the topic, participants had to position themselves in a room according to the place where they,their parents and grandparents were born. Also, the participants reflected in small groups regarding the questions;
„Where in my family had been movement (place, class, work…)?“, „Where there are similar movements in the hole group?“ „What do I take from this, who am I in relation to the topic „Migration/ Integration?“ „How do I feel thinking of this?“, „Do experiences of my ancestors still influence me?“, “Do I feel more divided or connected from the group?“
The group concluded that the session helped them to create empathy towards each other while talking about the subject in an informal way.
The session informed participants about the variety of terms used such as migration, refugees, asylum seekers, unaccompanied minors, integration, subsidiary protection and what is the distinction on what terminology is used in the E.U. Also, participants discussed relevant EU topics and the role of Erasmus+ to understand the difference between integration and assimilation.
Looking forward to the coming days!