Exceptional TPM meeting in Valencia

Valencia

The steering group of this project met last time the 10th of March 2020, some days before the world stoped due to COVID crisis. This last time we said good-bye knowing that we were meeting soon for a big meeting with trainers and trainees in Volos, for what we have been preparing the content and logistics.

Unfortunately we never managed to implement our LTTA meeting, however we kept several online meetings, checking on each others and learning a lot of distance working…

#TORNAREM

One year later, the steering group decided to meet again, to re-start the work all together. However, not all partners were able to fly due to still persistent Covid-19 restrictions.

That’s why we decided to have a blended meeting, where the German partner and the Spanish partner will meet in person, while the rest of partners will join via Zoom.

Valencia was the city that hosted us for this exceptional meeting. It was a short but very intense meeting where we could discuss important aspects of the projects as well as next steps.

While walking the streets of Valencia, we found this street work of art:It’s written in Valencian dialect: «Tornarem», which means «We’ll be back».

And this is the message we want to spread from this project: We’ll be back!

The steering group of the Can Do Refugees meeting (missing in this picture Sulaf, our coordinator from Egypt, and Davide, our coordinator from France!)

Our last and fifth day together in Spain

Aaaand it’s already time for the conclusion !
Katrin made us a surprise, she distributed to us some nice postcards to fill up with «the letters for our futur us» that she will then sent to us in three months !
Eventually, each of us received his diploma and…an Easter egg! Because that the way everyone should receive a diploma : with chocolate.

After what we gathered one last time in the seminar room so each of us can express in a few words their feelings about those four days.
For the majority of us it was intense, for some it was new, for others it was a great opportunity to escape the stress of their daily life while continuing to work in different ways, for all it was the occasion of creating a network, discovering methods, sharing and learning.
And probably a bit more of all of this.

The responsability to write the conclusion is quite heavy for our shoulders, so we won’t make it longer than that…or maybe we’ll just add the words of Linos (or was it Costas ?) «I leave here ‘MAYBE’, and I bring home ‘CAN DO’ «.»

Meet Julia and Jona from Germany

My name is Julia, I live in Munich, Germany, together with my family.  Apparently, I am in parents leaf so I will come to our meeting with my son Jona. When I don´t have to take care of him or his two older siysters, I am working as a moderator and facilitator in processes of social change in behalf of public services and non-profit organisations.

And here is the youngest participant of our Project!

My main topics are participation of dispriviliged groups, intercultural communications and international partnerhsips as well as development of organisations and sustainability. In this sense, working with multiplierst to adress and involve refugees became an important issue of my work, as well. Therefore I am looking forward a lot getting to know you, your fields of work and experiances. Have a safe trip to Spain, everyone!

Meet Adelaide from France

My name is Adelaide, I am Italian and I live in Marseille, France. I’m used to changing cities and countries, but I’ve never felt so in tune with a town as in Marseille! This city is a pure mixture of the whole of humanity!

My parents gave birth to me in Ottawa, Canada, and brought me with them 7 years later when they decided to return to their country, Italy, next to Ragusa in Sicily, where I grew up.

I was very young when I understood my attraction to languages: people speaking a foreign language have always attracted me like magnets, I have always liked hearing other sounds, seeking the link with the other despite the language barrier, opening up listening and sharing.


I was very young when I understood my attraction to languages

Later, the encounter with artists, musicians, actors and visual artists opened up other horizons and my love for litterature, theatre or cinema, for artists, creators who creates from ideas where man is at the centre of the issue, man and humanity.

I am happy to be part of the Can Do refugees project. In Marseille, I’m a languages trainer,  Italian or French, to young and old alike, and migrants participate in workshops we run with local associations, such as L&Cie (Langues & Compagnies), among others, in Marseille.

I look forward to sharing your experiences, desires and practices, THANK YOU to those who have allowed me to participate in this project!

See you soon!

Meet Léa and Julia from France

My name is Lea and with Julia we are coordinating the project Can do Refugees for France ! I am living in Marseille for 3 years now, working as project manager for the organisation Eurocircle.

Since many years I have been involved on projects fostering social inclusion, gender equality as well as minority rights. I gained various experiences in the field of human rights in Italy, Colombia, Mexico and Morocco. I then decided to settle down in Marseille where I work as a project manager for Eurocircle. I am firmly convinced that each of us is responsible for a more harmonious and peaceful world, being active citizens, with a critical mind and engaged in social change. My way to engage is working as an intercultural trainer.

The serious Léa and Julia

I love it and I really believe in non-formal education as a tool for creating open spaces for discussion, exchanges and allowing people to build a critical view of the world!

I am happy to meet you all very soon!

Meet Beatriz from Spain

Hi everyone! My name is Beatriz Cintas Cantarero, I was born and grown in a city on the south of Madrid (Spain). I am 24 years old, so still quite young and starting to build my professional life. I have studied Psychology and I am studying a master’s degree named International Solidarity Action and Social Inclusion at the moment, reason why I am doing my internship at Progestión. I still have a lot to learn and I am eager to start proving myself and gain some confidence as a professional.

I am especially interested in working with women and children in vulnerable situations. I would like to increase my knowledge about human trafficking and I am also planning to enrol a course on mental health in migration.

Besides all this, I want you to know that I am an active person always looking for new things to do, new people to meet, and new places to discover. ). I also love reading, cooking (or trying to cook), and dancing.


My dream is travelling around the world in a van owned and built by me (let’s see if I make that happen!

I hope to learn a lot from you all during the days that we are spending together. I will enjoy being surrounded by people who are dedicated to cooperation, sharing, changing and showing kindness to others. See you soon!

Meet Francesca from Italy

Hi everybody !

I’m Francesca, I’m an italian singer.  I arrived in Marseille 4 years ago for love and now I happily live here teaching music in the middle school, in the suburbs of the famous «quartiers nord». I like Marseille because I’m finally filled with new adventures, tunes and cultures: I discover all of this inside the wall of the school and this is a chance for my students and for me to exchange and grow up.

My school welcome kids from all over the world, frequently from Maghreb: I usually like to share music with them and the main language for the class, the french, is not always necessary for us! 


My school welcome kids from all over the world, frequently from Maghreb

I look forward to discover the project Can do Refugees and share good practices with other teachers, volunteers and professionals ! See u there 😉