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’ «.»

Aand here we are ! Up for a new and forth day !

Written by the French team: Léa, Francesca, Anaïs and Adelaide

The morning was devoted to an «Open space workshops», each of us was invited to propose an activity to share his knowledge. We were free to move from one worshop to another.

Ellie (Germany) started with a pedagogical tool: «Visual sierung».

A tool to highlight the importance of the visual, the colors, the image and the aesthetic presentation of informations. An important method to facilitate learning and trigger reflection.

At the same time, downstairs in the dinning room, Amira (Germany/Ethiopia) explained a method she implements over several months: «Coaching through biography», with which she accompanies Ethiopian migrants in identifying their skills through life course analysis, which they express in their mother tongue.

Then it was Merit’s turn (Egypt) to propose the «Problem solving tree». This device allows you to quickly find a solution to a professional or personal problems: the roots are the causes, the trunk exposes the problem and the foliage represents the effects.
In the meantime, Laura and Iman (Spain) presented their project «WARMI – Intervention with women»: they open their «Progestion» centre to migrant women, mainly from South America, to free and let circulate their word, this space offers them psychological support, social and legal assistance and cultural activities.

For those who needed some physical activity, they could attend Francesca’s one (France). She facilitated a musical activity around a working song «Pick a bale of cotton»: The choreography, the singing and the coordination between the participants focus on the inclusion.

Finally, Linos, Costas, Christos and Marina (Greece) presented their project «ROUTES: Reshaping Our Universe Through Educational Synergies», which brings together three partners: youngsters from the University of Thessaloniki, from the Second Chance school and young reefugees. The activities include the discovery of each other’s culture, through informal methods and activities related to nature.After a great lunch, trying not to eat too much, and a nice coffee in the sun, trying not to get a sunburn, we went back to work.

We all gathered in the seminar room to hear Anouk (Netherland/Egypt) presents us with a map of the city of Cairo showing us the neighbourhoods populated by migrants. She talks to us about the difficulties of educating children according to their origins.

Second day in Spain!

Written by the Greek team: Kostas, Christos, Linos and Marina

MontesClaros Monastery…

After overcoming the jet lag of the first day, we woke up in the iconic Hospederia de Montes Claros, ready to get down to work. We started our day with some warm-up and ice-break activities that brought all the members of the group closer and pointed out the good atmosphere and feeling of the meeting.

All the participants expressed their expectations and the agenda of the meeting was presented by Katrin the coordinator of the project.

During the first break of the day, there was a guided tour in the monastery and the church that have a long and rich history.

One of the interesting part came when we had a study visit runned by a historiographer that belongs to the Monastery. Thanks to it, we could have an overall idea about the place where we were living and it rich history

After lunch, the Greek team presented various activities that familiarized the participants with ways of working with refugees and migrants and gave some helpful insights about the situation of refugees in Greece. At the end of the evening session, a music workshop carried out by Francesca, a participant from the French  team, relaxed all the participants and ended the official program of the first day in the best way.

But, the night was still young and everybody was full of energy and good vibes, so the social program continued in the nearby pub.

First day of our LTTA in Spain

By the Spanish coordinator: Iman

Our first day in Montesclaros was full of emotions, expectations and energy to learn and share and meet the group!!

The day started with several ice breakers that made us have fun and got to know each others a little bit more, at least with our names!

Once we felt that we are all at the same page, Katrin showed a presentation of the Can Do Refugees project, telling participants about it history, it outcomes and it objectives

After explaining the agenda for the 5 days, we took some break to have a quick turn around the 8th Century Monastery where our meeting was taking part.

At the end of the day, we had the certainty that our meeting was going to be rich of experiences that will make us grow on a personal and on a professional level… Looking forward to share these days with you!! 🙂

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 Elli from Germany

Hi everybody! 
My name is Elli – in fact Elzbieta, as I was born in Poland. My life in Germany started at the age of three. Now I am very lucky to live in Berlin, a wonderful city full of contrasts. 

I have been working as a project manager and youthworker since 2007, first in the Krzyzowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe in Polen, since 2013 for the Kreisau-Initiative e.V. in Berlin. I am working in the field of international inclusion, where I am developing, implementing and coordinating international inclusive youth exchanges and trainings. 

What true inclusion needs is the modification of existing systems and a change of mind-set. This is what I am working for! 

The term inclusion is often associated with disabled people, but in the way I understand inclusion, it is only one part of the picture. Of course, one aim of such projects is to make them accessible to those target groups that have been under-represented so far. But it also means creating a space where all young people regardless of their backgrounds, abilities and possibilities can meet, develop and experience diversity….and than magic happens. It is beautiful. 

I am happy to meet you and to get to know more about your experiences in this colourful world – and of course I am happy to share mine 🙂