I’ve always dreamt of sharing a whole week with international young people, both to discover more about myself as well as other countries, cultures and ways of thinking.
It happened in Brittebo, a beautiful place surrounded by nature in the Swedish countryside. It was 9 days of learning and exchanging experiences and perspectives. In the beginning, the time seemed to pass slowly but as soon as we started to get along well with our colleagues and feel integrated into the group, I wished the time stopped.
I had big expectations for this project since I was one of the 10 people who wrote / created the Youth Exchange, so I believed 100% in it. Happily, the week of activities went smoothly and all the workshops and activities went super well, thanks to all the committed and incredible people who developed them. I learned mainly about gender identities (from concepts to different perspectives), stereotypes, prejudices and discrimination, how to make simple behaviours/activities more inclusive and ways of letting our imagination and creativity flow through art and writing, among other competencies.
The biggest achievement for me was to be in contact with non-formal learning by seeing the development of workshops. Moreover, I got dozens of ideas for energizers! I made some interesting notes to put into practice during my job in the social service field and with kids/young people in Scouts.
In one word, the ‘Spectrum of Inclusion’ Erasmus+ Youth Exchange was enlightening.