Erasmus+: KA1 - Youth Exchange - Programme Countries

Place: Romania

Dates: 02/02/2016 - 11/02/2016

On 2nd of February 2016, a group of 30 youngsters started their new learning adventure. For ten days (from 2nd to 11th of February), young aspiring entrepreneurs from Romania, Italy, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Croatia gathered in Stefanesti, Arges, Romania, to take part in an Erasmus + Youth Exchange: an experience that empowered them with the tools and knowledge they need to boost their creativity in order to be successful.  

Unexpectedly, the group seemed to take form right from the first night the participants met. Most of the countries being Mediterranean and sharing common values helped the group dynamic a lot, and so the theoretical objectives of the project were easier to achieve, because the team work was always close to flawless. Another aspect that contributed to engaging the participants was an earlier-than-expected trip in the area to discover Romanian traditional arts such as pottery and baking bread. Besides, the other activities, like archery, Tyrolean, admiring the picturesque scenery and learning about the secrets of pottery directly from the villagers helped the participants get creative and think about business opportunities inspired by the local area. 

And this creative mood was maintained during the whole project: theoretical presentations of strategy innovation, types of innovation, tools to use when developing business ideas (such as mind-mapping, attribute listing) business models and business plans were nicely combined with challenging experiments and creative tasks, intercultural nights and games.  Discovering the qualities of a successful entrepreneur and getting examples of flourishing businesses, they were inspired to think about their own ideas and analyze their opportunities, which can have a major impact on the direction their life is going in. 

By the end of the exchange, the participants understood that the process of opening a business starts with self-knowledge, and it takes a lot of perseverance and courage to venture in this area, as well as creativity and skills.

The project was implemented by Impreuna Desenam Viitorul NGO from Romania, in partnership with Youth Mobility Center Greece, Udruga za mlade Maro i Baro Croatia, European Crossroads Spain, Connect Italy and One Terrene International Cyprus.

 

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission (Erasmus + Programme).

This publication article reflects the views only of the author(s), and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

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Testimonials

Where Do I Belong…………………...

A great question. A question that most of us have asked our self’s, our friend everyone.

Do we have an answer though, is it possible?

Well in Romania during the course of this Youth Exchange we tried and we tried hard. For me personally I kind of know how to answer this question to myself now. And for me the answer is ‘’everywhere’’. 

And why is that because in this amazing project I learn some valuable lessons. Lessons about discriminations lessons about stereotypes. I had the chance to be in the shoes of an immigrant trying to find asylum or in the shoes of a nationalist extremist activist, that gave me the ability to understand stuff to see the world through a different eye and to realize that everything is A MATER OF PERSPECTIVE. And that perspective led me to my answer. 

WDIB was an amazing project for me one of the best I attended or probably the best. The OTI team as always was amazing with the workshops and the OTI Romania team was spot on everything through accommodation (on that lovely small and homey hotel with good food) through general organization of the entire project. An amazing team that was always there to support each and every one of us with all our needs. 

I am really grateful I took part to this magnificent project not only because I get to learn all the stuff I did but because I had the chance to mix and meet lots of new people, but I also had the blessing to make new true friends. Friends that I will cherish for the whole of my life .

Until we meet again all 

Antreas Mr.Big Antreou from Cyprus

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