Victor Porancia: "I want to say that I am so happy because I was a member of the Romanian team in this project. It was such a great experience and I hope that it is only the beginning.
We had a great national team and we understood each other very well despite the fact that we met each other in the airport.
I personally think that the main topic was great and we had a lot of discussions about sustainability, a lot of energizers, quizzes, role plays and so on. The participants from other countries were open minded and I spoke a lot of stuff with many of them.
I want to thank the Romanian organization for selecting me as a member of the Romanian team, YEU in the name of Giulia for the awesome organization of the event and all the great people I’ve met in this project. All in one it was a great experience! Can’t wait for another project like this one."
During 5th - 15th of September, 5 young people (Felix Dumea, Tania Blanka Matyasi, Victor Porancia, Monica Buturoiu, Theodor Ungureanu) represented GEOECOPOL Association to a youth exchange project called "GREEN ConNEXTion" that took place in Brussels and Antwerp, Belgium
Tania Blanka Matyasi: "This Youth Exchange has been a great opportunity to refresh myself. Talking about sustainability, about environmental problems and finding solutions to this with people from different cultural backgrounds was the perfect way to start the autumn. We rode our bikes for at least 40 km, we spent a day in the forest, we slept in tents, we connected with the nature, we had engaging workshops, we recycled as much as we could - in short, we lived sustainably for 10 days in Belgium, in order to start living sustainably at home, too. Here I made new friends, beautiful memories, I visited amazing places and I got acquainted with a better way of living.
Raluca Buturoiu, represented GEOECOPOL and attended the training course "Conflict Management Tools for youth workers" which was held in Ommen, the Netherlands. She provided us with some feedback about her experience:
"I participated in the “Conflict management tools for youth workers” training course, organized by JUB in partnership with GEOECOPOL Association. The training course was developed between 27.08.2015 and 3.09.2015 in Ommen, the Netherlands and, for me, it was an amazing experience. The event involved 24 participants from 12 countries and its main aim was to present and initiate some numerous tools that can be used in dealing with conflicts. During the six days spent in Ommen, we moved forward from getting to know each other, to getting to understand each others' needs and trying to solve tasks as a group.
The trainers used mainly “Betzavta” and “Forum Theater” as two methods to understand, react and reflect when dealing with conflicts. After this training course, I still have the feeling that it did not end or that, at least, there is an on-going reflection process that is taking place in my mind. Thus, probably the most important thing learned through this experience is that we should be aware of ourselves in the first place in order to avoid, deal with or de-escalate conflicts."
The project was entitled: ‘Empowering Youngsters to improve their Influence on Decision Making Processes’ and the participant countries were: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Austria, Macedonia, Armenia, Turkey, Croatia, Georgia and Romania.