On the 22nd of May, the three Musketeers Anton, Kadi & Loora found themselves reunited and ready for another adventure. This time, their journey led them to the enchanting island of Malta, where the sun's appropriate warmth already hinted at the impending summer. In the days leading up to the training, they explored the historic streets of Valletta, the timeless beauty of the silent city, and ventured into the ancient archaeological sites that dot Malta's landscape. With their sense of wonder awakened, they were now prepared to delve into the art of conflict resolution through storytelling.
Our experiences from the heart of Bosnia and Herzegovina still resonated within us, and we were eager to expand our storytelling prowess to address conflicts. In familiar company from the previous Sarajevo workshops and some new faces, we began our journey. The first lesson was clear: to resolve a conflict, one must first understand it. And so, we delved deep into the annals of history and explored contemporary disputes, wars, and complex relationship dramas, seeking to uncover the diverse types and root causes of conflicts.
Intriguingly, we discovered that each conflict could be perceived in myriad ways, depending on the parties involved and the perspective of the bystanders. Over the following days, we engaged in profound discussions on the motivations driving conflicting parties, a topic that proved as intricate as it was enlightening. Finally, we examined real-life examples of conflict resolution, discovering that the classification of "good" and "bad" resolutions was itself subjective and depended on one's point of view.
The week in Malta passed even more swiftly than our previous adventure in Sarajevo. Our days were filled with intensive group work, stimulating discussions, and a wealth of knowledge gained from both history and new international friendships. Malta, with its charming blend of international influence and local charm, compact size and vast historical significance, and occasional contrast between dry and rainy weather, provided the backdrop for a memorable journey.
Our hearts brimming with newfound insights and friendships forged, we left Malta with a promise to return someday, knowing that this island had more stories to tell and conflicts to resolve, and we would be ready to craft narratives that bridged divides and brought people together.
With stories & love
Hanna-Loora Bobrov, Anton Neidre, Kadi Remann
We participated in the "YAIS 2.0" program that took place in Villablanca, Spain. The program's theme centered on volunteering and how it can be a meaningful and productive way to spend one's leisure time. Its primary goal was to educate all the participants about how free time can enrich their lives, provide new experiences, and contribute to their social environment and local community. It taught us that leisure time is precious and doesn't always have to be consumed by social media or the internet. Volunteering is a path to personal growth and has a significant impact on the community in which you live.
Beyond its main theme, the program also provided us with a fantastic opportunity to interact with people from various countries, expanding our worldview and fostering new friendships with individuals from diverse backgrounds. During our stay, we attended numerous workshops dedicated to learning about volunteering, such as the "World Cafe." In this workshop, the main theme was divided into different categories like local volunteering and NGOs. It offered everyone a platform to discuss their opinions and experiences regarding volunteering as a whole and why it holds importance and impacts the entire community.'
We engaged in various activities, including walking dogs from the animal shelter, participating in beach cleanup efforts, and conversing with firefighters, who are integral members of our society. We also took part in group activities that enhanced our teamwork and creativity. Additionally, the program featured culture nights that focused on 2-3 countries. During these nights, the representatives from these countries shared their customs, traditions, values, and interesting facts about their homeland. These culture nights allowed us to savor delicious foods from different countries, experience traditional folk dances and games, and share insights about our home country, Estonia, highlighting its significance to us.
In summary, the experience and friendships we gained from the program are invaluable and irreplaceable. Thanks to the program, we now understand why volunteering is essential and how we can contribute to and impact our local communities back home.
We are forever grateful for this enriching experience provided by Seiklejate Vennaskond and the main organizer, Asociación 217Sur.
From 12th to 21th of September 2022, we had the opportunity to participate in a youth exchange called "Together for Human Right" in Cyprus. Four participating countries and nine days of learning about culture and issues in our world. We made a lot of new friends from Cyprus, Greece and Hungary.
The journey to Larnaka took a while (13 hours). We arrived after 3 flights and we were taken by a surprise: we already met some of the Greek participants at the airport.
We had a lot of exciting events during the project. We organised one workshop ourselves and participated in multiple workshops about human rights, so we could dig deeper about the topic and understand it better. We started most of the workshops with energizers, which were a lot of fun. We had role plays, cultural and karaoke nights. During cultural nights we shared information about Estonia and learned a lot about Hungary, Greece and Cyprus. Also, we
tried their traditional food and dances.
Project acitvities went according to the plan, the organizers did a great job. They are very welcoming and loving people. The food during the project was amazing: local cuisine including souvlaki, tzatziki, tasty salads and fresh fruits.
One of the most rewarding experiences was definitely getting to know the village of Agros where the project was held. Agros is a rather small village in the heart of the island with its 800 citizens. Agros is located in the mountains and we had a picturesque view from our hostel. In Agros you can also find a hotel, a lot of pubs and even the most exotic sight: a rose field and rose products manufactury.
During the project we also visited together a famous port town called Limasol and the capital Nicosia. We had a tour in both cities but we also had some free time to hit the beach and the old towns.
Definitely, it was an experience that will not soon be forgotten. We are very grateful to the organisers to make this youth exchange happen!
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