From the warm and sunny late summer Italy I arrived in Tallinn on a chilly evening at the beginning of October. I had actually been craving the cold, although my minimal backpack that I had brought did not quite supply me with the necessary jumpers and warm trousers. In the following two and a half weeks I would go into many of the secondhand shops of Tallinn to supply me with a true Estonian wardrobe.
I had come to Estonia for a jobshadowing, following a project I had been a part of in February, when the country was still covered in snow. I had fallen in love directly with the clear air and the space the country supplies, but this October strengthened my love for it. The first snow had not fallen yet and I could see the orange and brown colours belonging to early fall. I had plenty of time to explore the nature and different cities, seeing the culture and tasting the food, which was a big change from the Italian kitchen I had gotten used to.
The jobshadowing mostly asked me to give workshops in schools, something I had never done before but came to love directly. The workshops handled different themes, from explanations on what living abroad had done for me (a lot, and all positives) to discussions on discrimination, privilege and mental health. The students ages ranged from 9 to 18, giving me many different opportunities to practice my communication and teaching skills. My time in Estonia made me realise how much I love teaching about things that I am passionate about.
I travelled quite a bit through the country, following a training course close to Viljandi, staying in Türi for a few days but spending most of my time in Tallinn, a city that I explored a lot. I met some people who took me to museums and showed me different corners and views. I also organized an event on the LGBTQIA+ community, a cause very close to my heart. This opportunity brought up interesting conversations with young people and gave me new insights in the international variety affecting this topic.
Overall I learned a lot: independence, bravery, consistency, confidence. I realised that there is a big difference between teaching people that choose to be taught, and people that have to be taught, and this is something I have found myself thinking back to often. It is something that fascinates me. I am very thankful for this opportunity, and the lessons I learned.
I am Saffet Bayhan. I am from Türkiye, and I’m 32 years old. I represent Diyarbakır Çevre ve Kalkınma Derneği for the KA2 project named Taking Action: Together against discrimination which was accepted by the Estonian National agency.
I went to Croatia on behalf of my organization for job shadowing. I would like to thank Lumen organization for the hospitality and all the arrangement. Together with our partner, we have realized 4 job shadowing sessions with people from different countries cultures and age range. Luckily we came across to some youth Exchange projects during our sessions and we reached young people and youth workers to get their ideas about our topic. During our sessions, we separated the participants into groups including 4/5 people. We asked them to think about their heroes and heroines. I mean people who has been a role model for hem and what makes them our heroes no matter what their gender is. As a second sessions we made some brainstorming activities which will make them think about gender equality and the outcomes were amazing. I would like to thank everyone who made us have this chance to reach around 70 people and change their ideas about such important topics. I hope that so many projects like this will be carried out in the near future and we will have a better world to live in.
As participant of the project "Take Action - Together Against Discrimination” project jobshadower I had really good experience on Tenerife and Gran Canaria in Spanish organization Mojo de Cana. My jobshadowing experience lasted 16 days, from 4th to 19th October 2022.
Together with Ada Ramos we planned and organized workshops on training course in Estonia in February 2022 which we implemented during my jobshadowing. On the first half of jobshadowing experience on Tenerife island we held three workshops for students of La Laguna highschool, and on the second part on Gran Canaria I had opportunity to work with children with special needs and young migrants where we held multiple workshops.
Through these activities I had improved my competences and had the opportunity to try methods and sessions which we created on training courses. Also it was an amazing opportunity to see how it is done and how it works in Spain and on the Canary islands. Through this experience we also raised the capacity of our organisation and broadened our network. Some activities were also inspiration for our future projects which will be implemented in April and June 2023 in Croatia. We hope to continue good cooperation with all the partners in following years.