This day of the seminar was mostly about self reflection and evaluating the whole week.
Information session: Erasmus+
The participants started the day with an information session on the Erasmus+ program. Questions such as, ‘what kind of key actions are there?’, ‘how to apply for a project?’, ‘what are the deadlines?’ and how do the e-forms work?’ were answered.
After this session the participants made an assignment in which they made their own Personal Action Plan, in order to get familiar with the working method of the Erasmus+ program. First they had to decide what kind of activities they want to organize. Then they had to set a time limit for it after which they had to map all the resources they would need to organize the activity. A few of the participants presented their plan.
Self reflection: Did you feel included during this week?
Since this training was about inclusion the participants were asked if they felt included themselves during this training. They also were asked if they tried to include others. After answering these questions for themselves, the participants formed couples and shared their opinions.
Most of the participants felt included and also tried to include others. However, some found it difficult to blend it, either because of language barriers (not being able to talk in English) or cultural differences. It showed that even though your intentions can be honest, the actual act of inclusion can be very difficult. Something that is good to be aware about.
Evaluation: What did you think of the training?
After the self reflection session the participants were asked to evaluate the training. They did that in a very interactive and creative way. For example, the participants were asked to evaluation the program by leaving comments on the wall of the program.
For the evaluation of the organization of the training, the participants were asked to put dots on a circle, representing a pizza in which each slice stood for a component of the organization, like ‘food’, ‘accommodation’, ‘trainers’, etc. The closer to the centre of the circle, the better the components were being judged.
After the evaluation each participant received a youth pass certificate from the deputy mayor of Pesaro.
All in all, it has been an inspiring and enriching week on so many levels. Everyone got to meet new people, expand their network, learn more about inclusion, intercultural differences and project management. Equipped with new skills and inspiration everyone can implement new ideas in their home country.