On the 17th and 18th of December, we had the chance to go to a school here in Pesaro in order to give a presentation to the students about Vicolocorto and the European mobility programs, and to do some less formal activities, we had also organized, with Marina, Iuri and Francesco, a little workshop.
We started the first day by a presentation of Vicolocorto in a big auditorium, in front of at least 60 students. I have to admit that I was a little bit nervous, especially when I had to introduce myself and talk about my experience because I’m not really used to speak in front of large groups of people. Besides, since I was speaking in English, I didn’t know if everyone was able to understand what I was saying (and actually, at some point, a teacher asked me to speak more slowly). But everything went fine, and at the end a lot of students came to register to our newsletter, so I guess they were pretty interested!
But then the troubles began. Indeed, we had planned to do the workshop we had prepared during the afternoon, but the school only gave us the confirmation at the last minute so we also told the students about it at the last minute. Therefore, nobody showed up and we had to leave. But before that we had a nice conversation with three students, so at least we were able tell them a little bit more about us and the activities we offer.
The second day also began with a presentation of Vicolocorto to a group of student, but they were only 14 years old so not exactly our target since all the projects of the association are for people over18. Anyway, it’s still good for them to know that these opportunities exist and that they’ll be able to participate to an European program, whether short-term or long-term, when they get older.
Then, during the afternoon we were finally able to present our workshop to the kids (even though at first, we thought nobody would come because of a zumba class that was taking place at the same time). We were not a lot, but maybe this was better for the kind of activities that we had prepared.
Unfortunately Katharina had to leave right after the brainstorming about the notion of multiculturalism because of an Italian exam, so I was again a little bit nervous. But Marina and the others helped me and we ended up having a really nice afternoon! The first activity we made was a taboo game: the kids had to guess or try to make the others guess certain words… but in French!
Indeed the purpose of the workshop was to make some games and activities about multiculturalism in French and in German. It was a little bit difficult for them at first, I guess they were a little bit shy, but they soon became more confident and they actually had a really good French. Then, we made an activity about different expressions with colors in English, French and Italian (like “voir la vie en rose” or “being green with envy”) and a game with French slang words: they were given cards with the words, the definitions were written on the blackboard and they had to guess which word meant what. For me, this was by far the funniest part, and I think they liked it a lot too! At the end, we gave them maps of France and Germany and they had to write in them all the clichés and stereotypes they had about us. Of course, snail-eaters, baguette and wine were in the French one and beer in the German one! This activity was also very funny and it allows us to speak about the perception that we have of other countries, which was super interesting.
In conclusion, I’d say that we spent a really great afternoon with super nice kids and I think that’s very cool that we were able to make them a little bit more interested and more aware of the multiculturalism in Europe.
I’m really looking forward to doing it again!