19 March 2018

YE - ''Road of Hope'', Ommen, The Netherlands

From the 7th to the 15th of March, the project called Road of Hope took place in Ommen, The Netherlands. The main topic of the youth exchange was the situation of the immigrants and refugees all over the world and the purpose of this experience was to empathize and try to understand the difficulties these people are going through. 

We learned through non-formal education methods the importance of being involved and contribute with whatever we can to find some solutions regarding the refugees/migrants situation. The main techniques used in this project were based on interactive workshops, debates, energizers and roleplays. The reason of this was to try to be more active and to relate even more with the problems of the modern society. 

We stayed in an isolated place, in the middle of the woods and the atmosphere was quite calm and appropriate for this kind of activities. We got to know each other every single day and we bonded along the way. 

These are some testimonials of the Romanian team: 
Albert: My experience in this project was quite remarkable because the problem of migrants and refugees is affecting each country of the European Union. By participating in this project, I understand more that we need to find some solutions to help these people to integrate in our communities. The activities were developed very well and now I know more information about the concepts of migrant, refugee, IDP, etc.
Diana: This project was useful because it helped me to make some differences between immigrants, refugees, internally displaced people and asylum seekers, etc. It made me get out of my comfort zone and improve my public speaking skills.
Miruna: Given the fact that it was my first Erasmus+ Project, it opened a whole new world for me. Being here with so many people that have different cultures, nationalities, ideas, it pushed my limits.

Darius: Because it’s not my first project and I had the chance to participate in other great projects, this was also a great experience. It’s always a good idea to take part in youth exchanges and make new friends all over the world.

Adina: If you want to improve yourself and develop new skills, try Erasmus+. You’ll receive a lot of hugs and come home a bit more open-minded and you’ll make some memories to tell your grandkids about.

Overall, we all got something out of this youth exchange. It was an enriching experience that shaped the way we look at things. All the ideas provided in this project will help us spread the word and try to make a difference.
Albert, Diana, Miruna, Darius, Adina