In September 2017 Kristina took part in an Erasmus+ funded training course called Nomad’s Land: how and why to talk about migration organised by our partner Concordia France in Aquitaine.
Here’s her story:
“As it was my first project with Xchange Scotland, I was not sure what it would be like. What I can say though is that the experience exceeded my expectations by far.
I think the content were very relevant to contemporary issues regarding migration. It increased my knowledge on the topic, provided some practical skills for non-formal education, boosted my motivation to participate in similar projects and was overall great for my personal growth. There was a balance between our own reflections and knowledge-building, and more in-depth materials that were provided by the guests that were visiting and giving us some guidance.
I liked that the exercises we did provoked us to think in more creative ways, and face the complexities of some issues, instead of simply providing dry facts. I also liked the non-formal methods used, because they provide an approach to explore a particular topic (migration), but also we learned about the creation and execution of these non-formal learning tools, which I will be able to use in the future.
The training schedule was quite intense and full of activities, which was great. There was not so much free time, but we had enough brakes and free evenings to socialise and have some time for ourselves. We could create our own activities, play board games or have a walk around, and the free day in the middle of the training was great for some sightseeing.
I met amazing people with whom I could discuss volunteering opportunities and other topics. It was also a culturally enriching experience, as we were a really multicultural community. We had a positive environment, and I enjoyed getting to know other participants and building a daily routine together.
I also learned a lot about migration and related problems. I made friends and was able to practice a little of my Russian language skills, with the help of other participants. In addition to all these achievements, this project will also be a great addition to my CV.
I gained first-hand experience of Erasmus+ projects. I also learnt more about EVS and how to get involved with a project.
In general, I got more motivated to actively engage in volunteering and active citizenship initiatives.