La Laguna City Rally

La Laguna City Rally

LaLagunaCalleIn this activity, participans had to follow some directions and clues to visit important points of San Cristóbal de La Laguna. The aim of the game was to show a sample of the culture, history and traditions of the city.

As a first challenge, participants must get a map in the tourist info point. At this building they could see how the traditional canarian architecture mix contributions from Andalusian, Portuguese, Galician, Genoese, Flemish and English styles…a real european culture!. They also knew the aborigine name of the city and when it was founded.

Slovak presentation

Slovak presentation

Slovak presentationSlovak group presented their country. They bring us some food (not much because of luggage restrictions) and many sweets also. Everyone could get chocolate sweets from Slovakia.

Then showed us a presentation describing their country, it’s main cities and regions and also some traditions. A little quiz was made, participants has to guess for each member of the Slovak group what is their favourite sport.

Fears, hopes & expectations

Fears, hopes & expectations

HFE hangingTo better understand the motivations of participants, and adjust the activity program to their demands, we held a workshop in which young people exposed their fears and expectations about the exchange on a mural made with laundry clothing.

Everyone had to create their own shirt and trousers with craft paper. On the shirt they wrote their fears and worries about the exchange. On the trousers, they expressed their hopes and expectations. Then, every piece of clothing was put in wall like hanging out the laundry; so everyone could see all group fears and expectations.

Interviews workshop & field work

Interviews workshop & field work

Interview workshop1“What happen if somebody refuses to give interviews? Why is eye contact so important? To which person of the 100 that are on the street approach for an interview?” This and other questions were answered in the interview workshop that helped the participants to prepare for the video interviews conducted on the streets of La Laguna.

Through various methods of non-formal education, young people understood the importance of prior preparation and the steps to follow to get a good interview. There was much talk about situations that they would live in just one hour after the workshop and how to face them. “What is the first thing to say starting a street interview? How do you convince people? Why do they want to read the questions before the interview video?”

T-Shirt Design Workshop

T-Shirt Design Workshop

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As one of the first activities for participants to begin working as a team and to give greater visibility to the exchange, we prepared a workshop to design themselves the shirt with the logo of the project, their name, and the Youth in Action logo.

This way everyone could express themselves by customizing their design, adding their personal ideas and personality to a common logo.  This workshop remembered us that Europe is diverse but yet we share more things, there is always space for everyone.

Last coordination meeting

Last coordination meeting

Last wednesday evening it took place the last of the coordination and planning meetings before the exchange starts. For 4 hours the project coordinator and some group leaders (through Skype) reviewed the activities plan and some little changes were introduced. We