Our mind needs to create stereotypes, but we are the ones who have great power to turn them into tolerance or prejudice, that was the idea for that workshop.
Already during the kayakactivity Memory Pills exchange participants were talking about the stereotypes they have about different countries.
Later, after returning to the residence, taking as starting point academic information by researchs in the field, the knoledge was involved in several games that helped through learning by doing. We imagined a German person and suddenly we had a lot of stereotypes about their nation in our brain. Then we imagined someone from Bhutan and we were all silent…
The workshop “Ideas about Europe” allowed the participants to make a reflection about Europe and European Union and to generate an interesting debate.
The first question participant had to face was the simple idea of how to define Europe. From cultural, geographical passing to historical definitions, most of them gave their version of which are the borders of that could be considered Europe. Finally, an agreement was adopted in the geographical version, establishing the borders on the East in the Ural Mountains, although some participants, mainly from Canary Islands, disagree once that this could leave outside their homeland.
The workshop about the video edition was the first step for the participants in order to gain knowledge to make the “pills” that later will constituted one of the most visible results of the project. Following the indications of the speakers, participant could see how to make a video beginning from some of the interviews they have done the same day to people on the streets.
Canary Islands always has been a bridge between South America, Africa and Europe. As an example of that statement, to learn and also to have fun a little bit, participants enjoyed a little workshop with the basic steps of salsa dance.
Samuel, an experienced dancer, showed us some simple figures. We danced in couples, changing partners from time to time. This was another chance to mix participants from different contries.
“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?”
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 week, Javier Mendoza, one of the most active volunteers in Isla CreActiva, had the opportunity of participate in a Training Course about environment in Skalica, Slovakia. Appart from the wonderful experience, he have brought with him many things that he