Find out what participants of our Film the Change Training Course are sharing about their experience
[…]”During an amazing week, I assimilated the bases for achieving my dream.
I found myself pleased in meeting so many different people, carrying backpacks filled with a rainbow of experiences, competencies, culture, and energies. The process of the training, permeated of non-formal education, worked entirely and let us learn what we wanted to learn from each other and from working in teams, pushing us to challenge ourselves and having fun doing it! An experience I would love to live over and over, with the same playful awesome people, in that scout camp surrounded by woods, lost somewhere in Greece.”
“It’s weird how a small camp in the middle of the woods can be easily called “Home” after a few days of staying. You are sleeping on the bus, the driver wakes up you: “Last stop” he says, you get off in the middle of nothing, still dazed, with the eyes half closed; the sky is dark and you are one hour and a half far away to the venue. You breathe, deeply, and you feel the life flowing into the veins, into the lungs, into your whole body. You start to walk direct to the place, step by step, all the muscles start to react to the commands, the backpack is heavy, the moon is already there welcoming your arrival in Greece.
A car pulls over. It’s Vero, a middle-aged Greek woman who sees a guy walking in the dark, struggling with his heavy backpack, while she’s driving to a family celebration.
“Get in, I’ll give you a ride!”
“Greece! Amazing, crazy, paradisal Greece! Thank you!”
The lampposts are passing faster until they disappear completely. The woods, the headlights, the road and again, a guy, walking in the dark struggling with his heavy backpack. It’s Lukàs this once, Czech who’ll become my roommate for the next days.
We get into the camp and there: Dàvid, Simone, Guido, Jordan, Giovanni, Michalis, Aleksandra, Ramona, Cathy, Valen, Lo. Hungary, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, UK, names and countries, an explosion of stories, faces, smiles, and gazes.
Europe! Close, warm, friendly Europe!
What did I get from the training? Them! I got their time, I got a piece of their life, a piece of their thoughts and shares and love and hugs and hope and beauty, a piece of human beauty! I got them. Our paths have crossed, our lives have intersected and who knows whether a week is a beginning or end. Who knows whether our paths will cross again, whether the moon will welcome me again in a different country standing in the middle of nowhere while I’m waiting for them.”
“This has been my first training course and I applied to it just after my first youth exchange. I found this project and I got really interested in it just by reading the info pack, but at the same time, I was a little afraid I would not have adequate experience in the theme of the training. Anyway, when I received the participation mail I did not think twice before deciding that I would definitely take part in it. I had a really good expectation about the project and I have to say it turned out to be even better of what I was expecting. This has been to me an opportunity to enter a new world, the world of video making, in which I had really few practices and a lot of interest. Furthermore an opportunity to get to know and work with amazing people from so different cultural and life backgrounds.”
“If you ask me I didn’t find this training course, “Film the change” found me. I didn’t hesitate even a second to throw myself into this adventure in Greece and recall everything I did in the past and enjoyed so much. Days were passing by pretty quickly, from breakfast to dinner (sometimes even late at night), from challenge to challenge, from new person to a new person. We were learning and getting to know each other by working devotedly. Just being there reminded me how great is video production and why I love it. And goddamn I missed that so much!
That fast-paced drive through stories and imagination, incredible just by knowing that you are not alone in that vehicle and that everybody can hold a steering wheel. And you can completely trust “the rider” because each and every single one of us has that original spark of creativity that can take us anywhere we want.
Maybe because of different experiences, maybe different backgrounds, maybe different styles, maybe different focus, maybe the smoking area. Whatever it was, we all have done amazing stuff here. We planted seeds for the future, our offsprings started to grow and along with them our curiosity and desire to learn, to improve, to transform, to share. Therefore, I hope that our plants are going to sprout forth creating a forest even bigger than the one we were surrounded by. But more than anything, I sincerely hope that our branches will interlace again sometimes somewhere.”
“After: It’s already one week without you. Seems like one year from the “lonely day” at the airport, some hug and kisses, one or two tears, a lot of looks. Now, little by little, we return to daily thoughts and actions, the time of travel is replaced by the time of survival in our cities, in our shoes, in our jobs…without you. So the present is busy and you start to become past, a very good memory as our dear departed. I don’t want so. But still burning in me the joy of share and discover with you because I love you, you are for me a nice plan for the future. So let’s do something together and change our world.” – Guido, Emiliano, Simone, Aleksandra, Giovanni, Italy
The training took place in December 2018, in Nea Makri, Greece and it was funded with the support of Erasmus+ program and the INEDIVIM, the Greek National Agency. Watch below the videos that participants produced – both for social purposes and promoting the unique work of 6 different social enterprises based in Athens, Greece.
- Posted by Solidarity Mission
- On 12 Ιουνίου, 2019