Find out what participants of our Film the Change Training Course are sharing about their experience
“Considering the fact that it was the first Erasmus program experience for the three of us, we didn’t know exactly what to expect for. The three of us we just graduated from a Greek Film School, so I guess the video facilities were the first reason for taking part in such a program and the interacting with different minds and cultures was more a background reason. Now that we ‘ve completed the first phase and we can make a more distal approach, we can’t decide which part was the best – The precious knowledge from the guerilla tactics and the “keep it healthy” philosophy or the – sometimes- demanding and difficult, but always satisfying teamwork.
About the interaction with the other youth workers, during the first days it was quite difficult for us – cause we were totally inexperienced from such activities – to adopt in the time schedule and at the everyday duties. Also, you may find yourself need some time in order to feel free and relaxed to communicate with all the participants and understand their way of behavior and thinking. But, after a couple of days and chit –chats we felt the satisfaction of meaningful and productive conversation with interesting, talented and multitask personalities. We understood that language is not a barrier if you are really interested in other persons views and opinions.
About the training course and the practical/theoretical knowledge, we strongly feel that it surpassed our expectations and we met professional advice and suggestions from our main trainer, Panagiotis, and the whole team.
The main philosophy of the training course was that you can always create videos and impact with poor equipment and without so much time. We’ve learned through this process to be less perfectionist but way more active, productive and willing to complete an assignment. So, because and the three of us make videos in our daily work we always have the feeling that we lack time, equipment and energy, now we’ve improved our flexibility and the will power to get the best result regardless the conditions.
We believe that we made an improvement in our organizational skills and we gained some pretty important practical skills relevant for our video making activities. All in all these nine days we managed to build up new contacts with people from all around Europe, we experienced valuable new learning practices – God bless the guerilla tactics -, we felt that we contribute to important goals and values – such as increasing the awareness of people with special needs – and last but not least, we had a great time with interesting and open-minded people!” – Athena, Katerina, Michalis, Greece
“I enjoyed the whole process, with a couple of more difficult moments in terms of teamwork but overall a very rewarding experience. After being working in mostly individual long term projects for the last couple of years because of work/studies, it was super gratifying to be in a space where teamwork was fundamental and we had this urge to publish and share the results of the things we were doing. I loved the fact that overall, the result was not as important: the learning was in the process and in having the courage to expose our work in front of a room with other people like us. I have done two Erasmus+ programs but this was my first Training Course
and my expectations were more than met! Cool job.” – Valentina, Spain
“After some experiences in Erasmus + programs, this time I could really feel the will of Solidarity Mission to create impact. It often happens that once the project is done participants tend to forget about the learnings of it. In this case, though, the fact that we achieved the creation of something “tangible” (the videos for the different associations) made a difference. Now that I’m back I can show the results of the project to my beloved ones, apart from the relevance it could have in the social media. I’m also very excited about the local phase! To sum up, I’m very satisfied with the potentiality of the project in terms of impact unlike most of the projects I did in the past.” – Loreto, Spain
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 cathy
- On 12 Ιουνίου, 2019