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The Fireworks Xperience!
This is what the participants of the FIREWORKS: Media & Citizenship for Youth shared with us about their experiences!
MY STORY by Gabriela Hešková
“ViVo project in Holloko which I participated in was one of the most enriching experiences I remember. I got realy more than I expected. Even at first I felt a bit confused and uncomfortable, because I was not sure about why I participated, who are the people around me and what I am expected to do, subsequently, I got more friendly with the idea of video volunteering. Moreover, I started to getting to know others and love them! We are unique young people from various countries around Europe, but we overcome our differences, prejudices, shyness and barriers in and around us and we become a team, actualy team of friends. It was just great, absolutely THAT good feeling, that you are on right place in the right time with right people and meaningful aim.
I learn a lot, but what is more important for me, I experienced a lot… about equality, empowerment, teamwork, patience and about myself. I am more able now to use my creativity but at the same time respect other people and their ideas.”
“Project Video Volunteers has changed my view on life and I do not regret spending those 14 days in Hungaria. However, it was not easy for me, I often had to fight with myself or sometimes with the others too . I learned that not everyone´s expectations can become real and that something unexpecting can cross one´s plans anytime. Now I know that people with a camera in one, and with a tripod in the other hand, are at the first people, not machines, gods or alliens . Everyone can become a cameraman, a producer, a director, an editor or an actor. All you need is your YES decision and a little bit of patience and time
FIREWORKS: Exchange in Hollóko
“During more than nine days we have been fortunate to participate in an exchange in Hollók?, a small town in Hungary, where we have realized different activities, but all with one common denominator: the team work with young people from different countries.
This has been a great excuse to meet new people from other cultures and after sometime (the hours were like days because we did so many things) we have become to get know better each other. We struck up friendships among the participants, as well as with monitors of the exchange. Actually the people were very open-minded and fun, so we have had a great time.
The program was focused on video volunteering, so many of the activities were connected with visual learning techniques. In this way we have learned some basics about audiovisual communication, such as photography and video.
By the way, in my opinion these activities were the most entertaining.
We also had a possibility to develop artistic activities such as painting and dance.
We had to form the working groups in order to cleaning and the maintenance of our residence.
The accommodation where we stayed was very comfortable, the food very good and most of all healthy. The schedule of eating and sleeping was quite flexible, and we have had free time to relax.
The rules of coexistence were explained in the first day and seemed quite sensible. Generally, there was no problem with coexistence.
The next distinctive activities were a visit to the oldest prison in Hungary, where we had the opportunity to see the living conditions of inmates of prison and share with them our job and a visit to a summer camp for child
ren where we also shared our videos. We also encouraged the children with a dance.
In conclusion: it was a very positive and enriching experience, because it gave us the opportunity to see new places-different from where we live and allowed us to meet people from different countries and establish good relations.
Certainly, we can recommend this experience to anyone and we thank all who made this possible.”
Asociación Juvenil INTERCAMBIA