At the beginning of December 2019, in a group of 8 people from Poland we got to a small village of Poiana Negrii in the Romanian region of Bucovina. We were greeted by the unique December climate of the snowy mountains underlined by the charm of Christmas decorations. Over the course of the next 10 days, we were supposed to work here on subjects such as discrimination, racism, homofobia etc. Together conducting intellectual conversations and debates with groups from Italy, Portugal, Greece, Slovakia and our host Romania.
The topic sometimes turned out to be very difficult, but above all – familiar to each participant. We managed to create new solutions to current problems, despite many difficulties and obstacles – methods related to informal education – among others many workshops and activities that require our creativity, initiative and passion. It was also important to get to know each other and try to understand our own expectations and experiences, which was hampered by cultural barriers.
We worked mainly in international groups, but there was also time to deal with the topic in our group. Thanks to this, we had a certain point of reference and were able to compare the situation in Poland with other European countries. This gave us some understanding – how we, as individuals, can act to improve the overall social situation.
The most crucial point of the project was the flashmob, which we organized in a nearby city of Vatra Dornei. All participants in the city center sang the song by John Lennon and Yoko Ono – War Is Over. The theme of the song was not accidental, we wanted to pay attention to the privilege we have, spending Christmas in peace and a quiet atmosphere, while elsewhere in the world many people experience tremendous harm and violence associated with discrimination.
On the last day we had to say goodbye and leave the project. With great sadness, but at the same time, richer in knowledge and unique memories. We are very grateful that Erasmus+ gave us the opportunity to participate in such a great project.