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SpeakUp! from Manuel E’s point of view

Manuel, 21, from Vienna participated at an Erasmus+ project for the first time… read on to see how he has experienced it 🙂

I had a great week filled with a lot of joy, interesting workshops and a lot of new experiences. Nevertheless, for me the most important aspect of the training course was meeting people from so many different countries and the cultural exchange that took place. Everyone met the challenge of expressing themselves differently from the way they were used to do it. I believe that everyone grew on this, got the chance to improve their communicative skills and observed every days life from another point of view. I wasn’t aware that different cultures bring so many different aspects with it.

I have learned how to use hand gestures to underline the things being said. This was mostly brought to us by the Italians. (on the right you can see some of them)

There was a Polish guy who used his voice very cleverly and an energetic guy from Estonia showed me the power of smiling and positive thinking. At home, I live my life more passively and I think others do it too. We don’t try to communicate well and sometimes we are not interested to even try. It is different on occasions like this training course. We see people from around Europe and all of us try to get the most out of it. Sometimes it means the most to find new ways to express ourselves and trying to understand others. This effort can and should be done in our day-to-day lifes to improve life quality.

I think, through this experience, that people should frequently meet people from other cultures to enhance their spectrum of observation and communication. This is one of the most important things I have learned at SpeakUp! and I am very grateful for that. If I would get another chance of participating in events where many cultures meet I would, like Erasmus+ projects, with no doubt, take it. I would recommend everybody to take the chance as well if they can because the experiences are and will always be unforgettable.

A roadtrip through Estonia, Lithuania, Turkey, Czech Republic and Italy!

As we were extremely busy travelling through all countries we barely had time to write about our cultural experience. It would be boring to list all the facts and figures, so we decided to ask around and give you some quotes and impressions by our participants 🙂

„It was very nice to get to know so many new things about Estonia and I found so many similarities between our nations. From what I have heard at the cultural night I can even imagine to live there some day.“ – Paula, 21, Poland

„My favorite cultural evening was the Estonian one. They had some really delicious food, showed us a nice traditional dance and their presentations were great! The self-deprecation with the tourist guide video was hilarious. Also, they made me fall in love with Estonia!“ – Alex, 20, Austria

„Lithuanian night was great – I enjoyed it so much! I like the fact about the most difficult language and about their passion for basketball. Of course I enjoyed the food they offered as well, it was just awesome and delicious!“ – Michal, 24, Czech Republic
(This participant, Michal, is a mystery to everyone else on the training course… We are not sure whether he is Czech, Italian or Polish, maybe Austrian, as he was part of all those cultural nights. If anyone knows more – contact us!)

„I really appreciate the richness of details, food and music, and also the traditional dresses! Turkey is really an amazing place, full of history and culture. A great mix of ethnies! I am charmed by this country and would love to visit it some day.“ – Federica, 24, Italy

„It was awesome to see the next country which has so many interesting things to offer. Yet again I was 
amazed and charmed. Next year I will visit the Czech Republic for sure!“ – Adam, 24, Poland 

I wasn’t aware that different cultures bring so many different aspects with it. I learned how to use hand gestures to underline the things being said. This was mostly brought to us by the Italians.“ – Manuel, 21, Austria

A short visit to Austria & Poland!

So many different cultures in only two days! If we would tell you all about Austria and Poland that we have heard at the cultural nights until now, we could write pages
 That’s why we decided to ask some participants after every presentation how they liked it – by doing this they already used their newly learnt rhetorical skills : )

#1 Austrian night

“What I really liked at the Austrian night was the home-made Zirbenschnaps. By drinking it, I had the feeling to smell and drink a pine tree at the same time. Another thing I appreciated a lot were the traditional dresses the girls wore. It is not really popular or usual in the Czech Republic. Dancing the Waltz was extremely interactive and as it is one of my favorite dances I enjoyed it a lot.” – Jana, 18, Czech Republic

“The beginning of the presentation was a nice surprise. I didn’t expect the group to walk into the room and dance the Waltz. What I also liked was the Austrian chocolate, the Mozartkugeln, it tasted delicious! In general the prepared food was really good. And the video that was shown about Austria was interesting as well.” – Kasparas, 23, Lithuania


#2 Polish night
“The video about Poland’s history was really interesting! But I also liked the second video with all those beautiful images of the country. In general I have to say that I liked the way how everything was presented.” – Cesare, 19, Italy

“What was the most interesting thing for me was the traditional clothing and folklore connected to it. And as we talk about Poland, I have to mention their tasty drinks – I liked them a lot!” – Maria, 27, Austria

(Maria & Cesare)

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SpeakUp! and welcome to Villach

After hours, days, weeks and months of hard work, the busy bees of wEUnite were waiting in Villach for their participants from Austria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Lithuania, Poland and Turkey to arrive in Villach in order to start our first training course SpeakUp!

                                (Tini, Alex, Maria, Nina, Manuel, Rainer)

We are really happy that all participants found their way and were full of energy for our first workshop sessions.

Last evening and today we already built a group, who works unbelievably good and fast together. As the two trainers (Manuel and Nina) say: „This is the best group ever! It’s amazing to work with them.“

And the day isn’t over yet – our Austrian team is preparing a presentation for the first cultural night…everyone is curious!

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What we have done so far

Although wEUnite is a pretty young organization, we managed to do a lot within the first year – but enough talking, have a look at the pictures to get an impression 🙂

Before our first youth exchange „BalanceYourself“

First day with all our participants at „BalanceYourself“

A lot of work ahead…

Exploring culture in Klagenfurt

wEUnite visits friends in Turkey

wEUnite visits friends in Lithuania

Exploring lithuanian culture on the Independence day