Cooper-Youth-Work", Gaziantep, Turcia- Elena Blidea de la ACTOR

  Proiectul la care am participat s-a numit "Cooper-Youth-Work", un seminar ce a avut loc in Gaziantep, Turcia. Pot spune ca am fost putin sceptica la inceput in legatura cu proiectul, aflasem ca eram singurul participant A.C.T.O.R , nu stiam multe lucruri despre orasul respectiv, faptul ca se afla destul de aproape de granita cu Siria si Irak, zone nu prea "prietenoase", m-au facut sa ma indoiesc oarecum de reusita mea la seminar.

 Am luat legatura prin Eugenia cu o alta fata, Ramona, ce avea sa participe de la alta asociatie la proiect si am inceput sa vorbim pe messenger. Proiectul a luat-o astfel intr-o directie cu totul noua, frumoasa, plina de amintiri (cum de altfel era si normal) , povesteam pe net, faceam planuri, ne cunosteam, astfel incat in ziua plecarii nu ramasese decat nerabdarea de a ajunge acolo, de a cunoaste oamenii, locurile, cultura, obieceiurile.
 Seminarul a strans oameni din mai bine de 9 tari, in general voluntari experimentati ai asociatiilor, profesori ce predau in licee si scoli generale, foarte preocupati de educatia si viitorul copiilor in general, chiar liderii unor aosciatii.
Atmosfera a fost foarte placuta pe tot parcursul seminarului, s-au discutat programele Youth, mai exact s-au detaliat si s-a pus accentul pe cunoasterea acestora cat mai bine, incercarea de a acoperii eventualele "goluri" ale fiecaruia, pentru a reusi in viitor ca fiecare asociatie sa isi cladeasca un proiect cat mai bun, plin de reusite si in primul rand realizabil !
 Un alt punct al seminarului a fost creeare de relatii, propuneri intre participanti, creearea unor proiecte "virtuale" in echipe, pentru a lua contact direct cu tema in sine. Totul a fost dinamic, spontan, s-a lucrat contra-cronometru, s-a adunat stres, emotii, au fost chiar si cateva discutii in contradictoriu, insa toate pentru o cauza buna 🙂  Normal ca au existat prezentarile asociatilor si tarilor, numeroase jocuri, ice-breackinguri,  dansuri, petrecerea de adio….
 Timpul liber l-am petrecut vizitand cele doua primarii ale orasului Gaziantep. Da, da, sunt doua! Si doi primari, ce au tinut fiecare o scurta prezentare a orasului si a vietii din Turcia , dar erau foarte interesati amundoi de relatiile ce se formeaza intre tari prin astfel de evenimente si programe pentru tineret. De asemenea am fost invitati la o expozitie de fotografie, la un spectacol, am vizitat un muzeu de mozaicuri si tablouri realizate in pereti din piatra de mozaic (merita vazut!).
Pentru a gusta din celebrele delicatese culinare turcesti, am fost dusi la doua restaurante, unde toate simturile ne-au fost incantate…ce de arome, mirosuri, gusturi…..
Insa ce mi-a placut mie cel mai mult a fost vizita in bazar, in celebrul bazar turcesc! Si a fost exact asa cum mi-l inchipuiam, amestecuri de mirodenii, ceaiuri, mirosuri… saluri, panzeturi, covoare, argintarii, bijuterii,  traditie si kitsch laolalta…..o plimbare interesanta ce s-a finalizat la o cafea, un paharel de ceai fierbinte si o baclava cu fistic…. un tabiet "obligatoriu" in aceea zona.

The name of the project I took part in was Cooper-Youth-Work, a seminary in

Gaziantep,


Turkey. I can say that at first I was a little skeptic about the project. I had found out that I was the only participant from A.C.T.O.R. and I didn’t know many things about that certain city except the fact that it was close enough to the board with

Syria and

Iraq, kind of “unfriendly” areas. These things made me have some kind of doubts about my success at the seminary.

So with Eugenia’s help I took contact with a girl who also was going to participate at the project but from another association and we started talking on messenger. Because of this I started thinking of the project in a totally different and beautiful way, we chatted on the internet, we made plans and we got to meet each other, so that in the departure day all we felt was the eagerness to get there and meet the people, the places, the culture and the customs.

The seminary gathered people from over nine countries, generally experimented volunteers from associations, teachers from secondary schools and elementary schools, very preoccupied by children’ s education and their future in general and even the leaders of some associations.During the seminary we talked about the Youth programs in detail and we insisted on the importance of knowing them as good as we can so that in the future each association would make its own workable project. Another point of the seminary was creating relations between the participants, their proposals, and creating “virtual” projects by teams. Everything was dynamic, spontaneous, we worked under a time limit and there was a lot of stress and even some argues but all of them for a good cause J Of course there were the presentations of the associations and of the countries, lots of games, ice-breaking games, dancing, and the farewell party. I spent my free time visiting the two city councils of

Gaziantep. Yes, yes, there are two of them. And two mayors who each told a short presentation of the city and of the life in

Turkey, but they were both very interested about the connections between the countries which are made at this kind of youth programs. Also we were invited to a photography exposition, to a performance; we visited a mosaic paintings museum (it’s worth seeing).

To taste the famous Turkish culinary delicacies we went to two restaurants where we were delighted by the flavors, the aromas, the tastes…

But what I liked most was the visit to the famous Turkish bazaar! And it was exactly as I imagined it to be, mixtures of spices, tea, smells, salts, cloths, carpets, silverware, jewels, tradition and also kitsch… It was an interesting visit which ended with a coffee, a cup of hot tea and a pistachio baklava, a compulsory custom for that area.   

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