“Youth4com ” youth exchange- Denmark Stubbekobing 26.07-4.08.2013 by Alice Iamandi

_MG_7796Suna tare bine « Youth4com », numele schimbului intercultural de care auzisem cu ceva timp inainte de inscrieri. Nu mai mersesem in nici un astfel de proiect  inainte, asa ca nu stiam exact ce avea sa ma intampine acolo, intr-o tara nordica- Danemarka – in Stubbekobing. Am plecat, entuziasmata si debordand de energie, intr-un grup de 12 oameni, cu Ligia, Cass, Geo, Cristina, Ionut, cele doua Ioane, Ana, Alex, avand ca si coordonatori de grup pe Mihai, si Gabi-.  Desi nu ne cunoasteam prea bine inainte de proiect… experienta din urmatoarele 10 zile ne-a apropiat foarte mult.

Odata ajunsa acolo, m-am gasit inconjurata de o mare de oameni necunoscuti, dar cu care nu te puteai simti niciodata singur. Tarile participante au fost Romania, Danemarca, Finlanda si Letonia. In urmatoarele 2-3 zile am descoperit cata energie, cata pasiune si cate calitati poti gasi intr-un om strain, chiar intr-o saptamana.

Proiectul a avut loc intre 26 iulie si 4 august, iar Danemarca a fost tara care ne-a gazduit. Acolo am avut de ales intre 4 ateliere, si anume tobe, dans, circ si teatru de papusi, ceea ce ne-a oferit posibilitatea tuturor de a decide in functie de pasiunile fiecaruia. O parte rea a fost aceea ca nu puteai participa decat la unul dintre ele. Daca era dupa mine, mergeam la toate. Am invatat aici sa fiu matinala si sa reusesc sa ma trezesc devreme. Luam micul dejun in fiecare zi la 8, dupa care aveam incalzirea de dimineata de la 9. La 10 incepea partea distractiva. Atunci incepeau atelierele, 3 ore intense de dans, jonglerie, batut la tobe si creatie. Cu toate ca aveam 3 ore de « munca » dimineata, nu m-am simtit niciodata obosita si, din ce faceam, din aceea voiam sa fac mai mult.

Evident, dupa munca aveam parte si de pranz, unde mergeam pe rand sa ne luam mancare si stateam la mese rasfirati, dornici sa povestim si celorlalti ce am mai reusit la ateliere pana atunci. Aveam apoi 2 ore libere, in care faceam ce ne doreau inimile. Se strangea un grup de doritori care mergeau dupa masa, zilnic, la innot. La 3 incepeam alte 3 ore de lucru intens si de repetitii, dupa care mergeam la cina. Aveam un program foarte bine structurat, pentru ca aveai? destul timp la dispozitie si pentru tine, chiar daca aveam 6 ore de lucru pe zi. Faptul ca am dormit fiecare tara in cate o sala de clasa, a marit doza de amuzament.

Cea mai frumoasa parte a proiectului a fost alcatuita, din punctul meu de vedere, de emotiile si adrenalina de care am avut parte inainte de fiecare dintre spectacole. Dupa 2 zile de ateliere, cu totii aveam numerele finalizate, repetate si stiute cap-coada. Nu voi uita niciodata drumul spre Nykobing, unde am tinut primul spectacol. Eram cu totii emotionati si totusi plini de energie pentru ceea ce avea sa urmeze. Am tinut doua spectacole in sala casei de cultura- Kulthus din Nykobing, pe scena, unde am fost primiti foarte calduros de public, iar alte doua in Stubbekobing, unde am locuit. Aici spectacolul a fost ceva mai dinamic, avand in vedere ca am tinut spectacolele in strada, unde avea mai multa lume acces la rezultatele muncii noastre.

Am avut timp de vizitat, intre spectacole sau intre ateliere, iar o zi intreaga ne-a fost proclamata doar pentru o vizita la plaja Marii Nordului din Marielyst. Dar nu numai locurile pe care le vizitezi sunt cele care te marcheaza intr-un astfel de proiect. Isi pun amprenta pe tine experienta pe care o dobandesti si oamenii cu care socializezi. Faptul ca petreci 7-8-9 zile cu niste straini, care pe parcurs iti devin prieteni, te ajuta sa te regasesti pe tine si sa iti aduci aminte cine si ce voiai sa fii. Inveti despre modul celorlalti de viata, culturile si arta celorlalti. Asta te schimba ca om, si pleci din proiect cu regretul ca se termina.

« Youth4com » sounded really pleasant to me. I hadn’t got the chance to attend a youth-exchange before, so I didn’t know what was about to happen there, in a foreign coutry. I left, enthusiastic and filled up with energy, with a group of 11 friendly people, they were Cass, Geo, Cristina, Ionut, the two Ioanas, Ana, Alex with Mihai and Gabi- group leaders. Even we didn’t know so well before the project, the next 10 days really got us closer to each other. 

Once I arrived there, I found myself surrounded by strangers, but with people of that kind you could never feel alone. Romania, Denmark, Finland and Latvia participated in this exchange. In the next couple of days I was surprised to find out how energetic and passionate can a man be and how many qualities can be discovered in a stranger in less than a week. The exchange took place between the 26th of July and the 4th of august, Denmark taking the host country-role. We had to choose between 4 workshops, such as dancing, percussion, circus and puppetry. We were given’ the possibility to decide freely, depending on our desires and wishes. Sadly you were allowed to choose only one of the 4 workshops. I would’ve attended all of them. I learned here to wake up early in the morning; to have a schedule. We took our breakfast at 8 o’clock and after this we had to start the warm-up, at 9. At 10, the fun part started – 3 hours of intense dancing, juggling, percussion and creation. Even though we had 3 hours of work in the morning, I’ve never felt tired; I even wanted to do more and more. 

We, of course, had time to eat after the hard work, where we went one by one to get our food. We sat mixed, wanting to share with others what we’ve done in the meantime. We were given to hourse of free-time that consisted in all the things we wanted so bad to do. There was also a group of guys who went with one of the leaders to swim. At 3 p.m, other 3 hours of work begin, after which we had dinner. The program was quite enjoyable, since we had time for ourselves, too, event though 6 hours a day were spent on workshops. The fact that each country had its class to sleep in, was added to our daily dose of amusement.  

The most beautiful part of the project consisted –from my point of view-, in the emotions and the adrenaline before each show. After two days of workshops, every one of us had its role well-known, ready for the show. I will never forget our way to Nykobing, where we took our first performance. We were all nervous and yet full of energy for what was about to happen. We had two shows in Nykobing, on stage, and other two in Stubbekobing, where we also had the school. In Stubbekobing was more dynamic, since we performed on the street, and many people had access to our show.

We had some free time to spend on visits, and a whole day was claimed only for a visit at the North Sea’s beach, in Marielyst. But not the places you see put a mark on you, the landscape is just a wonderful distraction, in a project like this; the experience you gain and the people you talk to surely will. The fact that you spend 7-8-9 days with some strangers, who in the end can be called your friends, will help you in the process of finding yourself and remembering who and what you wanted initially to become. You learn about other cultures, about other’s lifestyle and art. This is what changes you! You leave a youth exchange like this one, with a heart full of regret… the regret everything is over.

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