“Clearly Positive Culture” TC/ Plaja Calarreone, Lorca Murcia Spain- 4-13.09.14

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Coride, sieste, flamengo, castaniete… Ai ghicit, e vorba despre Spania! Parcă vezi in fața ochilor senzualitate  unei dansatoare învesmantate în roșu sangeriu, care îl ademenește cu mișcari sinuase pe un brav toreador… dar cand eu spun Spania, ma gandesc si la molasse(desert specific egiptean), la piramide, la ijab (valul care acopera capul femeilor musulmane), la Petra(paradisul Iordaniei), la thobe(robele specific arabesti), la makroud(desert tunisian)…

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Ce legatura are lumea araba cu Spania? Ei bine, pentru o saptamana, tara toreadorilor a devenit puntea dintre doua lumi aparent contradictorii: Europa si Orientul Mijlociu. Cursul de formare “Clearly Positive Culture” a oferit o sansa fantastica participantilor: sa se descopere, explorând  în acelasi timp alte lumi.Proiectul se axeaza pe facilitarea relatiilor interculturale, scopul acestuia este de a conduce participantii spre o introspectie in urma careia ei sa isi clarifice setul de valori personale, interesele si  atitudinile, apoi sa invete sa le accepte si sa le valorifice pe ale celor din jur, pentru ca, in final, sa fie capabili sa apropie lumi aparent conflictuale.

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La finalul acestei  experiențe, am înțeles că marele “obstacol” dintre cele doua civilizatii nu este, asa cum s-ar crede, diferenta culturala, sociala sau cea de mentalitate, ci faptul ca suntem tributari unor prejudecati. În cadrul proiectului am avut ocazia sa ne provocam recirpoc, ajungand sa abordam subiecte ”tabu”, indraznind sa punem intrebari despre originile unor cutume, descoperind ca pana la urma diferentele nu sunt atat de uriase pe cat ne asteptam și că ele completează nu pun în contradicție cele două lumi.

Cursul de formare a fost organizat de CAZALLA Intercultural

 de Ioana Macovei

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Corrodes, siestas, flamenco, castanets… yep! You got it! Spain! Right before your eyes you can see the sinuous movements of a sensual dancer, wearing a bloody red robe, luring a brave torero… but when i say Spain, i can’t help myself to think of molasses (a specific Egyptian dessert), the pyramids, ijab (the veil worn by Muslim women), makroud (a Tunisian dessert)…  what does the Middle East have to do with Spain? Well, for a week, the toreadors’ country became the bridge between two apparently contradictory worlds: Europe and the Middle East. “Clearly positive culture” training course offered its participants the fantastic opportunity to discover themselves while exploring other Worlds.

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The project focuses on developing the intercultural relationships; its aim is to lead participants to an introspection, meant to unveil each individual’s set of values, his or her interests and attitudes, after that, participants are touch how to accept and to appreciate others. Eventually, the project encourages youth to develop their social skills within intercultural relationships and to help other people from their community overcome the intercultural “shyness”.

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At the end of this experience, me understood that the greatest obstacle which separated those two civilizations was not, as we would have imagined, related to the different culture or society or mentality, but it was linked to our prejudices. During the project we had the chance to push each other’s limits, to discuss “tabu” topics, to question the origins of different customs, only to find out that the differences between us are not that huge and those complete perfectly the two worlds

The TC was organised by Cazalla Intercultural.

By Ioana Macovei

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