ACT! Toolbox in practice – Afternoon participants’ led workshops

After lunch break it was time for group number 4 (Tauvydas, Rosanna and Ante) to present the effects of their hard work.  Their workshop titled “Competition of experience˝ focused on the topic of youth exchanges and the importance of volunteering. They went off the deep end and started their presentation with their main task. They divided us into groups of three and then asked us to count to 3 within the small groups. People with nr 1 got a task of being the interviewers, with nr 2 and 3 the applicants. There was a twist though. The applicants´ CVs were different in one important detail. Some of them had a lot of experience in volunteering, the other ones had none. After a short explanation we had couple minutes to do the interviews for the position of a shop assistant in electronics department. After that the interviewers had to decide which of the 2 young candidates their preferred. The results were quite surprising, as it turned out that it didn’t really matter if they were experienced in volunteering or not, because all the recruiters cared about was their attitude and predispositions to be a part of the team.

Then the group number 5 presented their workshop. Matea, Aleksandar and Catalin prepared exercises about discrimination. They started with a fun energizer called “Boomerang˝ and then moved to the main part of the workshop. They divided us into 2 groups – into government officials and immigrants. Each representative could accept only one person (or a couple) according to the culture and political situation of their country. The immigrants had different roles, such as a married gay couple or a 15-year-old orthodox Muslim.  They had to choose 3 countries they thought would accept them and then ask the officials for a verification of their choices.  As many of them were denied entrance, it made us think about intolerance in our countries. It was a very powerful and emotional exercise which helped us realize that even though we might consider ourselves progressive and tolerant it does not necessarily mean that the whole society thinks alike. There are some key factors, such as religion and tradition, that differentiate us as countries and they need to always be taken into consideration while discussing a move to a different place or accepting someone into it.

All in all, the presentations were interesting and well-prepared. Difficult subjects were introduced in a very engaging way, thus kudos to both groups.

        – Karolina, Poland

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