Communicate efficiently plays an important role in living in the information era. Having this competence contributes to raise the quality of all the aspects of live, but more important increases the employability perspectives.
The project reunited 6 organisations from 6 partner countries:
- France - Ensemble Partout
- Slovakia - Iniciativa mladych
- Bulgaria - International Center For Development Of Education And Training
- Portugal - Clube De Jovens Europeus
- Romania - Young Europe Society
- Italy - YOUth Connect
The project addressed the problem of limited communication competences on two levels:
1. Youth workers – 28 youth workers increased their capacities in using non-formal education methods within their communities to boost youths’ communication competences
2. Young people – 48 youths will develop transdisciplinary competences that will lead to increased chances to enter the labor market; being able to identify challenges and opportunities in communication activities and to find solutions in a coherent way.
Hello comrades :) 📣Here are a few pictures of my dissemination work.📣 I did a presentation about my experience during the project Communication Masters on 7th of January 2019. I presented in English in front of students at the University of Telecommunications and Posts, Sofia. We also discussed questions like: "What is Erasmus+ ?", "How can we apply for a project?", "What are the steps we should go through the application process and after that?". I felt more confident to speak in front of the audience and didn’t have problems to express myself freely in English. (which was the case before) Thank you for everything! I’m so grateful for meeting you all!❤️ - Bojidara Uzunska, Bulgaria
On 19th of November 2018 I decided to visit local school and talk about Erasmus+ and the latest project I attended - Communication masters. I visited a couple of classes (photos are only from one), talked about signing to projects, explained the activities we did, watched the project video and at the end of the presentation they were given space to ask questions. A lot of people hadn't known about Youth exchanges before I gave the presentation and hopefully I motivated some people to attend projects. - Andrej Zelenec, Slovakia
Everyone, I have to tell you that this training course was so helpful! Right now me and Zahari Vaklinov representing our company "V-I Production" Ltd. are attending start-up accelerator in Sofia. And I will be honest - some of the things we learned at this training course are really helpful and are coming in handy as I'm writing this. Congratulations once more for this awesome project! - Ivan Ivanov, Bulgaria
ICDET from Bulgaria created an Interview after the participation at the TC. You can listen to it here: https://soundcloud.com/radioeplus/expirience-mihail-prodanov-for-communication-masters
In order to visit the project site, each participant had to use different means of transport like train, bus or plane. The majority of participants took a plane to Paris, after which they took a train to Brive la Gaillarde. Upon arrival, a bus provided the transfer from Brive la Gaillarde to Lissac-sur-Couze. After getting there, with great joy we discovered our cottages and also the roommates for the duration of the project. The venue, Les Hameaux du Perrier, possesses a lot of sports facilities, like a basketball field and mini-golf. The youth workers were impatient to enjoy the numerous activities proposed at this wonderful place. Already settled and rested they decided to share meals cooked by the head chef, who prepared delicious dishes.
The first couple days were focused on team building and getting to know each other. Our group consisted of 28 younth workers from 6 different countries, who were going to spend the next week eating, sleeping and working together. Thus, knowing everyone's names and building trust was crucial for the success of the project. We experienced a lot of fun during this time because we were all curious about new people, cultural differences and new languages. Learning each other's names wasn't difficult for us. After a couple of name games and ice breakers, we all knew people's names, even though some of them were hard to pronounce for some of us. The trust games are another story. It's not easy to trust a bunch of strangers out of nowhere, but in the end we can all say that we trust each other more than we did on the 1st day. Nevertheless, words like connection, family and thank you have always been present during this week.
One of the most interesting parts of this kind of projects is the challenge of working as a group as fast as possible, so the program included several team building moments. Even though most of the participants started the training without knowing anyone else (not even other team members from their own country), since the beginning the goal has been to create a strong and mutual connection in the group. Integrating everyone, making them active and letting them take initiative because the best way to learn is by doing and enjoying of course. The feeling of being out of your comfort zone might've created some struggles during the process, but the benefits were evident and just in few days a big step forward was more than possible for the majority of participants.
Although we didn't start the Communication topic right from the start, our communication skills have been tested from day 1. From having to introduce ourselves, until giving constant feedback and sharing our opinion, there was no room for shyness near the beautiful lake of Lissac-sur-Couze. Basically, the theoretical part of the project was taught by the trainers, and then we had to represent what we learned to others in a creative way. However, it was essential to make sure people understood what we were representing and to apply what we learned before to make the presentations interesting. Our journey took us through the different kinds of communication, our attitude during conflicts, the attention that we pay to the details until the pitch about ourselves. Following this, we shared several hints to make the perfect pitch to use in future presentations. Finally, we adapted what we learned to a job situation. From this project, we will take with us the people we knew, the fun we had and new amazing techniques that will allow us to express ourselves in the best way possible. We were always incredible, but now we will make sure the world won't misunderstand it!
Between the topic activities we refreshed ourselves with other activities, such as energizers or night activities. In the evenings we presented our countries through intercultural nights, where we talked about our traditions and provided our local food and drinks. Part of the project was a study-visit to a nearby city - Brive la Gaillarde, where we explored the area and its main institutions. To inform people we approached the local youngsters and interviewed them about communication and the Erasmus+ programme.
To sum up, this project has been a great and unique experience for everyone. The participants took knowledge about communication and conflict situations by working in teams. What's more, by practicing public speaking we gained a lot of confidence and made many intercultural friends.
Tips from the participants
1- follow the 4 steps to deal with conflicts: feelings, basic needs, observation and request
2- breath in/breath out: try to calm yourself as much as possible
3- use positive words
4- don’t focus on the other person (try not to attack). Take accountability.
5- reflect before you speak
6- know and master your body
7- face the audience. Find friendly faces. Focus
8- don’t stop. Don’t freeze. Finish your idea no matter what. Always get the message out
9- speak loud and clearly
10- moderate the voice- use emphasis in certain words if need be
11- prepare your voice/yourself in advance
12- end on a positive note
13- avoid parasites: using the same words over and over, use sounds such as hummm/ahhhh
14- use simple vocabulary that everyone can resemble
15- provide empathy
16 - focus on listening not on immediately responding - active listening
17- take initiative: be creative
18- provide constructive feedback
19- believe in what you say. This way you will make the audience believe it too
20- enjoy the process/experience!