The project was assessed very high. 3 out of 5 team leaders strongly agreed (2 out of 5 rather agreed) that the project met the expectations of the participants from their countries. 80 % of the team leaders admitted that the project met their expectations to a high extent. Basing on the team leaders reports the competences that were fully developed through participation in this Youth Exchange were as follow: communication in foreign language, analytical skills, interpersonal and social competences, intercultural competences, cultural awareness and expression. Practical skills, problem solving skills, mathematical competences, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship and learning to learn competences were developed according to team leaders’ opinion to a high extent.
More than 80% of the responses showed that after the youth exchange most of the participants:
- know better their strengths and weaknesses;
- are more able to adapt to and act in new situations;
- are more interested in knowing what happens in the world daily;
- are more able to cooperate with people from other backgrounds and cultures;
- are more interested in European topics;
- are more aware of social and political concepts like democracy, justice, equality, citizenship, civil rights;
- have learned how to produce media or social media content on their own;
- realise that they now learn better or with more pleasure;
- are more committed to work against discrimination, intolerance, xenophobia or racism;
- are more willing to express their opinions to the others and stand for them;
The results of the survey prove the success of the project as most of the participants got a clearer idea about their future educational path, have become more aware of what they learned during the project, are more aware of what they can learn from taking part in a youth project and are more receptive to Europe’s multiculturalism. What is more, the youth exchange had a big impact on the participants as they are now more open-minded and curious about new challenges, more tolerant towards other persons’ values and behaviour, intend to participate more actively in social and political life of my community and have a better understanding of the kind of skills and competences they would like to improve or obtain in the future. They are also more able to explain to others what they learned during this project and reach decisions.
Due to the results of the survey participation in the youth exchange developed skills of some of the participants. They are now more able to think and analyse information critically and discuss political and social topics seriously. Some of the participants feel more European, are more aware of the fact that some people in our society are disadvantaged and more willing to take action to change the things that do not work in their surroundings after the youth exchange. After Czersk, some of the participants got a clearer idea about their professional aspirations and goals, their job chances have increased and are readier to pursue further education or training (formal, non-formal, vocational).
Participants got to know how to learn from 1 till 5 in all of the project languages (Polish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Turkish and Hungarian) as it was necessary during dividing the participants into groups. The participants were working in intercultural groups during the workshops and due to this they increased their knowledge on the differences and variability between languages and verbal communication in different countries.
The participants also developed their digital competences as during the youth exchange they used cameras to take photos of cultural and historical sites. They stayed in touch with their international friends through social media. It is worth mentioning that even 8 months after the youth exchange the Facebook group is still active.
Participation in the project undoubtedly developed the ability to work in an international group, and thus increased awareness, tolerance and ability to deal with prejudices. Participants, appreciating diversity, discovered differences and similarities their cultures, as well as experienced a new lifestyle (other customs, traditions), problem solving. Youth broke stereotypes about representatives of specific countries, and also realized how important role freedom, democracy and respect for human rights play in our lives. During the youth exchange, participants gained knowledge about the history and daily life in Czersk, as well as Poland. The youth also gained knowledge in the field of evaluation of the learning process (therefore, they are able to identify newly acquired competences), and also understand how important the long-term learning is. Participation in the exchange also brought the ability to build a team aimed at active citizenship that will benefit the local society, and will to promote Erasmus + program and its values.
Skills acquired by the participants coincided with the objectives of the project.
Projekt 2017-1-PL01-KA105-037210 „On the ship to the leadership” został sfinansowany przez Unię Europejską w ramach Programu „Erasmus+”