Feedback from a participant of RESILIENS

From 15.06.22 to 22.06.22, we were in our training-course entitled "RESILIENS". During 8 days, with 30 participants coming from Spain, Hungary, France, Greece, Germany and Estonia, we explored the topics of the social and ecological transition.

After this week, one participant from Estonia posted a short article about her experience on the website of her sending organisation (Seiklejate Vennaskond). We are sharing it with you now. Enjoy the reading ;)

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At the end of the school year, I decided to give up teaching and extend my summer with training abroad. My biggest criterion was the theme, i.e. the desire to find a training course or a conference somehow related to climate change. Such an ideal theme was found when I researched the Adventurers' Brotherhood blog, which is why I landed on the "RESILIENS" training in Fayssac, France.

I set off for France already on 14.07, as going from Estonia to the South of France is not exactly a piece of cake. However, this allowed me to discover the lovely city of Toulouse, where an unusually hot and long heatwave had begun on my arrival. Having seen the beautiful churches, the bright parks and the delicious cafés, my journey took me to Fayssac the next day. We stayed in Fayssac from 15.07 to 22.06, so the plan was to be home in time for Victory Day and Midsummer's Day.

The first thing that fascinated all of us when we arrived at the project site, myself, the Spanish, the Greeks, the French, the Germans and the Hungarians, was the large swimming pool in front of our little villa complex. It was a place where we were comforted and entertained again and again over the following week. Having listened to the necessary information about the project and chosen the rooms in the three houses shown to us, we got to know each other. To my delight, there were a number of people who also spoke German, with Germans representing Germany as well as a Syrian and an Iraqi welcoming me for the week and willing to practise German with me.

The training allowed me to explore the elements causing ecological change from many different angles, the methods of tackling the problem were varied and fun, despite the seriousness of the subject. Firstly, we played a game called "Climate Fresk", which I am familiar with from previous trainings, in which we had to find links between problems and consequences in nature and events affecting human life. However, we also explored pollution of the sea or the air, for example, and expressed our new knowledge and ideas both through plays and through art made from materials found in nature. During the week, we had many discussions with each other and with outside guests, and it was particularly exciting to talk to climate activists who have been working for the well-being of the French environment for decades.

In our activities, we also looked to the future and discussed the ideal city, and later made models of the ideal city from materials we had on hand. I was delighted to be able to redesign Tartu, where I have lived for many years, with my group of Spanish and Hungarian students, which made the task even more exciting. In conclusion, we were able to reflect on how we ourselves can contribute to change, both inside and outside the system. It was quite motivating to get bolder in tackling the issue of climate change, both at school and outside.

I have to say that I didn't expect such an entertaining yet interesting training, my hopes of being inspired to work with students were fulfilled in many ways, both in terms of the organisational and communication skills of the facilitators of a great event and in terms of the content, a few ideas came up that I could adapt and try out with students myself. It only remains to thank the Seiklejate Vennaskonda for the opportunity to attend the training and ViaBrachy for organising it!