Labirint 3.0 // Embracing Diversity and Resilience in Reunion Island

From the 5th to the 12th October 2023, our journey took us to the vibrant Reunion Island for the second activity of the “Labirint 3.0: A Path to Self-Care” project. This chapter of our adventure, which is the second part of the project, was dedicated to exploring the depths of cultural diversity and resilience, set amidst the island’s breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural tapestry. The project is funded by the Erasmus Plus programme of the European Union.

The ultimate test, however, was our trek to Mount Piton de Neiges. This 18-hour journey was a testament to our grit, teamwork, and faith in ourselves. With every stride and every breath, we realized that it’s moments like these that make us stronger. And when we reached the top, we understood: real peaks are not just mountain summits, but also new horizons in our education and development.

Objectives of this training course:

– to reflect on the outcomes from the practical phase, to make a plan of integration of the outdoor approach to work on the topics of stress-management and well-being

– to assess personal training style and personal expression while organizing, implementing and evaluating outdoor activities 

– to share good practices and challenges of integration of outdoor education in youth work and reflect on the quality in outdoor education

-to develop and test new models, tools and instruments in outdoor education and experiential learning 

-to plan the future international cooperation 

-reflect on ways of incorporating these methods and techniques into their daily work with youth for stress-management including young people with fewer opportunities 

-To increase knowledge of the participants on Erasmus +, support creating new project ideas based on using outdoor methods and promote networking and cooperation.

The programme of the project was developed by CGE and TE IS experts, with a valuable contribution from all project partners. There are 9 partners in total coming from Germany, Hungary, Poland, Spain, Austria, Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan who also contributed their ideas to the project development and preparation of the grant application form. The program in Reunion Island was crafted to extend the self-care narrative into the realm of cultural awareness and adaptability. Through a carefully curated mix of workshops, experiential learning sessions, and community engagement activities, participants delved into the complexities of intercultural communication, empathy, and inclusive support strategies.

The island’s unique blend of cultures provided an extraordinary backdrop for discussions on identity, belonging, and community-building. We engaged with local communities, sharing stories and learning from their resilience and adaptability in the face of environmental and social challenges.

This activity was more than just a training session; it was a transformative experience that enriched our perspectives and armed us with new tools for fostering inclusivity and support within our work. As we reflect on our time in Reunion Island, we carry forward the lessons learned and the connections made, inspired to make a more profound impact in the lives of people across Europe.

Together, we continue to navigate the labyrinth of youth work, empowered by our shared experiences and the unyielding belief in the power of unity and understanding.Guided by the expertise of Bogdan Imre, Vera Goriunova, and Eduard Oganyan, each day became an enriching experience, pushing our limits and fostering unity.

🇪🇺 The Labirint 3.0 project was co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

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