YE “Inclusive Art”

Portugal, July 24th – 31st, 2015

I went there without any expectation and that was the best decision I made. I heard before about this kind of exchange but it took time to encourage myself and decide to apply. How did I find this project? Thanks to my sending organization Ocean znanja, Zagreb.

I came to Portugal as a blank page and now I’m filled by all the amazing events that happen here, all the colorful people I met, all the great places I saw. It really was above and beyond all expectations.

I liked the way the workshops have been given, in small international groups. That gave the opportunity to get to know others. I really liked how our days during the week were organized. The activities were also enjoyable, especially when we had to explore the city hunting the treasure or create music by playing all sorts of instruments that we made. And as a result of our workshops we have a music video with our music, our lyrics and our dance moves. We also had the opportunity to decorate a wall in their school. It’s great how a small group of people can have an impact on others, with their messages and drawings on walls. People were even better – we worked together, laughed together, cooked together and, of course, partied together! Overall, I had an amazing time with amazing people. So, the result is an endless collection of happy, hilarious, incomprehensible and just fantastic memories.

It was a great opportunity to improve my language skills. This kind of exchange gives you the unique opportunity to know better another culture and to gain independence. It is also a possibility to improve your sense of responsibility and of course it offers many occasions to have fun.