Projects and organization
(young people’s view)
We are presenting 3 somewhat different stories dedicated to project implementation.
3 young people shared their experiences while being involved in EU projects. The focus is in one question: is it all about the project content and activities? Where does the organization come to play? And people’s commitment to the activity?
STORY 1 (facilitator in his own project):
During one of my projects I had a very unpleasant experience. I was conducting workshops on several faculties on academic and social skills. I entered the designated lecture room.
The students were there as well as a professor who was delivering a lecture. He told to me to go away and said he knows nothing of any workshop.
I was forced do go back to the project management office and to bring the vicedean of the faculty to the lecture room. Only after heated debate professor left the classroom and I started the workshop.
They explained that they had a lot of problems with this professor before he was notified about the workshop but he claimed he wasn’t.
So, where was the problem?
STORY 2 (trouble on the stomach):
I participated in a Erasmus project and went abroad. As I am intolerant to some food, I stated these issues in the participation form. After the first day I was asked to write down what I cannot eat and I did so. However, each day the dish that I cannot eat was served in the canteen (it was one for the whole campus). I told the managers of the project and also to the lady in the canteen that I cannot eat this. They looked at me like I was from outer space. I had a 5 minutes plead and discussion once in order to get a vegetarian menu. I also got to the supervisor who told me that I can go to a restaurant in order to eat something else. Well, on a project where food is provided you don’t plan to spend money on restaurants. During the whole week nothing happened and I felt sicker and sicker. I went home disappointed. Well, there were some nice parts (people and activities), but the food issue ruined everything.
As for me, project content is important. The activities you do are the focal point you should concentrate on. But, there are other things important – the way you organize the living of these people who will participate. You don’t want someone to get sick. So, if someone is allergic, vegetarian or else…..why is it so hard to provide a decent substitute?
STORY 3 (let us rest):
I was on a project in Romania where we worked on various non-formal learning methods regarding discrimination. The theme of the project was very interesting and useful. Activities were dynamic and all participants were involved in various kinds. It was really interactive.
The minus was that they tried to fill in a lot of activities in the timetable that shortened our breaks and free time. I think breaks are indeed important for participants to refresh and gather their mind. I also encountered a personal obstacle. I am a vegetarian and felt ill at many occasions because there wasn’t a lot of food you could as a vegetarian get. So, I also felt a lack of energy and it was hard for me to follow through the process. My message is: please take care of all segments. Besides the activities, people need quality rest and nutrition.
Did you also encounter similar troubles while participating in a project? Or different, but you would like to share? Let us know and we will post it, completely anonymously.