Discovering street culture and extreme sports in Estonia
During the 10 days of the exchange many different activities took place that were connected with street culture and extreme sport. The first days were as usual: welcoming, introduction, ice-breaking & getting to know each other, team building as Mission Impossible through which the participants got to know Viimsi better and interact with the locals. During the nights were held international evenings, first to present themselves was Estonia as the hosting country.
The next day we went into the topic more and discussed what are street culture and extreme sports after which the participants got to a common understanding and were ready to continue going deeper into the topic. Later on we had a free afternoon in order to visit Tallinn and see its beauties.
The third day we went to a gym where we had an instructor for parkour. Everyone got to know what it is, a little bit about the history and later everyone got a chance to learn the basic steps. In the afternoon we had a session where every country presented their situation and local reality on extreme sports and street culture where everyone presented the outcomes of the surveys done before the exchange. Later we had a discussion about the similarities and differences among the countries.
The day after we had a graffiti workshop by a young graffiti instructor who spoke about the history of graffiti where there was an instructor who we could ask questions about the meaning and history of graffiti. Then he showed the participants how to draw, and all together created a scheme of graffiti for Fukiyama and made graffiti with the logo. Later we had a discussion on how to change the reputation of street culture and extreme sports. Different ideas were shared and in the end we created concrete proposals to the authorities how to do it.
The meeting with the vice-mayor was a great success and many suggestions were shared between the participants and the municipality. The participants managed to raise the awareness of the vice–mayor on the issue of the topic. Also the reputation was mentioned and it was discussed how to change it.
The following day was the day of the e Act it Out. In the morning everyone went to the skatepark. There the instructors for BMX and were waiting for the group. After that everyone started with the final preparations for the Act it Out, and when everything was prepared it started. Every participant had his part in the Act it Out and it went really well. There were also many local youngsters in the park whom the participants tried to involve in the activities and presentations as much as they could. The Act it Out was a big intercultural learning, because the differences shocked for the participants and the local youngsters.
The final day was the day of the evaluation after which the exchange was finalized with a farewell party.
Team FYROM/Macedonia from CID