The adventures of the Caravan Life
Five countries. Eleven flights. Twenty one days.
From south to east and up to the north, nothing stopped the “Caravan Five”.
Mission: spread the “intercultural” word among youngsters and produce a movie.
I never imagined that the dream would come true. But it did. After two “warming up” days in Portugal, where the project began, I started realising that it was really happening! As soon as we knew we were landing in the island of Cyprus. Then Turkie. Then Poland. Then Estonia. I know introduce you to the “Caravan Five”: me and Sandra Santos (we both were the media team), Marko Paunovic, coordinator of the project and trainers Nataliya Naskova and Lorenzo Nava.
The mission of the media team was to find out different youth realities in Europe and make a movie about it. At the same time we were following the two day workshops leaded by the trainers in each stop. All those countries were new for us, but we counted on the precious help of our guides (thank you all!). The first step was to try to find out a foreigner that had recently arrived to the country. By choosing this strategy we were trying to have a some how neutral and impartial opinion about that nation. In the five countries we managed to interview people from seven countries: Serbia, France, Poland, Ukraine, Portugal, Italy and Brasil. Is there anything more intercultural than this? After we would try to find out some controversial issues to confront people in short street interviews: racism, unemployment, religion and immigration were some of the topics. In the meantime, we would also follow the non-formal education based trainings about Media and Yoth Participation.
After Portugal, where the workshop gathered youngsters from different nationalities, the team went to Pelendri, somewhere in the Troodos mountais, Cyprus. In the middle of nature and in a peaceful and quiet atmosphere, we began to settle some ideas about our working aim in that country. Soon we found out some issues concerning immigration and also about the turkish-cipriot conflict. The capital of the country, Nicosia, is the last divided capital in the world, a problem that it seems far to be solved.
After a short passage in the hot waters of the Mediterranean we flew to Istanbul, in Turkey, where we had some difficulty to focus our attention, since there is so may to see and learn! The integration in the European Union, gender equality and the duality between europe and Asia were some of the issues we tried to develop.
In Poland, our following stop, we found Poznan, a city where you can still feel the presence of the II World War. The religious minorities and the strong yoth participation were some of the topics we tried to develop.
Last but not least, we ended on top of Europe, in Estonia, where the capital, Tallin, is one of the most well conserved medieval cities of the old continent. There we found still a large russian influence that is somehow dividing the society, one of our major topics.
Journalist of the Media Team of YEU Academy