The main aims of the meeting were the following:
- To discuss and come to an understanding on the following items:
- common understanding of the course objectives and structure with variable content according to the target groups and specific context;
- success stories that will be collected and written by the learners;
- engagement of external experts in the project;
- facebook and website - the content we could publish and plan for it;
- monitoring and evaluation plan.
The meeting started with welcoming words and introduction by Andre Caeiro, the project coordinator from the hosting organization Casa Seis. After the opening speech, all the participants had a chance to get to know each other. Using a ball of yarn we presented ourselves and created a web that „connected“ us into a group for the rest of the meeting and hopefully even further.
Next the participants presented their culture by drawing a poster that includes its most essential elements. The participants worked in their national groups, learners and staff members together. When participants got to know each other better, Andre Caeiro presented the Portugal partner organization Casa Seis, its main target group, activities and methodology.
In the afternoon all participants were taken to the Monserrate Park, a masterpiece of landscaping and botanical engineering and is one of the most exquisite green areas in Portugal. The gardens of the Monserrat Park are designed to embrace the unique microclimates that are found within the Sintra mountain region to create a magnificent park in which over 3,000 exotic species can still be seen today. Plenty of exotic species, narrow footpaths ponds and waterfalls work together to create a sense of tranquility, mysticism and great beauty.
Evening programme offered the participants a chance to view a dance show of young dancing group, as well as learn basic movements of traditional Portuguese dances.
At the beginning of the second working day we separated – while the staff members were discussing the project issues and a supportive course content, the learners participated in the following workshops based on the methodology of Casa Seis:
- African dance workshop
- Cooking (Portuguese bread and gazpacho) workshop
In the afternoon we went to Lisbon where we had a long and interesting tour in some of the most spectacular parts of the city.
At the beginning of the third working day the Italian partner Sintagmi s.r.l (Paola and Luca) made a brief introduction and overview of the pioneering training course The new international competencies: creativity to work and health that was held in Rome with total 22 participants. A training taught through creative workshops: the enhancement of the skills developed in all spheres of life. A wide range of classic, contemporary and innovative methodology was used during this training course:
- Reflection on the action and guided reflection
- Competences profile and ePortfolio
- Mindfulness-Based Approaches
- Internal martial arts
- Systemic constellation counselling
In the afternoon everyone moved to the Casa Seis where we had excursion on its premises. We visited classrooms, a sport playground, a technical room, teachers rooms, a social observatory, a food bank room, a computer class and a music studio. The staff of the organization gave an overview about the main activities of the organization, that are all intended to support better inclusion of young and adult people with immigrant background into Portuguese society.
The meeting was concluded with a potent accord - visit to the Westernmost point of the mainland Europe (Cabo da Roca) and the Atlantic Ocean.