Stories

 

Miglė
I am really happy, that for my first project I choose Estonia, there we could not use either Internet or telephone. For most youngsters this idea would look like a real challenge, but probably that was the best part of this project. We had a lot of time for chit-chatting, doing some interesting activities and sharing our own experiences with others. Within 10 days, we, participants from all over Europe, became one huge family without any outcastes or outsiders. We were all very happy that we could talk with youngsters from different countries and it was great to find many things in common. During the project I learnt a lot. The most interesting part was very exciting lectures which were held by professionals of various fields. Lecturers talked about their own experiences and their stories were as great as famous “TED” talks. It really inspired me. Invaluable experience and all adventures still put a smile on my face.
“Miglė
Živilė
The project in France was the first project of its kind for me. I was very concerned about my knowledge of English, but when I arrived to the project I realized that not only I have this complex and it helped me to break through. Impressions remained very much, and most importantly, this project contributed to the achievement of one of my dreams – to see the Eiffel Tower. Although the project was held in Strasbourg, but our group from Lithuania was able to travel around almost half of Europe. We saw Warsaw, Paris, Strasbourg and before driving home we went even to Switzerland. We have experienced many adventures and now this trip causes a very broad smile for me. Also we were in difficult situations, but project organizers helped us solve it. Everything was taken care of, the food were delicious, rooms tidy and all the time in project was interesting. I want to take part again and again. I hope this is not my last project. Thanks to association “Unique Projects” for this opportunity to participate.
“Živilė
Ieva
The training course “The Art of Coaching in Youth Work” took place in Turkey, Alanya. It was definitely the best project I have participated so far! Strong programme, perfect organisation, amazing participants and stunning surroundings with mountains and Mediterranean sea… I didn’t miss a chance to swim there every day even if locals were thinking that I’m a bit crazy! During the training we were presented with many coaching methods and we had an opportunity to try them by ourselves. It enabled us to get to know each other more deeply and to think about our own plans and goals for the future. I came back being motivated to continue to learn about coaching and to share things that I have learnt. I encourage everyone to go out of their comfort zone, to travel and to explore! This is what life really is about, right?

“Ieva

Mindaugas
I would like to say that I am very happy that I‘ve decided to participate in the youth exchange „Colourful Europe“ because it was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. During the project I got to know a lot more about different cultures and became more accepting of them. It was awesome to work in mixed groups with people of other nationalities. I would like to say that I also became more open minded and I feel that I grew individually. I believe that this experience will help me later in life. I encourage everyone to give it a shot and try to get in projects of this kind.
“Mindaugas
Gabriele
The project in Romania was about tolerance. My friends and acquaintances were shaking their heads and told me: “What are you going to do in Romania? You are very tolerant already”… But sometimes heart knows better where you should go. It happened to me. In Romania I met wonderful people, who I would love to welcome to my home. Who are very open and funny. I mostly enjoyed intercultural evenings, because every country introduced themselves not only in a good, but also in a funny way. We danced and sang a lot, learnt phrases in other languages. If you would ask me – would you come back? Without any doubt, I would say YES. Amazing people, great atmosphere and unforgettable moments – it sounds so simple, but trust me, you won’t need anything else to fell in love with Youth Exchanges and Erasmus+.
“Gabrielė
Tomas-Vaiciulis
This project was not the first one which I have participated in. It was related to arts and their assistance to develop life skills. A spot of France was also quite warm and stimulating even if all of activities took place in La Vancelle where population slightly exceeds 400 inhabitants. Participants from Sweden, Latvia, Lithuania and France have learnt novel ways of artistic expression and friendship creation. More specifically, we used mandalas to improve a passive imagination and false-object-demonstration to enhance brainstorming and active imagination. The false-object-demonstration was an activity when a genuine object was called in other name. For example, a window has got pencil’s name, while pencil has been called ‘ a flower’. Even initially started with a slight controversy, this activity eventually outgrew into an enthusiastic game where participants were involved into a contest of who will call the obvious object more creatively. In general, the project was truly involving and enriching personally. Acquired new ideas and natural curiosity encourage me to continue international participation.
“Tomas
PatricijaIt was the first project for me, so I‘ve had very high expectations and was hoping for a bunch of positive emotions and useful experience. Now that I‘m already back, I can say that all of my expectations were met even exceeded! At the first day of the project, I‘ve met lots of colourful personalities which shared their ideas with me and have given feedback on my concepts – the participants and the organizers were sharing their practices in volunteering, working in the NGO‘s or even building their own businesses with advices on what you should do in order to succeed and actualize yourself in a certain field. The workshops that took place in the project have given me a plenty of theoretical and practical experience which is strongly related to my studies and could be used in my future career. Moreover, we had a lot of time to travel around the country and to explore different cultures and traditions with the Intercultural Nights that were organized – participants shared their national features, dishes and drinks and have helped to create a clearer perception of their country. However, in my personal opinion, the most valuable thing that I‘ve taken from this project is my new friends, connections and partners and I already have plans to visit my peers and to host them in Lithuania. It‘s an amazing thing how people can build such strong bonds and create such beautiful things in no time! I am grateful for such an opportunity and I believe that everyone should experience these projects at least once in life!
“Patricija
Rūta Youth Exchange project in Turkey was my first that kind of experience. I am very happy and proud that I found courage in myself to take this opportunity and I will definetely search for similar chances even more in the future. It was extremely interesting to meet other cultures, inspiring people, travel and learn at the same time. In one week I collected incredible amount of ideas and inspiration for myself.
“Rūta
Lina This is the third time when was participating in this kind of project.
Every time coming to different project the expectations change due to
the experience in participation in the previous projects. Our
productivity, gained experience and impressions are determined by those
expectations that we came with. From every experience we take and learn
exactly that what we urged to learn – it can be a foreign language,
knowledge in different fields, etc. The most important thing is to go to
the project with certain goals and be a part of accomplishing those
goals. Overall, the success of the project depends on on the effort that
each of us is willing to put in.
“Lina
Simas As it was my first project in which I had opportunity to participate, I didn’t even know what to expect in the beginning, it was hard to imagine how everything is going to happen. Now, then the exchange has ended, I can surely tell – it was a very valuable experience. One thing I would like to mention is communication with people from other countries and cultures which enriches your common sense. Also, we gained a lot of knowledge about healthy lifestyle, learnt new sport exercises – which is also very important. The most impressive thing was the atmosphere, which we succeeded to create, that common feeling between participants – this really enriched everyone‘s personality.
“Simas
Raimonda As it was my second Youth Project, I already new what kind of training to expect. I had some unclarities during the Project, but everything was solved very fast. I am very happy that I had an opportunity to participate in this training as I had wonderful chance to get to know with different cultures and people, to improve my English skills and gain knowledge and experience. During the project I met people, which I can call my friends. I think, that such kind of exchange projects are useful and needed, it is perfect opportunity to improve in various spheres!
“Raimonda
PovilasFirst but, definitely, not last. That’s how I briefly describe my first experience participating in the project. Traveling to the project for the first time was uneasy, because I did not know what to expect and hope, but when the project began, all doubts were gone. Time spent with people from different cultures -invaluable experience and a big step towards self-knowledge, comprehensive development, the ability to expand the horizons and thinking.
Training – a great opportunity to improve English language skills, increase “baggage” of knowledge, a great source of inspiration to future goals.
I am glad of participating in the project and encourage others not to hesitate and to try out yourself!
“Povilas
EvelinaThis was not first my Youth Exchange project but it actually was the first that kind of project. I was worried and aftraid before going to the project because I doubted whether I will be able to fulfill all the tasks as the project main topic was related with sports.
But if you fear something, you have to do it.
I‘m so delighted for having an opportunity to enjoy this kind of experience and an opportunity to grow and overcome my fears.
I am thankful that I was able get to know people from different cultures, who have already become part of my life. Also, I expanded my views and during activities I have improved my English language.
What‘s the most important, I got deeper knowledge in many spheres and inspiration for changes in my life.
“Evelina
VaivaIt was my first time in these kind of projects and I was scared of going somewhere with people I do not know and I did not feel very strong in speaking in English all the time. But now I am proud of myself and very happy because I have learned a lot and after this program I have 10 houses all over the Europe.. Slovakia, Rumunia, Bulgaria, Macedonia..
So don’t think, just do it!
“Vaiva
MatasIt was my first Erasmus+ project. I think, that it was very well organised and it motivates me to participate in future projects. Living conditions were perfect, great hotel and lots of food. Seminars and workshops were ok, but all the new connections, wonderful place and beautiful weather were above that. I’m glad that i’ve met so many bright people. I feel that project gave me new ideas and passion to improve myself. To everyone, who are afraid to participate in such project I would like to say, that you won’t gonna want to get back home!
“Matas
PatricijaIt was the first project for me, so I‘ve had very high expectations and was hoping for a bunch of positive emotions and useful experience. Now that I‘m already back, I can say that all of my expectations were met even exceeded! At the first day of the project, I‘ve met lots of colourful personalities which shared their ideas with me and have given feedback on my concepts – the participants and the organizers were sharing their practices in volunteering, working in the NGO‘s or even building their own businesses with advices on what you should do in order to succeed and actualize yourself in a certain field. The workshops that took place in the project have given me a plenty of theoretical and practical experience which is strongly related to my studies and could be used in my future career. Moreover, we had a lot of time to travel around the country and to explore different cultures and traditions with the Intercultural Nights that were organized – participants shared their national features, dishes and drinks and have helped to create a clearer perception of their country. However, in my personal opinion, the most valuable thing that I‘ve taken from this project is my new friends, connections and partners and I already have plans to visit my peers and to host them in Lithuania. It‘s an amazing thing how people can build such strong bonds and create such beautiful things in no time! I am grateful for such an opportunity and I believe that everyone should experience these projects at least once in life!
“Patricija
GabijaIf I would want to write all best things who happened to me on this project I would need to write an half of book. That was my first project but not the last one! I can bravely say that this week was the best days in my life. In one week I found a lot of friends and I think that if i would need help I could call them all. That time who I spent at the Project was amazing. Actually I had cried when I needed to said goodbye for everyone. I wanted to stay there and repeat all things hundred times. I recommend to everyone go to the project like this, your life would get more brighter colors!
“Gabija
PaulinaIt was my first time taking part in an Erasmus+ project. To be honest, the main motivator was the amazing location of the project – Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, near Madagascar. To say the least, it definitely did not disappoint: between the breathtaking mountains, absolutely perfect beaches, volcanoes and clear blue water, Reunion was beyond any doubt heaven on Earth! But besides the landscape, I became acquainted with the project itself, taking part in daily activities and discussions, which informed me about the Erasmus+ opportunities, especially in the categories that interest me. Yet one of the biggest advantages was the possibility to meet diverse and interesting people from various countries, hearing their stories along with experiences in previous projects as well as NGO’s. Seeing cultural similarities that unite people living several thousand kilometers apart was a surreal experience, which helped me widen my cultural awareness. Overall, only 10 days were enough to soak up a huge amount of motivation, that urges me to keep moving, gaining new ideas and knowledge. I am forever thankful for this opportunity!
“Paulina
AiraMy first project was in Hungary and it won‘t be the last one for sure! I started my journey without knowing anyone. However, we received many positive impressions and emotions from the very beginning of the project. I got the best memories from the people I met in the project. We had only one week but became so close with each other – we actually became as a family. It’s invaluable experience, which helped me to get knowledge about other countries, cultures and traditions. Conversations with foreign people inspired me to travel more, discover new places. Besides that I have improved my communication skills but team-working, planning and other skills as well. Moreover, organizers were really responsible. They have done everything that the participants wouldn’t be bored and would be active during the whole project. Erasmus+ programme gives a priceless chance to develop yourself and learn new things in the most pleasant way – travelling! Unforgettable memories and friends around the world are guaranteed. Don’t be afraid, let’s improve ourselves together! “

Best regards,
“Aira

AntanasThis Erasmus project in Denmark was a new challenge for me. It was not the first project in which I have participated as a participant, but the first project in which I was Lithuanian group leader. The project stood out in the improvement of the team-building and co-working. Quality of non-formal exercises and activities was very high. We not only participated in many interesting workshops, but lead activities ourselves and made our own presentations about our country so we contributed to project implementation. Good company, organizers effort made this project unforgettable. “
“Antanas
LivetaIt was not my first youth exchange project, but I hope it wasn‘t my last one! While I was waiting for the begining of the project I felt really differently: at first, I did not know what to expect, later on, when I found out about others participants – I went into kind of panic, mostly because of participants age – everyone was older than me and I thought this might be a barrier to communicate with them. Luckily, all this was just a myth, which I had created in my mind. Honestly, the project was even better then I could have ever expected. New, friendly people, entertainment, trips – everything I had during this project showed that I can be a different person. I realized that all these expensive journeys are just worthless comparing to youth exchange. This is why I was so sorry that the project was over… “
“Liveta
DaumantasThis was the first participation in Erasmus+ project, so I really did not know what to expect. I had opportunity to meet people from different countries in Poland and all of them were different, nice and interesting. I also gained more knowledge about Poland and other countries which participated in this project. The most interesting thing in this project was intercultural evenings – during them we received more information about specific country’s culture, traditions and tried out local food. I have also found new friends. I still keep contact with them and can state that they are one of the best people I have ever met. Do not hesitate and participate in such kind of projects because this an opportunity which can not be missed!“
“Daumantas
Elena PakalnyteThis summer I have accidentally seen a post on Facebook which invited to participate in youth exchange project. That was probably one of the best coincidences in my entire life. In the beginning of October I went to Gdansk, Poland. Even though it‘s not so far from Lithuania, my impressions after the project were like I had travelled through whole Europe. It was the first Erasmus+ project for me, but I honestly hope it was not the last one. I always choose to think that not the place but people matter the most, so I’m extremely happy to say that all the participants were amazing. We’re already planning our future meetings. Even though the main topic of the project was “Hate speech”, we had covered more topics. I really became more open-minded, I had chance to know other cultures better, I was invited to visit many countries and I’ve invited many people to come to Lithuania as well. I’ve laughed until crying during the project and almost cried when leaving. It is impossible to describe everything I’ve been through during that week, but if I had to choose only one word, it would be A-MA-ZING.“
“Elena Pakalnyte
GabijaThis is the second project in which I have participated. So, I knew, what I could hope and expect. However, I was surprised and impressed this time as well. I have met so many people from different cultures and now I can call them my new good friends. In my point of view, I can’t believe that it is possible to build so close relationship in such a short time! After this project all participants started to plan new meetings which made me even happier. Organizators team of the project were amazing people too: ready to help you whenever you need it. During the project we had many activities such as working in teams, discussions, sharing our minds and opinions… And it is only a small part of all what I have experienced! I have not only developed my English language skills, but also my team-working skills, general knowledge. I have also found new friends. Memories about this week make me smile and I wish to come back to this project’s time. I am very thankful for association “Unique Projects” for this priceless chance to participate in such projects. I suggest everyone – do not be afraid and try this unforgettable experience. You will start to want this experience again and again! :)“
“Gabija
Greta BaltrušaitytėThe only thing which I regret after all is that I didn‘t know about Erasmus+ before. My first project was in Romania. I had wonderful time there and I brought back unforgettable memories with me. Firstly, I was afraid of my skills to speak in English. But later I felt a huge support from others. After all, every of us was from different countries and we spoke not in our mother tongue. The program was made very professionally. Trainers were great authorities and real professionals in public relations field. It was interesting and useful to listen and learn from them. After all, we all together became a big family during those 10 days abroad. Don’t hesitate and apply to Erasmus +!“
“Greta Baltrušaitytė
GustasMorning – in Lithuania, evening – in another beautiful country, which is famous of nature and nice people. This is how Erasmus+ project „Speak Up“ in Slovakia began. It was not my first project but most memorable one. I have found new friends, learned about human rights, tolerance and intolerance in Europe. It was an amazing experience to participate in this project, represent my country, improve English and get more motivation in personal life. Project had very nice vibes: live music, laugh and talks near warm fireplace during the evenings, while we could see mountains and snow through the window. It is hard to explain in words, how amazing it was. I definitely invite you to try Erasmus + projects and feel how amazing it is.“
“Gustas
JoanaIf you dare nothing, when the day is over, nothing is all you will have gained“ – Neil Gaiman. It’s the motivation to challenge yourself, to start new things and be courageous. Despite the fact that I was scared for a while, the first impression in Italy has changed my attitude. I got experience that was one of the best choices in my life-time. Sometimes you have to make yourself to go out of the comfort zone for understanding how much you can discover there. I do not know how I should begin with, maybe, I should start with people. Different backgrounds, cultures, various experiences, unique personalities, built new relationships. I have found few close friends, who inspired and motivated me in such short period. It’s a pleasure to call them new friends. In my opinion, it is amazing that you can become close with so many different people in such a short time. Talking about the project, in the beginning, this project’s topic “TACKLING RADICALIZATION THROUGH EDUCATION AND YOUTH WORK“ was difficult for me to understand. However, now I can‘t be more excited that I have chosen this project. We have learned and tried to solve nowaday issues: radicalism, terrorism, extremism – the words which were dominant during all project time. We have also visited one of the refugees centres in Italy. Later we have discussed current situation of refugees in Europe. All the time we worked in groups, developing our team-working, listening and understanding other views. Besides, I have to mention travelling: Rome, Bonefro, Naples, Termoli and Pescara – 5 Italy cities where I could spend a little time and figure out how the real Italian life looks by my own eyes. This short training week means so much. It contains emotions, life lessons and experiences… I take everything as the invaluable experience and motivation for the future. Thank you association “Unique Projects“ for this opportunity and thank you, my dear partners, Arnas and Žygimantas. Grazie mille!“
“Joana
MedaThis Erasmus+ project was my first and I was afraid because I have never done anything like this before. It was afraid because my English level was not the best one and I was nervous being surounded by unknown people. It was good that I did not have to be the only one from my country, this the support gave me courage. The first couple of days were quite hard and strange because I had to talk in front of people which were looking right at me or just do all that kind of tasks, but everyone was really friendly. Participants helped me to feel comfortable, that is why after two days I was feeling much better. The fear passed away and I was able to be myself. The surroundings were cousy and comfortable. Spending time with warm, friendly people in the Project made me feel that they have become my family and I could not say goodbye without tears. This project has changed my thinking and I feel more significant and confident. It was definitely one of best descisions in my life. I hope I will have the opportunity to do it again.“
“Meda
UgnėYouth Exchange project “Let’s go eco-tourism“ wasn’t the first project for me, but it was the first one, which undoubtedly touched my heart and soul so much. When I was applying for this exchange, I mostly wished to see the mountains and discuss environment issues. However, during the first day of this project, I understood that I will receive much more than that. I have spent 10 days with amazing people, who became second family very fast. These days were spent in the country, about which I knew only very little and I hadn’t been interested in that, but it left me the long lasting impression. Also, I have found at least 10 close friends there. The great atmosphere was felt by other participants, too. During reflection time in the project, everyone said that we had a really strong team: every country member worked with other ones well. We were helping and teaching each others, also, learning and sharing our experiences.
In my opinion, projects like this are important, representing the countries. Now, I can personally say “I love your country with your people“ , when I meet a person from Romania, Slovakia, Poland or Germany. After “Let‘s go eco-tourism“ I really feel sympathy to all these countries. I hope other people have the same feeling about Lithuania. Connection with others has still continued after that time, it creates new opportunities.
Talking about practical side, project’s program was really considered, organizers were really great and especially friendly: they communicated with different participants, asked us to reflect, tried to become better leaders in any case. Besides, they took into account participants’ wishes and abilities. Additionally, we lived in a great hostel, we were 2-3 people from various countries in one room, so it was easier to find friends from abroad. We could admire amazing view through the windows because of the nature and mountains near by. In the end of the day, intercultural evenings gladdened participants while every country-member had presented their culture, traditions and cuisine. Later we enjoyed heated outdoor pool, jacuzzi and sauna. Moreover, food was great, everyone could get what they want to eat or drink, depending on their own preferences. Vegetarians or vegans weren’t hungry or thirsty as well. The atmosphere reminded the feeling that you’re at grandma’s home. To sum up, obviously Erasmus+ projects are the best experience for the Youth!“
“Ugnė
ViktorijaIn a calm sea, every man is a pilot”, but to be a true pilot you need to encounter a stormy sea and make it calm. That is why I took the possibility and went to my first Erasmus+ project and believe me when I say that it was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. Romania is not the country of everyone’s dreams, so it was a big step to go there and to realise that this country is magnificent. The project not only introduced me to different people from different countries but actually taught me a lot about the topic (PR). I came back home full of motivation, joy, excitement and the belief that I could move mountains. I was proven that there is no mission impossible and if you want, you can create and put to practice a PR campaign just in 3 days. So for anyone who is in doubt if it is worth it, for anyone who is still afraid, I can for sure say that by having these doubts you are losing the possibility to become smarter, to gain knowledge, you are losing the possibility of finding new friends that can actually take you under their wing when you are visiting their country, you are losing a lot. So, by all means, you can be afraid or you can take this possibility and be happier than ever. It is your choice.“
“Viktorija
ViliusIt was my first Erasmus+ project. I have found this project accidentally by filling participant registration form where I did not pay much attention. At that moment the most important thing was to travel (even though the trip took only few hours), meeting new people and also expand my knowledge. Although it was far better than I thought it will be.
There were 24 participants from 10 different countries. I think it was the perfect number of participants. It eliminated us from forming national groups and for that we all had to be like a family. The project theme was also interesting for me: psichogymnastic methods for socially excluded people. In short, we all had to spend time playing games with homeless, kids or people who have independence or addiction. It required teamwork with each other, psychological preparedness but despite that everything went wonderfully. The project gave us opportunity to improve communication between each other and leadership skills.
I have worked with people from different cultures in the past and I know that most of them are warm and friendly but in this project I felt like all participants were my family. We were all together during daily activities, during free time and now we keep in touch even after the project. I expect even to receive few letters from them. I would really like to participate again in such kind of project and you shouldn’t hesitate as well!“
“Vilius