Estonia Adventures part 2
"They welcomed us in their simple and cozy office and shared experience over the years they have been established. We were there to study and we did certainly learn a lot in few days:
It was very important to have set so many contacts with other countries and take care of those partnerships. In Estonia, they have had so many projects and we got new and inspiring ideas for our local activities and tips and networks for our international actions.
The best advice came from Aleksandr, the founder and the chairman of EstYes: “We never say no!” Yes, the secret is probably giving always a try to any idea, project, proposal coming from outside, even if its something completely new. Keeping to be curious and open mind to all tings new, not just being happy with the short-term results, being brave and giving a chance to anybody interested, are most likely the perfect guidelines for a open minded and international youth organization! "Lisa
In the afternoon, we had the great opportunity to visit local food bank, Toidu Pank . We were able to actually take part in their weekly activities – distribute foods to them who need it. It was so interesting that in Estonian, the Food Bank connects with some of the supermarkets, stores in Tallinn to ask for the soon expiration date food. Through this event, I have concluded for myself one lesson :
During our time we only learned thru non-formal methods Venla, a Study Visit participant shares some thoughts about the experience with Poetry Walk:
"My favourite part of the trip was poetry walk, led by our volunteer Ahmad. Tallin is a place where most Finns have visited multiple times, and I am no exception for that. This walk gave me a change to see Tallinn from a new perspective, which made it quite interesting. We started the poetry walk by exploring the old walls of the old city of Tallin. We were asked to think what wall might present to us, and turn that into a poem. After this we continued to walk to the heart of Tallin, Town Hall square, where the Christmas athmosphere was already present. Ahmad asked us to sense the athmosphere and to be more present with our senses – he even asked us to smell the huge Christmas tree in front of us. The idea was to continue our poem, if there was something we wanted to express. Our last stop was at the freedom square, where our new Estonian friends gave us an insight to a history of this place. Again, we were asked to use this information as our inspiration for writing poetry. My experience with poetry walk was really positive, and I will definitely take part again. Poetry walk can work as a way to get in touch with your own creativity, which can be really fulfilling experience!"