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Training course in Romania Value the Difference

“Value the difference” is the name of international project concentrated on the needs of visually impaired youngsters. It consists two fazes- training course and youth exchange.

The first part of the project –the training course was carried out between 3-rd and 11-th of November 2015 in Cluj-Napoca Romania. 24 was the number of the participants. They were youth workers, blind and partially sighted people aged between 21 and 35 years old. The training course gathered representatives of 5 countries- Romania, Belgium, Greece, Italy and Poland. VIEWS International sent a group composed by 4 people.

The first half of the training course was in the building of the local school for blind. There some of the participants had possibility to take in contact with disabled children for the first time.

Still the beginning of the project the youth workers, visually impaired and volunteers established very good connection between them. The excellent team spirit and the integration and the mixture of the different nationalities were the main characteristics of the whole project.

The organizers proposed various types of activities. Dancing workshop, tandem bike, gym session, games for discovering the secrets of Cluj-Napoca were only a small part of them. The international group also visited the salt mine in Turda city and a few museums. Blues fest also took place in the same week in the capital of Transilvania. So some of the participants had opportunity to listen to a nice music.

Definitely for the most of the sited people represented on tis training course the most valuable experience was all activities which were done with covered eyes. The participants had to prepare on their own a sandwich blind folded. They walked with white cane accompanied by someone. After that the people from the tandem changed their roles and the former guide became a guided ones.

During the second part of “Value the difference” the organizers offered of all 24 representatives of the five participating countries the chance to stay 3 days in the West Carpatian mountains. The group had a different funny sport activities like a rope pulling, jumping with the bags, tracking mountain. The last evening wonderful fire camp was produced by the international team spirit

The econd faze of the project “Value the difference” youth exchange will take place in January in Puronin Poland.