As a part of the Erasmus + program, i.PEICC and his portuguese partner from the Associação Juvenil de Peniche permitted the realization of an intercultural exchange from 15 to 23 September 2017 in Peniche, Portugal. Below, the report from Axel, leader of the French team on the spot.
29 participants from 5 different countries to the capital of the portuguese waves, Peniche, that’s how begun the intercultural exchange “Creating Through europe”. The project aimed exchanges between France, Macedonia, Slovenia, Spain and of course Portugal through animations, games, busy workshop all around the immigrations and migrants theme.
In Peniche, the apprehension from the unknown and the language barrier errased in a few hours, the time for us to organize games and animations permitting participants to break the ice and get closer despite cultural differences. These differences easily transforms into similarities, the whole carried by a lot of activities. In particular, we had a treasure hunt in Peniche, permitting us to discover the city, sheltering a lot of surf spots and other surprises. The evening was the time for intercultural evenings were each country, one after an other, makes us discovers what represent the best of them wich could be dancing, songs, foods and a lot of little amusing stories. These highlights were nuanced by free-times usefull for integrations, visits and others adventures but also workshops on the migration theme. Workshops from Amnesty International, documentation on possibilities offered by Europe, roleplay in order to rethink society, creation of songs, paintings and theatre play and media project came enrich constructivity around the exchange. The visit of Óbidos, an authentic medieval village surrounded by remparts and rich in portuguese folklore was an amazing experience. Obviously, it was impossible to leave Peniche without trying the “superturbos”, waves who made the city famous and one reason among many for Peniche to host a part of the World Surf League events. After a few minutes in Atlantic’s cold water, suits and efforts make these moments incredible.
Concretely, amazing moment of exchange, sensation that differences between countries are only a barrier that we fix ourselves and that awareness around humanity and actuality theme like immigration, migrants or exchange programs made this trip a special adventure !