Now is the time for our fourth meeting with our project partners in this Erasmus collaboration: Inspired by health. And we are in my hometown: Lund. Here we will focus on non-profit engagement and volunteering: We rise by lifting others. We are going to meet people who work as volunteers. We will study how the non-profit engagement has changed over time and discuss how it may look in the future. We will see the films the students have prepared at their respective schools about how the non-profit engagement looks in their home towns. And a lot more…. Why don’t you join us and reach out to people near you and ask if they need help with something? Or just give them a smile and wish them a ”Good day”?
A few weeks ago we came home to a rainy Lund from sunny Valencia, where we had been at our third transnational meeting. The focus this time was on mental health and we really feel uplifted and well-being. Valencia proved from his best side.
We have learned Spanish, eaten churros and been guided in the old part of the city. We have had a try on laughing yoga, tai chi, samba, mindfulness and pilates. We have stressed down by working with crafts, played games, watched short stories, told stories for each other and managed to get out of Escape Room. We have cycled through the city and walked through parks. Vi have visited the science museum and oceanografic. We have competed in Crazy Olympic Games. And, of course, we have eaten paella. Some of us took a swim in the ocean while others wondered if we were really healthy. We laughed at ourselves when we watched the movies we recorded about the pre-conceived notion that exist about us.
When it was time for the closing ceremony and the award of the diploma, both the school principal and the local politician emphasized that projects like ours are important for the future: our young people are not likely to start war and conflicts with their friends in others countries in EU. And if they return to Valencia, they always have a hospitable family to visit.
And we think they will return…
Muchas gracias to our host families! Muchas gracias to the team of teachers: Dany, Nacho, Pilar, Pablo, Jitka, Nacho, Rosa, Salva och Irene! Muchas gracias to the rest of the school, school administrations and principal! Kiitjos paljon to Annukka, Tarja och Elina! Vielen dank to Gabriele and Günther!
We long for May when you are coming to our university town Lund and were ”We rise by lifting others”. Here´s a small taste of what´s waiting for you.
Åsa and Tina