On the second day of the Training Course, participants played the City Game in 3 groups. Each group had creative tasks linked to the seniors and society, Lithuanian history and culture. To successfully complete their mission each group had one and half hours and they had to interact with their environment as well as with the dwellers of the city. The most creative and funny pictures taken during the game can be seen below.
Workshop on generations
We had an interesting workshop led by a psychologist about what are the stages of life, what tasks we need to accomplish in order to sustain ourselves and live a healthy and meaningful life. A big part of the workshop was dedicated to the differences between different generations. A generation is a group of people born around the same time and raised around the same place. People in this “birth cohort” exhibit similar characteristics, preferences, and values over their lifetimes. It was interesting to discover what generation Baby boomers, X, Y, Z and Alpha means and to learn more about the ways how to communicate between each other.
Each country team had to prepare to present the current situation of seniors in their country as well as to find some initiatives that are being implemented in order to help seniors to better adapt to the process of ageing and involve them more into social activities. Here are some moments from the presentations:
Guest speaker: Coolūkis
Here are some moments of our amazing guest speaker Austė Černiauskaitė who presented us all about the organization which helps people who want to garden and those who have a place for it find each other and collaborate. Q lot of seniors are sharing their gardens and this is a perfect way to meet others by doing something together! Participants were happy to hear the story and were also thinking about starting something similar back in their countries.
You can learn more about the organisation here: http://www.coolukis.lt/
If you like the idea, like their facebook page for some news: https://www.facebook.com/coolukis/
Would you like to join? You can contact Austė directly: https://www.facebook.com/austecer
After the presentation we decorated some flower pots to present them as gifts to our senior friends in elderly house that we later visited. A small act of kindness can bring a lot of joy! We not only made the pots, but also wrote some inspirational messages-letters to each in both our national languages and in Lithuanian.
Every morning and in before the sessions we had a great time doing some energizers which helped to boost our lever of energy and prepare our mind for the next activities!
Bingo is a popular game amongst seniors in many countries (well, except Lithuania 🙂 ) that’s why we decided to try it ourselves! We have changed the rules a bit: instead of numbers we filled the grid with different statements related to seniors like “What song represent you a senior?” or “What was that you’ve learned from a senior?”. You can find the full grid of questions on the bottom of website (Project’s schedule, activities and material).
We mingled around, trying to find someone who could confirm the statement or answer the question and when we finished, of course, we shouted “Bingo”! Take a look at some moments from the game:
Preparation for the dance event
We were very excited to prepare for the biggest event of the week – dancing folk dances – which was open to public and was held next to the Kaunas Castle. We were promoting our event in elderly houses & day centre, posted it on Facebook as well: https://www.facebook.com/events/440232116479330/
First of all, we all needed to learn to dance traditional dances of each country ourselves. Look at some moments from our rehearsals:
“Dance with a granny” event
Activities together with seniors in “Kauno kartų namai”
One of the main reasons for our youth exchange was not only to gain knowledge about seniors and share our experiences, but also to try new different ways how can we spend quality time together with elderly. We definitely succeeded to do so in “Kauno kartu namai” where we organised a few activities with seniors: we were baking pies (mmm, they were delicious), singing traditional songs from our countries (seniors also joined and sung a traditional Lithuanian song for us!) and danced folk dances from the previous day – a lot of beautiful moments to brighten the day of people living in elderly house. However, it didn’t go one way, it was a priceless experience for youngsters as well.. It was clearly seen how important for older people is to be heard, to be seen, and to be involved. They are the same persons as we are and this intergenerational dialogue gave us a lot to think about!
Visit the website of elderly home: http://www.kartunamai.lt/
This is the time for us to share our culture, history, food and uniqueness. In this project, every country had a very original way to do so. For example, Latvians shared their Baltic roots by inviting us to join for some of the pagan traditions, Polish team invited us to join them for a family reunion dinner, Lithuanians threw a traditional wedding. We had a great time learning from each other and celebrating diversity!
Take a look at some moments from other activities of our youth exchange:
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