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"Don't be afraid to show your true colours"

"Don't be afraid to show your true colours"

After 7 days in the small Romanian town Milcoveni, the youth exchange of Erasmus + comes to an end. We take advantage, then, to share with you our learning and to thank the Mundus Association with all my heart for the opportunity.

Although this week has been left behind too soon, there have been many experiences that we take home.

We started the week explaining our relationship with the LGBTIQ + collective through artistic expression and the result was a work as heterogeneous as it was beautiful that included the full spectrum of possible emotions. This activity was followed by an exhibition about the situation of the collective in our countries, which made us even more aware of all the changes that still need to be introduced.

The next activity consisted of a "human library" in which some of us could share several chapters of our life in relation to the subject. It was without a doubt one of the most inspiring experiences.

We also learned the "forum theater" method, a very fun way to become aware of the great impact that our actions can have when it comes to ending situations of discrimination in our daily lives. After the last representation, we began a debate about the need to take a more active role in defending the rights of this minority (and of all in general), facing the fear of consequences.

We also had sessions about hate speech and from the 4th day we focused on the preparation of an event in Resita (a nearby city) whose main objective was the visibility of the group under the slogan "LGBTIQ + rights are human rights" and which had a performance, an informative stand and numerous artistic creations with messages in favor of respect for this minority.

Of course, there was no lack of intercultural nights, daily soups or free time talks that ultimately constitute the backbone of this transformative experience that usually occurs in this type of exchange. Nor was there a Carnival night where our beloved Greek companion Lala delighted us with her incredible acting and dance skills in an unforgettable drag performance.

Finally, the fact that the Spanish group has been so varied (not only in terms of place of residence but also in terms of experiences and way of life) has offered us a fantastic opportunity to continue opening our minds and eliminate prejudices.

Thus, although this project has lasted only one week, we can assure that its impact will last a lifetime.

youth exchange | Erasmus+ | Movilidad internacional | LGBTIQ+ | Rumanía |