Paper theater about addictions

Between 21-28 October we organized our last youth exchange this year, which covered the topic of addictions, including 5 behavioral addictions. The Youth Exchange attracted 42 participants from 6 countries, namely Spain, Latvia, Turkey, Slovakia, Croatia and Romania.

On the first day of the programme, participants got to know each other and the Erasmus+ programme type. They talked about their hopes, fears and contributions. The participants also prepared an agreement, a set of rules for the remaining days of the program. In the afternoon, they completed a Mission Impossible task that allowed them to get to know each other and the city a little better.

On the second day, they talked about addictions in general, compiled definitions of addictions in teams, and then watched an exciting TED video by Gábor Máté, related to the topic. The analysis of the video was followed by presentations by the representatives of participating countries, in which they presented national statistics and facts regarding addictions. In the afternoon, digital and work addiction were discussed, which were processed by the participants by creating a digital brochure.

On the third day, after the completion of the brochures, a guest speaker visited the team, namely Melinda Orbán, family therapist, who talked about addictions in an interactive workshop, and participants could also fill in a codependency test. In the afternoon, creative work took place again, as addictions related to eating habits and shopping were discussed by creating vision board.

On the fourth day, after finishing the posters, the team explored the region during an organized excursion. They visited Szejkefürdő, as well as the Salt Region, Praid and Korond. In these regions they could admire the famous and unique Szekler gates, the unique natural wonders of the Salt Gorge, and the special painted ceramic vessels of Korond.

The fifth day was full of work again. In the morning, the teams wrote slam poetry about travel addiction, and then received more information about the forms, use and history of paper theatre. Since the final product of the youth exchange was a paper theatre, the participants were again divided into teams and spent the afternoon planning and writing the story.

On the sixth day, after finalizing the story, they started drawing scenes, coloring, and at the end of the day they practiced for the high school presentation.

On the penultimate day of the program, in the morning, the teams visited the students of the Berde Mózes Unitarian High School and introduced them to 5 addiction paper theater stories as well as slam poetry. In the afternoon, school activity was evaluated.

On the last day, the Youthpass certificate, its significance and importance and the 8 key competences related to it were given a major role. After this future projects were discussed, and we closed the event with the Youthpass ceremony.

The program offered an opportunity to get to know different cultures and explore their traditional dances and tastes. The Youth Exchange took place within the framework of the Erasmus+ programme.