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ACT - Training Seminar

usbngo 14 Nov 2017

This past week, myself and the other members of the ACT project as well as Mafalda, a member of EVS team of USB, took part in a four day training exercise orchestrated by our USB team and held at the old FIX factory. These seminars were part of preparing ourselves for work on the frontlines of the refugee crisis in Northern Greece. The four days covered teambuilding and what to expect from working with refugees as well as basic photography and videography training.

 The first thing that struck me as I walked through the dusty courtyard of FIX was the place itself. It was definitely not what I was expecting and, although it had nothing to do with the actual training, it was a great way to start. The old factory had been taken over and adapted into a fun, refreshing environment with a cafe and even a stage with a bar set up in front of it. The venue also hosted several volunteers in a small accommodation building. From these volunteers we met Antonio who would be taking part in the training with us.

 After exchanging pleasantries with our USB teams and introducing ourselves to Antonio, we got started with training. Our first day focused on how we worked as a team and how prepared we were to deal with people from different socioeconomic backgrounds as well as different cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The exercises were structured in a way that showed us a different point of view rather than just telling us what do and what will happen. This method of learning is much more effective and was a welcome change from the school-like classroom learning we were all used to. Having been living with the other members of ACT for almost a month at this point we already gelled well as a team but the team building activities were still good as they helped break the ice with Antonio and also strengthened our bonds.

The second day was based around similar motives and taught in mostly similar ways. This isn’t to say that it wasn’t a worthwhile experience as well though. It was on this day that we bonded with several unexpected members of our team: kittens. A family of stray cats had taken up residence in FIX some time ago and were very pleased to have some new friends.

After the first two days our focus shifted slightly and we took a more serious look at the refugee crisis and how it’s affected Europe and, specifically, Greece. We faced more facts and statistics than on the other two days which only helped develop our knowledge in this field. We looked at the work that our USB teams had done in a, now closed, refugee camp that was based in Thessaloniki. The more realistic and analytical approach to the situation helped show us how dire it really was.

Our final day was a step back from the refugee crisis and more of a look at media campaigns for raising awareness. We started the day off working with photography and the benefits of viral advertising and ended it off with a focus on video. Though these mediums aren’t specific to the refugee crisis, they will no doubt be useful in campaigns based around integration and raising awareness.

In summation the week was a resounding success. Given the short timescale, we learned a great deal. The alternative teaching styles worked very much to the benefit of our USB teams and ourselves. We came away from our time at FIX with a wealth of knowledge and a host of new experiences and Antonio, Camilla, Caroline, Dina, Mafalda, Rhianna and I are all very happy with the experience.


Το παραπάνω άρθρο ανοίκει σε μέλος της ομάδας του ACT. Το πρόγραμμα συγχρηματοδοτείται από το Ευρωπαικό πρόγραμμα Erasmus+.


ACT - Training Seminar
ACT - Training Seminar
ACT - Training Seminar
ACT - Training Seminar


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