A magical week with OAZA in the Erasmus Plus project Socially Inspired

Destiny, life, or whatever we want to call it, has led 6 young Spaniards to place ourselves in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, during the last two months of November and December. The OAZA association has already welcomed us as a partner in their Erasmus Plus project “Socially Inspired” in May and magic has not missed their appointment at any time. This experience leads us to want to share our experience with other young people and with the environment that surrounds us.

OAZA is a Croatian NGO whose main objective is to help young people to find their real motivations and encourages them to lead a more balanced way of life through the participation in projects and activities. With these premises, the Erasmus Plus “Socially Inspired” project seeks to add knowledge and experience on the principles of social entrepreneurship for those who are working with young people, in addition to equipping them with practical tools for their work in the field of education and social entrepreneurship. One of the most worked concepts was the “tree of life” dividing the activities into roots, trunk and crown.

Socially Inspired has allowed 29 young people from Croatia, Cyprus, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Portugal, Romania and Spain to meet in Zagreb to live for 7 days in a hostel, following a healthy and delicious diet, and enjoying a diverse environment in cultures and so motivational thanks to each of the guys who have been part of the project. We have met young people who carry out their own projects, others who express their ideas through art, graphic design or photography, and others who, from humility, desire a change of direction in their lives. This can only be an enriching experience for young people and the organizations that participate in this project.

During the project we had the opportunity to visit real examples of socially responsible companies such as Humana Nova, as well as sharing our impression about the state of social entrepreneurship, in each one of the partner countries, from the House of Europe in Zagreb. Hugo, Claudia, Hajar, Marina, Cristina and Javier (me) prepared a presentation about the spanish case and we enjoyed showing it to the rest of our colleagues.

From the Spanish group of Socially Inspired we wanted to share some testimonies and we hope that they will serve as a motivation for all those young people who consider traveling, finding new experiences and keep learning. Enjoy them!

“After this training course, I take home new international friendships, outstanding corners of Zagreb, useful knowledge I can use if I ever decide to set up a social business, creative ideas, really deep conversations, many pieces of advice (both received and sent), hilarious bursting into laughter moments, interesting discussions, excursions, games, positivism, good vibes and joy. But, above all, I take home the start of a new chapter of my life where both introspection and travelling will have the main roles”.
Marina Casas

“When you let yourself go where you should be, magic appears and things start to happen. My experience in Zagreb showed me the importance of focusing on what has been given to each of us, staying in the present and without losing the focus due to other external stimulus. It’s good to go out there, meet other people with curiosities and learn everything you can from them and from you. Sowing affection and kindness will be an action from which joys will always sprout. An international experience like the Erasmus Plus projects will not disappoint you “.
Javier Romero

“Thanks to the Training Course “Socially Inspired” I had the chance of getting to know wonderful people and create a network for future collaborations. I learnt more about good practices of social enterprises in Europe and I got inspired for creating new projects. I got to know more about how to organize training courses and ideas and tools for activities with youth. I had the chance to get in touch with the local community. And thanks to O.A.Z.A. I learnt more about healthy lifestyle. I got really motivated for continuing my education as a group facilitator and trainer. And now I am planning to collaborate with O.A.Z.A in a new European project”.
Cristina Faura

All we have to do now is saying thank you to Patrycja, Filip, Mile, Roberto, Andrea and the rest of the trainers and the OAZA team. In addition, we would like to thank the Spanish group for sharing their experiences, and Cristina and Marina who made a donation to Rubeum after the project. We hope you liked this article. See you in the next adventure!

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