The first meeting of the project took place in Limassol Cyprus in the period 3-10 October 2010. First working visit to Cyprus under GRUNDTVIG PROJECT HOBBY AS INTEGRATING FACTOR OF EUROPEAN SOCIETY (HAIFES) October 2010Visit reportThe first working visit for Grundtvig Partnership project HAIFES has taken place in Limassol,Cyprus instead of Turkey because of the rejection the Turkish partner.16 participants (4 staff and 11 learners) from three approved institutions: from Poland, Romaniaand Cyprus has attended the meeting. A partner from Italy, although not awarded the Grundtviggrant, joined the meeting. The organization from Portugal couldn’t take part in the gathering dueto high travel expenses resulting from a short notice. Although not physically present, thecoordinator from Portugal was included in all discussions related to the project as we wereconnecting via Skype and on Facebook.The main objectives of the visit were the following:1/ Getting to know each other.2/ Presentations of each delegation.
3/ Clarifying the aims of the project, planning activities, methodology and time table of theproject4/ Reorganization of the project schedule and tasks due to rejection of many partners5/ Participation in cultural and educational activities such as visits to archeological and culturalsites (eg. Kykkos Monastery, Medieval Castle Museum, Omodos village, Lefkara Folk Museum)6/ Informal education during various workshops such as: dance improvisations, byzantine iconpainting, textile art and others7/ Initiation of virtual platform for exchange of experiences
The workshops held in the meeting exemplified beautiful integrative hobbies as an inspiration for the future activities of the partner organizations . Each presenter involved in the first working visit in Cyprus under HAIFES project showed his hobby witch sometimes became job.1) 1)Mariusz Dabrowski: a skilful, hard working, empathetic and dedicated Massage Therapist and enthusiastic world traveller. His passion sare unique body treatments that originate from different parts of the world.
He has travelled from East to West and climbed from North to South, discovered and bolted new climbing routes in many countries, built and operated high ropes and survival courses and worked extensively with disabled sportsmen. He has built my own climbing website and is also passionate about Tai Chi. (Mariusz gave us a presentation about different body treatments, taught us a few simple ways of giving massage to ourselves in order to decrease stress and regain wellbeing as well as presented photographs from his world wide journeys)2) Maryla Malinowska: Pedagogist, dance and movement therapist. Uses movement and dance as a tool for self expression and personal development. (she gave us dance and movement workshop)3) Tamara Yankevich: Business Trainer, HR-coach, NLP&Enneagram Trainer, personal development facilitator (she gave us presentation about communication)
4) Sylvia Braun: yoga instructor, holistic mind-body therapist, personal development coach and trainer, stress management coach (she gave us yoga workshop and taught us how to use breathing and gentle stretching in order to relax) 5) Menelaos Kyrou : iconographer, he studied Byzantine Iconography in Limassol at school of Mr. Akis Kyriakides in 2000-2004. Since 2004 he has been creating icon paintings either for churches or for his own collection and also FRESCO in Churches. Since 2007 he owns a work shop in Limassol where he teaches Byzantine Iconography to adult learners.1) He gave us lessons in an icon painting workshop.
1) 6)Christodoulos Christodoulu: adult learner who gave us a presentation of his hobbies: mountain climbing, diving, travelling and photography. His hobbies help him lead active life that gives him plenty of joy and satisfaction.
7)Eleonora Budur , the Romanian groupcoordinator showed her passion for knotted macramé.Results of the visit:
1/ Delegations have met personally and established good relationships and friendly interpersonalcommunication2/ A detailed plan for future actions has been created3/ The coordinators have introduced own institutions using modern ICT4/ The staff have exchanged experiences, good practices, methods used in adult education5/ A logo of the project has been created6/ A blog, google group and Facebook website for the project have been created as a platform forfurther exchange of experiences7/ The participants have learnt about Cypriot culture and traditional hobbies8/ The participants developed new interests through participation in various workshops9/ A traveling exhibition that presents achievements of the learners has been created (to bedeveloped throughout the project)10/ Various aspects of the visit have been evaluated with questionnaires