Report of the Preparation Weekend

 

Saturday January 2nd 2010:

10:00-10:20      Introduction speech by Bert Kisjes

10:20-10:40      Introduction to the project by Jelle

10:40-11:00      Walk around Wijk aan Zee

11:00-12:00      Tour at the sculpture park ‘Zee van Staal’ by Michiel Janssen

12:00-12:15      Walking back to Café de Zon

12:15-13:00      Lunch at Café de Zon

13.00-15.00      Presentation of the results of the local meetings by the local groups

15:00-17.00      Discussion about what will be the main themes of the documentary.

17:00-19.00      Free time

19:00                   Dinner at Café de Zon

20:00                                   Watching the documentaries Rêves de jeune (film made during the youth camp in Mellionnec last summer) and Être et avoir.

 

Sunday January 3rd 2010:

10:00-10:15      Introduction to the Youth in Action Programme by Lotte.

10:15-10:30      Explanation of the financial aspects of the project by Jelle.

10:30-12:30      Brainstorm in working groups about the themes. Making questions for interview.

12:30-13:30      Lunch

13:30-14:30      Brainstorm in working groups about the themes. Imagining the film.

16:00-16:30      Evaluation of the meeting

16:30-18:30      Free time

18:30                   Dinner with host families

Saturday

 

 Jelle gives short introduction, welcoming everyone and explaining what is going to happen today. 

Bert’s talk

Bert also welcomes everyone, and expresses his trust in us to make a film that we can be proud of. He decides to tell us something about his life and why he is in Wijk aan Zee. As a young child, he lived near the German border. Then he moved to a ‘backward’ house, even without electricity, with a school that was 20km away. This was a reason for his parents to move. Bert now sees this as a mistake, since his parents were not very happy in their new home. He went to university in Utrecht, a place that interested him very much. As a student, he took all opportunities to see more of the world. He got to travel a lot, which was not as easy as it is now. During the Cold War, he was able to study in Prague and made friends there. Later, he had a job in Utrecht, but something was not right. He wanted to have some survey, a way to get a better view on life. This caused him to move to Enkhuizen, in the countryside. He got involved in the local cultural centre, where he discussed public life, people that don’t know each other coming together and having fun. He made this is job. After a few years, it was enough, and after a long trip with his family, he moved to Wijk aan Zee, where he had a hotel, Sonnevanck, which also became a place for people to come together. Out of this, he developed Cultural Village. He is often asked why Cultural Village is not situated in a major city like Amsterdam. This is because, in contrary to the popular view, he feels that by being located in Wijk aan Zee, the project is much more free than in Amsterdam, where rapid expansion of the project would have made it spiral out of control. Comparison with dogs in Sonnevanck, only one at the time. The important lesson from this was that in a small community like WaZ, other things are possible than in the city. This is why he is very interested in the things that will come out of the project: what will we make of all this?

 

Jelle’s talk

Jelle explains the beginning of the project. Last year in March, partly from the Harvest project, it started. He expresses is experiences with the youth camps, especially the difficulty to explain this unique feeling to others. First, he thought to make a charter, and led everyone sign it, but a documentary seemed like a better way to tell the story. This started the ball (and now look at us!). He explains that the document he wrote some time ago is his view, and not the definite answer to the questions. Parts of this document were the idea that youth camps add a non-trivial thing to the process of growing up, and the important stimulation it provides for language learning. As it is impossible to write a film script with 20 persons, we will be divided into groups and answer a set of questions, that we will all discuss together.

 

Ströbeck

After the emails with the invitation, we’ve been searching for people for a meeting. This happened on the 19th of December. We also wanted a meeting for the people who went to the youth camps before, but nobody came, so we did us ourselves. We mainly thought about what we can show in the village of Ströbeck. As you know Ströbeck is the chess village. The most important will be the chess square, along with the chess tower and the Europe garden, where all the participating countries have a tree in the map of Europe. The church is also quite important, as you always see it when entering the village, by any road. So perhaps we can film a few shots of the church while entering the village. There exists also a living chess group, with young people from the village. The chess festival could also be nice (end of May), with the chess tournament. On many houses, there is a chess board painted on the outside, this could also be a nice image. The Eastern Mountain provides a good view on the village. In our school, there are also chess lessons, which could be filmed.

Regarding the people to interview, we can take everyone who has been to a youth camp.

Regarding things to explain, I think we should first explain the concept of Cultural Village, the twelve countries etc. For me the youth camp is the most important part of the project, but it is always very hard to explain (Lotte: yes that is the point) (Jelle: things like the clash of cultures are always difficult to understand for other people who didn’t went to the camp, we should try to explain that.

kilingi nomme

We sent the questions to other persons to, but only one person returned the answer, so we only have a few opinions. We also discussed the other questions: places to film in Estonia may be saunas, forests (very important to us, as we are surrounded by forests), things in our village like the school and church. I think it would be better to come in the winter because of the snow. For the interview it would be best to pick Maris (small) and Emilia, but the latter will need translation, as she doesn’t speak fluent English.
For the Harvest project, it is important to note that the Youth Camps helps to remove stereotypes. For me, and also for other Estonians, it brought Europe closer to us: we are far north, and travel is always expensive, but when you know persons in each country it helps a lot. Traveling in other countries gave us courage to travel and to speak to other nationalities; it encouraged us to study abroad.
For the future of the youth camp, we would like the people who are too old for the youth camp to have an ”in-between camp”, as we don’t have much to talk about with the older people. We should promote the camps more in the villages. Maris recommends that if the project expands, we should engage more eastern countries or perhaps Norway, countries with a lot of tradition (Lotte: at the ending conference in Denmark, everyone agreed that the youth camp is very important, and the problem of the people who are too old for the youth camps and how to get them into the organization, we should think about this)

Jelle asks how the perception of Europe in faraway countries like Estonia has changed. Erki says that as the view they had of Europe was mostly based on images on television, it contained a lot of stereotypes, but now that they know more people in the countries, that has improved. Jelle says that it is not very strange, as having stereotypes is a natural way to handle foreign countries. Lotte says that Estonia is perhaps a difficult country to get an image of. Piia says that someone asked her if Estonia was independent.

 

mellionnec

Marie says that they are not actually from Mellionnec, and that we should not only film in Mellionnec but also in the little villages around it. Lucie notes that by meeting foreign people, one realizes the importance of learning, for example, English, as it is actually used, and not only studied. Marie says that it is nice to visit other places, and to be actually received as a guest and learn their ways. Lucie says that it is really nice to have a town in every country where you will always be welcome. She also says that when you do get back from another country, you look at your own culture in a different way and view your life from another point of view. When you return from a youth camp, there is always a great urge to travel more.

Regarding the future of the youth camps, we think we need to do exactly the same again. We don’t think it is necessary to organize separate camps for the ‘middle group’ as they are old enough to travel by themselves. The youth camp should be for providing opportunities to travel for young people, who didn’t do it before. Also, it is much harder to entertain 25-years old. (Lotte: do you think that the transition of 25-years-old to the older generation role goes naturally? Marie thinks so.) We think that it is better to film people during the camp, not before and after.

 

wijk aan zee

I am not from Wijk aan Zee, I am Gijs Molenaar. I have been to the Youth Camp six times, starting with the second, from 17 to 23. Before I joined the youth camp, I thought Europe was all quite the same. Now I know that there are quite big differences, in culture and temper. I think it is important to meet people who are different from you, and to get an idea of what the European Union really is. Because of the camps, I have become much more internationally oriented. Back in 2005, I went on a half-year tour around all the villages. While the book I intended to write about it never did finish, I still have a very large amount of memories about that, so you could always ask. Also, I tried to put up a website for young people to meet, to share ideas and photos and such. (Lotte notes that the Estonian website guy can perhaps open a youth part on the Cultural Village website) Gijs thinks the current website isn’t much, but making it better might require some money and upset some people.

About the continuation for the current generations: I also think that there shouldn’t be a new youth camp. But to initiate the next phase for them, we need to be aware that the older people are not really inclined to ask the young people for help, personally I was never ever called by someone from Cultural Village to do something, although young people have enough time to help. The youth camp should have a good mix between ‘party-party’ and learning.

 

 

 

Porrúa

I tried to contact other people who have been to camps, but they are not in Porrúa anymore. I have been to every camp Porrúa has been to, but I think I should not talk too much about the other people who came, as most of them where not really from Porrúa. The young people of Porrúa are not at all interested in traveling or the youth camps. I tried to speak to them about it, but they don’t want to discuss it: they are happy in Porrúa and want to stay there their whole life. I think the problem is mainly the language: most people can’t speak a word of it. (Lotte remembers Alba, who also didn’t speak a word, but wanted to learn; we could communicate with her).

About the documentary: I think we should film the school. We are all in the same class, there are only 20 to 30 persons in one school and there is only one teacher. That would be interesting to see.

 

Palkonya

As nobody wanted to help me, I brought my own ideas. We have the same problems as in Porrúa: Palkonya is a very closed community. The older people in the youth camp are quite good in languages and meeting foreign people, but the young people still have a lot of difficulties with language and not eating goulash. When we organized the youth camp, it was mainly the older people, but it could also be the young people.

In Palkonya, most of the older people are working, for example making wine, and the young people are very artistic; every week there is an art class where we make paintings and pots. Next to the river there is a wooden structure, where young people come in summer to be together and make fire. Somebody told me that it would be good to make youth camps with special topics, so we can get the people from the villages who are interested in those topics to the camps. This would make it easier to find people to go there. (Gijs says that in England there are only old rich people in the village. For the camp there was a company hired to make a ‘production’ with music and sound, which cost a lot of money, but sitting in front of computers all day is no fun) There are a lot of people who had a very big change in their life due to Cultural Village, one of them is Pako… She studied in Denmark, and now works for the European Union with young people. The young people who went to Mellionnec also had a very big change, we should interview them but with a translator, as they don’t speak a lot of English. (Jelle says that the idea of making something together really adds something to the experience of the camp. It might be tough with the languages, but when you hear that even the people who didn’t speak a lot had a really great time, it proves that it helps to have a topic) (Lotte says that it would be interesting to interview Arni, who made drawings for the film, as he had a good time but found the language difficult) (Jelle thinks that Anne is planning to organize a camp in Mellionnec with a team every year) (Lucie thinks that it is very important to organize a camp with everyone, and not only with the host country) (In May, there will be a preparation weekend in Kircheim)

The difficulty of the languages in the movie is discussed, it is asserted that we need to film the documentary in original languages and subtitle it in every language.

 

 

 

Kirchheim

Caroline and Petra from Kirchheim give a short presentation of the program for this summer’s youth camp

. For the program we have a title: ‘It’s no shame living on the countryside’. We will make a fictive village, that is formed by everyone’s ideas on what the ideal village should look like. We also want to show that in a village you can also access the same things as in the village and to determine what kind of things people need to make them stay in the village. We will also go ski-jumping, sleep in the hay on a farm once, do traditional dances, recycling things, do a lot of workshops, and go to the mountains. We also have an airport which maybe can be used for parachute jumping (?).

We think it is very important for people to stay in Kirchheim. Interesting places are the church and the new meeting hall, which is built especially for Cultural Village.

For the future of the youth camps, we think that it is not a problem to keep providing young people. The orchestra is also important in the village, everyone participates in it.

Lucie thinks that it would be good to show people who are about to go to a youth camp and did not do so before.

Paxos

Content of the powerpoint of Pepi and Marina:

Themes of the film

  1. City is not necessary for European experiences
  2. Better way to understand what is Europe
  3. Meetings with people from villages gives in a better way the differences between cultures- lives in cities are almost everywhere the same
  4. Europe is so close finally
  5. Understanding of different cultures and people of foreign countries
  6. New friends
  7. Travel abroad – maybe for first time
  8. It’s not only tourism but true knowledge from inside
  9. Good reason for learning foreign languages
  10. Better knowledge of our own culture
  11. We realize our own position in the world
  12. Living in a village has now value


Actors =
the participants in the youth camps for the first time till now

Music = each village could suggest something that represents its country –not necessarily traditional

Places = each participant could choose the place  depending of what he wants to emphasize to

Story = we could choose the themes and then for each one we could have pictures and participants to speak from each village about the same theme each time

Pepi’s speach

As camps, they have all the positives that campsites in Greece have: socializing, making friendships, obtaining team spirit and discipline to rules that are necessary in co-living, resting, having fun etc.

As a trip, it has all the positives of travelling: changing of images and surroundings, meeting new places, young people etc.

As an event, however, within the institutional framework of the cultural villages, it has some dimensions which no other camp or trip can offer.

Our children had to use their knowledge of English to communicate. Thus, they realized, maybe for the first time, that they need to study more in order to conquer this language, which is necessary nowadays more to be able to work with in the future.

They saw what different culture, different mentality and way of thinking mean, they learn to accept “the different”,

To realize their own image, to learn another way of living, to see what needs to change or be preserved in their own life.

They learn about what their European friends study and in what way, what interests they have, and in this way our children are motivated to study or spend their free time creatively.

They have a home, an open door to welcome them in all these villages where life relationships are created.

Mostly, they learn and realize that are not the only ones who live in a village, far away from the cities that are considered the centre of life. They learn to appreciate the gift that is called life and to find its value where their own people live. They understand that they are themselves responsible for their life wherever they are and that the quality in their life depends on their own actions. They don’t expect from others but they, on their own, give motives to themselves to continue living in their home place.

After Pepi’s speech there is a discussion about the communication. It is asserted that one of the major, if not the biggest problem of Cultural Village is the lack of clarity. Not a lot of people in the villages know what is going on within the association or are even aware of it. We think that the older people should communicate better with the young people, who can access the modern means of communication like Facebook etc. An improved internet site can also be very valuable.

 

Wijk aan Zee

  • The goal of the documentary should be to explain to everyone what is so special about the youth camp, the very same feeling that is so hard to explain in words.
  • We tried to write down things about the youth camps that we wanted to show. The list turned out to be very long, containing feelings and experiences, but in the end we found five themes which we felt captured the essence of what we tried to say.
  1. Language, in more than one way. Of course, international interaction is good for your language ability, especially in providing the confidence to speak another language than your own. Also, hearing friends speak their own language makes you eager to learn it.
  2. Being received as a guest in a village, not as a tourist. This makes the experience of a village and a country a lot more valuable, as it gives rise to deeper and more personal connections to the places you visit and the people who live there.
  3. A broadening of your horizon. When you get to know foreign people, you learn about their culture. This also forces you to think about your own life, as they will be surprised at certain aspects of it, you can look at your own country through the eyes of others. Making friends also invites to travel, and broadens your ideas about your possibilities.
  4. Gut (like courage, but different). It takes a certain amount of gut to sign up for a youth camp: you need to trust your hosts for taking good care of you, yourself for being able to communicate in different languages with people who have different habits and ideas than your own. By doing a lot of things that are new and perhaps also difficult, you will grow as a person.
  5. Working towards European unity. While the European Union is in paper already a very good idea, and while businesses may notice its effect immediately, for individuals it can be a very distant and meaningless organization. We feel that the youth camps provide an opportunity to bring the ideals and ideas of the European Union in practice: you make friends in all countries and you learn their ways, you are invited to travel and learn languages, you start to shake off the familiar perceptions and judgements about other, especially foreign, people.

 

We also liked the idea of having art in the film, maybe drawings and such.

Marina asks how we are going to combine the separate parts of the movie. Jelle says that in order to make the movie not too chaotic, we could take three people and film their daily life, ask them about their expectations and their life now. This is then combined with people from other villages: the main characters ‘introduce’ the subjects and the others follow on them. Gijs notes that there also exists video material from other youth camps (we will film in Kirchheim), especially Aldeburgh. Pepi says that the meanings in the film must be understandable; Gerben thinks that the added use of language can help with this.

 

Marie’s script talk

First, Marie notes that we should also think well about the sound: there is not only the eyes, but also the ears. She says that the points she wanted to make are already mentioned.

 

Richie asks Jelle to expand on his ‘three-people’ idea.

Richie asks what audiences we have in mind. Lotte says that we mainly want to tell the story to people who are unfamiliar with the youth camps, for example the older people of Cultural Village, but also people who are totally unconnected with Cultural Village. This is a very broad and thus very difficult group. We should not make a childishly simple film, but it should be understandable. The best way, according to Jelle, is to film people before the youth camp, during, and after. This is also the easiest idea. What happens to the people on the youth camp will probably be the most accessible part.

We want to make a film that is fun to watch, and is engaging. There are of course problems with all ideas, like the amount of people we need to interview: more people means more material and more confusion, but then again, they are likely to answer in a similar way.
Gijs notes that the European Union should also be an important part of the audience, as it is the most important financer and in part responsible for it. We discuss this, it is asserted that the European Union is part of the ‘unfamiliar’ audience: if it is understandable to someone who is unfamiliar with Cultural Village, and we follow the broad lines above, it should be good for them.
Jelle tells about the planning of the production. Richie notes that filming Estonia in snow will be difficult in June.

result of saturday

Themes of the movie

Culture

Learning the cultures of other villages better, and being forced to define your own.
The evolution of stereotypes
Understanding different cultures, instead of just reading or learning about them

Doing traditional dances or other things with local people

Europe/travel

The youth camps are worth the money the EU spend on them
Seeing in practice that the European Union is not only for big businesses

Discovering that Europe is much closer and smaller than you thought before

Experience that you can be abroad as a guest, not only as a tourist

Knowing people and having a place to stay in many countries in Europe

Learning to travel without a lot of money: you can travel, even if you’re not very rich

Seeing that everybody is actually quite the same as you are, but also different (It is a bit general, maybe)

The notion of borders in Europe: cultural, language

Personal

You want to travel after you return from a camp
Experiences of the people after they went to a youth camp: what changed for them?

The gut/courage to make contact with people you don’t know

Comparison with people who have not been in youth camps

Appreciate the life in a village for which we are responsible, and we can change it any time we want

Making new friends: the hospitality of strangers

Languages

 Language: being more eager to learn languages, seeing the practical use of the things you learn in school

Sunday

Lotte’s Presentation (youth in action/ youthpass)

Lotte tells about the youth in action programme. The Youth in Action programme funds and supports European projects for young people aged between 13-30 years old. The programme aims to develop a sense of personal responsibility initiative, concern for others, civic participation and active involvement among young people at local, national and European level. The programme will also help to improve support systems for youth activities.

She also tells about the youth pass. She will follow a course about the youth pass in February.

jelle’s presentation (budget of the project)

Jelle explains the budget of the project that you can see below. 

Budget of the project
LUMPSUMS(OVERALL COSTS)

Preparation

1000

Promotion

1000

Local travelling costs

300

Evaluation

1000

Administrational costsTotal:

200

3500

SPECIFIED COSTS

Production costs:30 DV tapes of 4 euro a piece – 120 euroPressing and printing of 250 DVD’s of 3 euro a piece – 750 euro60 T-shirts with print for participating youth of 10 euro a piece– 600 euro

Costs for editing of the movie – 1500 euro

Rent of camera plus insurance – 600 euro

 

 

 

 

 

 

3570

RentRent of hall for presentation evenings in 12 villages – 150 euro x 12 – 1800 euro(incl. rent of beamer and small food and drinks) 

Beverages

Food and drinks on travelling days of 18 euro a person a day – 1368 euro

(76 days*persons)

 

Living costs during the editing of the movie of 10 euro a day a person- 1120 euro

 

 

  1800

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(4 persons and 28 days)Living costs during our visit to the villages – 3960 euro 

 

Costs during the Advanced Planning Visit – 1210 euro Travels

7658

Travelling costs Advanced Planning Visit – 3200 euro

11215

International Travelling costs (100%) – 8015 euro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

27.743

results of sunday

Personal

 

Questions

Before

  1. What do you expect of the youth camp? Do you know what’s going to happen?
  2. Are you afraid of speaking other languages? To travel without family?
  3. What are you going to discover? (Country, habits)
  4. What do you think about Austria (or another country)? Food, people
  5. Do you have friends in other countries?
    Yes, how did you meet them? Are you still in contact with them?
    No, do you want to have friends in other countries and why?
  6. How do you feel about meeting people from other countries?
    What do you think about differences and similarities?
  7. How do you expect to change during the youth camp?
  8. Do you think you will be travelling after the youth camp?
  9. How will you prepare for your trip?
  10. If somebody is going to ask you about your village, what are you going to tell them?
  11. How do you feel living in a village and not in a city? Are you planning to stay in a village?

 

After

  1. How much did the expectations you had about the youth camp came true?
  2. What do you discover you were not expected for?
  3. Which difficulties did you have?
  4. Questions 3, 4 and 5
  5. Which relation did you keep with people you met?
    Out of the Y.C.? How are you going to communicate?
  6. How do you compare your friendships from the youth camp and in your village?
  7. Did you appreciate something more/different when you came back in your village?
  8. What did you learn or discover about yourself?
  9. How were you received? Where did you sleep? What did you do?
  10. Can you describe what you prefer? Why?
  11. What did the youth camp change in your plans/projects?

 

Illustrations

 

  • The play or the photos: illustrations of the stereotypes that people have of the other country by a play, or by a succession of photos of the clichés that we have that could be a more neutral illustration than a play.
  • Draw of the expectations of the News about the YC that is coming to happen
  • The interview has to be done in places that are important for the people that are speaking.
  • A frame of someone that is leaving the house for the YC.
  • Confrontation of the persons at the first meeting and at the last one
  • Showing people during the activities, but also during the meals, the sport time, the cooking or the teeth washing time: community moment.
  • A frame of someone writing a diary, or an interview of something like that………………..
  • Interviews of the news before and after the YC
  • An interview of someone that is not paying attention to the camp, or who don’t want to go, and asking this person about its reasons.
  • Asking a lot of people to give ONE word about the YC’s experience, and we can make a screen full of these words.
  • Illustrate with a map the idea that people are travelling away a very short time after the YC

 

Travelling

 

Questions

 

  • The youth camps are worth the money EU spends on them
  • Why do you think the EU should spend money on the youth camp?
  • How do you think the money is best spent?
  • Seeing in practice that the EU is not only for big businesses
  • How do you personally experience the EU?
  • Did the youth camp change your idea of EU?
  • Do you want to work in an other country of Europe?
  • Discover that Europe is much closer and smaller than you thought before?
  • In what countries have you been?
    What countries do you want to see after?
  • What motivates you to go to these countries?
  • Did cultural village motivate you to travel?
  • What do you thing about traveling in EU?
  • How did your idea of Europe changed after youth camp?
  • Are you less afraid to travel alone?
  • Experience that you be abroad as a guest not only as a tourist
  • Where did you stay during the youth camp?
  • How did the local tread you?
  • What kind of impression did you get from the local people (that you have met in the village(s) that you have been)?
  • How did it change your naive stereotype point of view you had of the people?
  • What do you see as the difference as being in a youth camp and visiting a country as a tourist?
  • Knowing people and having a place to stay in many countries in Europe
  • Did you visit any new EU friends after the youth camp?
  • Do you want to visit your new EU friends?
  • What new EU friends do you want to visit?
  • Why?
  • What do you think about the villages and people where you have been?
  • Learning to travel without a lot of money: you can travel even if you’re not very rich?
  • Was it possible for you to visit a village without financial support?
  • Is life too expensive for you in some of the European countries?
  • Seeing that everybody is actually quite the same as you are but also different
  • Are the young people you met in camps very different than local young persons?
  • What was the biggest cultural difference between the people that you have seen?
  • What surprisingly similarities did you encounter?
  • The notion of border in Europe: cultural, language
  • How did your opinion of your own home village changed after the youth camp?

 

Illustrations

 

  • Gijs : Interview about his experience after the YC, about his personal trip in all Europe and also about the “failed” experience of the European Tour
  • Interview of people who were in the first few camps that are now about 26_27 and hear about their traveling desire after the YC
  • Europe Tour : asking the members about this experience, and the differences with the YC organization ( the ways to travel and to work together)
  • Karin KUUN: the Estonian girl who came in Rennes to study. It could be good to find her for an interview.

 

 Culture

 

Questions

 

  • In which cultural events have you participated?
  • What is typical for your culture?
  • How has YC changed your vision on your own culture/value?
  • What is your role in the cultural live of your village?
  • Can you give us some examples of experiences of the different cultures that you’ve learned about?
  • What did you learn about other cultures during youth camp?
  • In what way was the YC another experience than regular vacation?
  • What kind of stereotypes did you have: before YC? How and when did it change?
  • What are the differences between your cultural experiences at school and YC?
  • How has YC changed your interest for other cultures?
  • What is culture for you?
  • Why is culture so important?

 

Illustrations

 

  • Traditional dances (voice over)
  • Daily lives: go for a coffee, work (fishing, farmers, many things…), breakfast…….. Stereotypes?
  • Experience the culture from the inside, bakery, cooking, picking olives….
  • Campfire, people from different countries chatting in their own kind of English. Communication!
  • Concentrate the time in the camp on two or three persons for who it is the first trip.

 

Don’t ask the questions, only the answers: the one that is doing the interview is never show, like a voice over, or the question is not even use.

 

Technical ideas

 

  • Film something that is in the daily life (but representative of the culture) and talk with him.
  • Film in place that traditional activities are happening. For example in the room that are dancing, singing.
  • Film a second person in the background (like a parent cooking).

 

The language

 

The questions

 

  • Do you think you can communicate well without speaking languages?    If yes, how can you do this communication? 
  • What do you feel when you realize you can’t communicate?  What do you think others feel for you if you are not able to communicate? 
  • How do you see the communication in YC will be? 
  • After the YC, how did the YC change your mind about European communication? 
  • Do you have an experience that people changed their mind about their capacity of speaking languages? 
  • Are you still in contact with people you met in the YC?  In what way do you communicate? 
  • How the youth camp affected you in choosing languages courses in school? 
  • What are the differences between learning languages at school and in YC? 
  • Did you find limits in communication in a foreign language? (Feelings, expressions, idioms, culture….) 
  • In what way your knowledge in languages motivate you to participate or not to an YC? 
  • Before the YC what was the best way to learn a language? If you decided to learn a new language how are you thinking is the best way to learn it? 
  • In what way do you think this confrontation with foreign languages in the YC can influence your future professional life? 
  • How did language influence your participation in activities in the YC? 
  • In what way the YC helped you to realize that you speak well a language and start speaking without the fear of making mistakes?

 

Illustrations

 

Images IDEA:

  • a frame of an “ex” young in front of his computer speaking/chatting with other ex that are still in contact with him
  • sequence of people trying to communicate in “other” ways like the “hand and foot” language or the draw way
  • sequences of the first meetings and of the last ones
  • sequence of the sculpture’s workshop
  • someone in the middle of his/her note books and school books or private lessons

 

 

Ideas of people that we can interview:

  • Marianne
  • Arni : a guy that is not speaking a word of English and that is able to communicate
  • The News (about 5 or 6) : before and after the camp, and the idea is the group of Paxos and to have interview during one of their preparation meetings with Pepi
  • Saule : the Spanish guy who think that he speaks about 8 languages