The project “Media Creator #3: Photo & Video” has finished and is as great as the first two parts:
As a result of the third phase we have:
- 30 outstanding Media Creators
- 6 video movie productions
- 30 photo portraits
- 30 much more refined Facebook and Instagram profiles
- High class consultancy reports and creative CVs made with Prezi, WordPress, Resume Builder, Video and Canva tools
- Thousand of photos
- Unemployement campaigns
- Self-branding campaigns
- 25 discovered strong Personal Brands on the streets of London, 5 children go to know what branding is, 35 people received compliments about their offline branding
- 30 pitches
- 35 cups made
- 30 people experienced Holy Herma
- 30 creativity circles
- 35 secret and public, but well bonded friends from 7 countries: United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Greece, Romania, Italy, Poland and Lithuania
- 7 strong partnerships: Brno Connected (Czech Republic), Synergy Flow (Greece), Break the Couch (Greece), Synergy Romania (Romania), EUROSUD (Italy), Europe4Youth (Poland), Inovatyvi Karta (Lithuania)
Videos by Media Creators
Testimonials by Abroadship’ers
Jitka (UK): “This exchange was so intense with so many activities and things going on! I have met so many talented and kind people that were also very humble and willing to share their experience and skills with others. I have clarified my attitude towards my personal self- branding as well as some goals I want to achieve and why. I have also been given a valuable feedback concerning public speaking and I tested my organisational and leadership skills. I was introduced to some programs such as Adobe Lightroom and Premier Pro that I have never used before and got sooo many tips on other programs and applications which I want to try now.”
Dovydas (Lithuania): “Till the very end of deadline to accept chance, to attend Media Creator project, I was not sure will I fit for this project. I didn’t have confidence to share my knowledge about media creating. Basically because of the fact, that I was really strict for my lack of information to media creating skills. But I use motto – better to try and regret, than not to try and regret. So that what I did and I accepted possibility to be part of Media creator.
From the start of the project I felt that my journey with media started just after arrival to London. From the first day every participant and facilitator from different countries were approachable and happy to answer my questions related with media. The amazing group of people helped me to improve myself as media creator and personality. We had amazing practical media workshops about how to use software programs. Also we built many self branding videos and photos. I feel that now I am able to create more professional media. And most important I know where I have to improve myself as media creator and brand. For me it is most important and I will start to improve that part of me as soon as possible. So thanks to all team and keep doing this;)”
Angeliki (Greece): “I was engaged with public speaking, i improved my english, i engaged non- formal education, i practised photo and video making, i prepared workshops, i experienced work building, i learned about other cultures. ”
Thanasis (Greece): “This project from abroadship for me was a life changing experience.I learnt many things, that i will keep them in my head and try to improve them. This project helped me a lot to be more confident and a much happier person. Thanks a lot for everything.”
Gabrielė (Lithuania): “At first I was thinking if a project about photo and video is going to be interested for me because I’m not a professional photographer or if I‘m going to be in the right place. But from the first day I understood that I was superbly cheerful that I got the opportunity to be a part of media creator youth exchange. During the project I got so many useful advices how to take pictures, what is important in pictures, how to understand messages in videos and photos, what is important for public speaking and how to trust people as well. I overcome my fears in the project so I‘m really proud of me. I‘d like to thank to Simona for being my motivator and thank you for all advices, now I‘ll look differently into myself. Thanks to Justinas, George and Angela who organised this youth exchange so well. And thanks for all participants that I wasn‘t isolated or excluded and I found a lot of friends.
( It’s sad that I can’t publish this review on Abroadship.org but I’d really like to add it somehow to my previous review)”
Josefina (Czech Republic): “ I have already mentioned this a lot above. I got a great amount of hard skills, such as editing and video making, that I will use in the future to be a better media creator. But I got so much more than that. I got support, an audience for my ideas, I got confidence and directions to a path that can help me bring my visions and goals closer to reality. I got so much inspiration, I got many new friends (I got to visit London!) and I got an experience that I will surely remember in the best sense.”
Martin (Czech Republic): “confidence that i can do anything i want. that world is full of open doors and i am the picker. That its nothing wrong with me. That people could listen to my voice.”
Aleksandra (Poland): “MediaCreator#3 was a truly great experience. It not only broadened my photo/video and media knowledge but also gave me loads of motivation to continue in creating media. Meeting all of the participants and facilitators was a perfect opportunity to exchange ideas, receive and give feedback and advice and develop more courage to build my own personal brand. Great event, much recommended! ”
Paul (UK): “I got motivation to do more, a jumpstart. The importance of a strong personal brand and social media presence. 100 years ago, all you could do to make people aware of your projects was “networking” offline. Social media gives us the power to reach alot more people, online.So i learned that it is very important to be honest online, and show the same “you” as offline.Also posting something that nobody else does (but you want to) is no different than going to speak to a stranger. It gets you out of your confort zone, because you fear other people’s opinion.But once you learn that being afraid would only set you back , your life will change. So practice that offline AND online :D”
Nico (Italy): “I ve learnt how to approach better with social media, how to improve my speech abilities, how to show better myself in pubblic when i need to put some skills out. In this international setting, with people from different countries around me, i catched the power of diversity and how it can be an important source when you work in a dynamic team.”
Audrone (Lithuania): “MediaCreator#3 gave me much more than I expected. Because of this youth exchange, I’ve got motivation to seek more information about media, tools for self-branding and how to use it efficiently. I was learning not only from amazing facilitators, but from wonderful participants as well. We were sharing our own knowledge on different topics and teaching each other various things that we will use back home. It wasn’t only about professional side of Media Creator – we also improved as human beings; we saw the aspects of new cultures, various values and beliefs. All in all, it was a great experience, who can actually change a lot of things about my future.
Thank You! <3 ”
Konstantinos (Greece): “I met people from various countries. I lived and collaborated with them. I felt that we have more in common than I d’ expected! I met new places and practiced my use of English. I left my comfort zone for a while, adjusted in accommodation and time schedule that weren’t always easy. I practiced in the use of audio-visual tools. I tried new things (e.g. slackline). I exposed myself to others and felt the pressure (e.g. workshops, public speaking).”
Andreas (Greece): “Media Creator was an amazing experience! To be honest, It was better than I expected. It helped me a lot to many things of my life routine, such as public speaking, more open-minded and most important to get out from my comfort zone. I’m looking forward to participate to next media creator and also to the next youth exchange program of abroadship.org.”
Vit (Czech Republic): “This youth exchange gave me the power to improve my self brand not only in graphical point of view but also in many other aspects such as self confidence, non-verbal communication, public speaking, understanding of needs of others. This perception of whole brand is very important. This project showed me that normally we forget on self brand in her complex perspective and sometimes we are focused on details. It was for me good experience to look at my personal brand more from wider point of view.”
Sara (Italy): “I think that this youth exchange had been a marvelous intercultural experience. I really enjoyed working with people from different cultural backgrounds and sharing my opinion and beliefs with them. I think that at the end of the project we became a big international family. I acquired and improved many skills, including teamwork, cultural awareness, communication in foreign languages and especially digital competences. This youth exchange is a great opportunity for anyone looking to boost personal and professional life, getting out of the comfort zone and having fun by meeting new people. Thank you for this wonderful adventure. I highly recommend this experience!”
Project: Youth exchange “Media Creator #3: Photo & Video”
Location: London, UK
Dates: 9-17 August 2017
Number of participants: 35
Participating countries: United Kingdom, Lithuania, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Romania
|Break The Couch||Greecefirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Brno Connected||Czech Republicemail@example.com|
|Europe 4 Youth||Polandfirstname.lastname@example.org|
Description: Nowadays, digital skills are essential in almost all fields. The difference between today and ten years ago is the raise of social technologies that made possible innovative forms, such as self-branding. The issue is that youth represents a quarter of the world’s workforce, but they also represent half of the unemployment population around the world. MEDIA CREATOR project is developing practical and innovative digital skills that employers and clients (in case of entrepreneurial path) are looking after, involving youth directly as media creators.
- use media tools to express yourself, increase employability or explore your entrepreneurial path;
- self-brand through offline and online media, such as Facebook, Linkedin, blogs, websites, articles, photos, videos, creative CVs;
- create media by yourselves – using photo, video, creative designs, social media, blogging;
promote your unique personal values and qualities on the labour market;
- increase intercultural competences to communicate effectively your message with people from other cultures;
develop communication, team work, leadership skills and get equipped with tools for self-development.
Who Should Attend
The background of participants is youth (18-30 years old + 1 leader with unlimited age) that are unemployed and are willing to self-develop in order to be hired or pursue an entrepreneurial path or that are still under construction of their personal branding and identity.
Structure of of the 2nd Youth Exchange Media Creator: Design & Creativity
DAY 0: Arrival
DAY 1: Intro, getting to know each other, identity, needs & vision, communication as a tool of learning, portrait photos.
DAY 2: Personal brand – values, imperatives, social media platforms, pitching, feedback, intercultural evening #1.
DAY 3: Working with balance, trust, creativity – shaping new ideas, video production time, intercultural evening #2.
DAY 4: Simulation day – design & creativity – to generate increased awareness on self-branding, study case, best practices.
DAYS 5: Production days, workshops, critical analysis, improving content and results.
DAY 6: Reflection time, working on own campaigns, connecting with own social media accounts, social time.
DAY 7: Youthpass, evaluation of results, thanks & feedback, follow-up, plans for the future, closing.
DAY 8: Departure
Methodology is a combination of:
- “learning by experience” – learning from experiencing different activities and putting them into practice;
- “learning to play, playing to learn” – connected with learning through games, from actions and playful environment;
- “media practices” – having youth as media creators.
- group dynamic processes;
- teamwork activities;
- lectures and facilitated processes;
- group simulations and demonstration tutorials;
- dynamic workshops and presentations;
- online work and assignments;
- intercultural sharings and learnings;
- learning by doing in a group setting or individual processes.
Media Creator Team
George Adrian Oprea is a professional trainer working with youth and adults for over 6 years. His experience as entrepreneur, trainer in media and outdoor education, project manager in two NGOs, facilitator in adult teambuildings with over 700 participants/year has generated know-how in advertising, marketing and contouring brands.
Angela Aciobăniței – In the last years Angela gained experience as communication responsible in several organisations.
As a certified trainer she delivers learning programs to children, youth and adults using mainly non-formal methods on subjects connected to her skills: communication, sales, marketing, STEM, entrepreneurship. She is currently growing her start-up.
Justinas Brikys is an entrepreneur and founder of Abroadship.org, a centre of learning through mobility, which is an applicant organisation of Media Creator project. He is based in London, lives on a boat and enjoys alternative lifestyle. Justinas self-brands as media creator of a blog developingmoneyideas.com