“The Travel-People” crowns the efforts of our participants to the cultural diversity workshop, which is part of the “New Minorities of Bucharest” project. The high school students, working under the helpful guidance of trainers Amalia, Cristina and Andrei, took monologues based on their own experiences and interactions with persons from different cultures. But how did the work go? Here are the trainers’ answers:
How was the collaboration with the students during the work sessions?
Amalia: To me, it was surprising. I was expecting it to be hard, but things came along nicely from the very beginning. We relearned together, them and me, what it feels like to be new, open, fresh. I got attached, I’ll admit.
Cristina: We became “travel buddies” very soon. Due to the fact Andrei was already acquainted with some of the participants, the first steps were easier. I enjoyed the easiness and openness with which they all received our proposals. The title of the play created with them and by them is “The Travel-People,” and I believe that for these three week-ends we managed to transcend our trainer-student relationship and become storytellers, sharing stories about ourselves, the others and the in-between.
Andrei: It was a fun collaboration. I met wonderful kids, smart as a whip, willing to learn.
How much did they already know about cultural diversity?
Amalia: They brought quite a lot of knowledge. The most beautiful answer that I received during one of the workshops was: “What I like to do when I meet people of other nationalities is interact, learn new things, share interests, hobbies; when I travel abroad, I try to integrate, to adopt their lifestyle – experimentation is the only way I’ll ever get to know and understand.”
Cristina: From the beginning I found out that many of them had travelled almost everywhere in Europe and beyond – Africa, Asia, America (one particular answer became an instant classic at the first workshop, when Rares told us: “I visited the United States… well, only 26 of them!”) So they already knew a lot, had encountered other cultures and were aware of the different visions, lifestyles, ways of thinking.
Andrei: The kids had a very rich experience; they told us about the impact with the other cultures in the countries they visited.