Learn in Games

Do you know how to draw a perfect moon? I didn’t!

Paula, a 23 years old youth worker from Croatia, taught me on the first night of the project using a beer and an imaginary pencil. That was my informal introduction in the learning games i guess.

Just 24 hours before i find myself in the Ataturk airport of Istanbul carrying oversized luggage and chatting with the other members of the CEIPES-GREECE delegation. We are tired but also very excited of what is to come. One after the other the delegations of the European partners of the project arrive at the meeting point. Finally! Everyone is here and we are ready to get on the bus that will take us to Kiyikoy, a picturesque coast village 2 hours away from Istanbul.

The notorious traffic jam of this incredible city brings the bus to a hault and multilingual chatter arises. English, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Romanian, Croatian, Slovenian and Turkish instantly mix in an all powerful ice-breaking hammer. Since this moment we are now the one and only Learn-in-Games project group!

We arrive at Kiyikoy late at night and go straight to bed. Next morning we get up to the amazing view of the sea and the first session of the project kicks off. We go through the weeks’ schedule and get acquainted with the training team. All is set and the week-long journey begins!

Hard working days go by and sleepless, partying nights go on. It’s incredible how much knowledge your brain can acquire with less than 4 hours of sleep per night!

Issues like non-formal education, social inclusion and game designing for learning purposes are discussed in depth and different points of view are exchanged during both sessions and coffee breaks in the sunny garden. From the analysis of the theoretical framework to the designing and experimental implementation of our own learning games, both consumption of turkish tea and team bonding are sky rocketing!

And so life goes on in this small village with family dinners, intercultural nights, beach walks, excursions to Aya-Nicola Monastery, inside jokes (Manuelito you dohhh!) and philosofical drinking games until someone would say “this is too much for me”!

We even celebrated a traditional Turkish wedding between two of our most beloved group members, Mauro and Selena, but this is another story to be told…

So the project is over, our last day visit in Istanbul ends with the awe-inspiring view from Pierre Loti Hill and a family dinner and everybody is getting ready for departure. Hugs, group pics, wishes in different languages and maybe a few tears here and there set the background of our last moments as the Learn-in-Games group.

Have a safe journey back home friends! It was a pleasure meeting you all and i will always reminisce our time together with nostalgia!

Do you know this feeling that you just got new friends to visit all over Europe and you can’t stop planning new trips in your head? Well, that’s what sums it up for me!

P.S. Thank you CEIPES-GREECE and Erasmus + for giving me the opportunity to be part of such an unforgettable experience! And of course thank you so much my dear Greek girls, Elisabeth, Alexandra and Eliza for everything…

3 years old youth worker from Croatia, taught me on the first night of the project using a beer and an imaginary pencil. That was my informal introduction in the learning games i guess.

Just 24 hours before i find myself in the Ataturk airport of Istanbul carrying oversized luggage and chatting with the other members of the CEIPES-GREECE delegation. We are tired but also very excited of what is to come. One after the other the delegations of the European partners of the project arrive at the meeting point. Finally! Everyone is here and we are ready to get on the bus that will take us to Kiyikoy, a picturesque coast village 2 hours away from Istanbul.

The notorious traffic jam of this incredible city brings the bus to a hault and multilingual chatter arises. English, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Romanian, Croatian, Slovenian and Turkish instantly mix in an all powerful ice-breaking hammer. Since this moment we are now the one and only Learn-in-Games project group!

We arrive at Kiyikoy late at night and go straight to bed. Next morning we get up to the amazing view of the sea and the first session of the project kicks off. We go through the weeks’ schedule and get acquainted with the training team. All is set and the week-long journey begins!

Hard working days go by and sleepless, partying nights go on. It’s incredible how much knowledge your brain can acquire with less than 4 hours of sleep per night!

Issues like non-formal education, social inclusion and game designing for learning purposes are discussed in depth and different points of view are exchanged during both sessions and coffee breaks in the sunny garden. From the analysis of the theoretical framework to the designing and experimental implementation of our own learning games, both consumption of turkish tea and team bonding are sky rocketing!

And so life goes on in this small village with family dinners, intercultural nights, beach walks, excursions to Aya-Nicola Monastery, inside jokes (Manuelito you dohhh!) and philosofical drinking games until someone would say “this is too much for me”!

We even celebrated a traditional Turkish wedding between two of our most beloved group members, Mauro and Selena, but this is another story to be told…

So the project is over, our last day visit in Istanbul ends with the awe-inspiring view from Pierre Loti Hill and a family dinner and everybody is getting ready for departure. Hugs, group pics, wishes in different languages and maybe a few tears here and there set the background of our last moments as the Learn-in-Games group.

Have a safe journey back home friends! It was a pleasure meeting you all and i will always reminisce our time together with nostalgia!

Do you know this feeling that you just got new friends to visit all over Europe and you can’t stop planning new trips in your head? Well, that’s what sums it up for me!

P.S. Thank you CEIPES-GREECE and Erasmus + for giving me the opportunity to be part of such an unforgettable experience! And of course thank you so much my dear Greek girls, Elisabeth, Alexandra and Eliza for everything…

Just 24 hours before i find myself in the Ataturk airport of Istanbul carrying oversized luggage and chatting with the other members of the CEIPES-GREECE delegation. We are tired but also very excited of what is to come. One after the other the delegations of the European partners of the project arrive at the meeting point. Finally! Everyone is here and we are ready to get on the bus that will take us to Kiyikoy, a picturesque coast village 2 hours away from Istanbul.

The notorious traffic jam of this incredible city brings the bus to a hault and multilingual chatter arises. English, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Romanian, Croatian, Slovenian and Turkish instantly mix in an all powerful ice-breaking hammer. Since this moment we are now the one and only Learn-in-Games project group!

We arrive at Kiyikoy late at night and go straight to bed. Next morning we get up to the amazing view of the sea and the first session of the project kicks off. We go through the weeks’ schedule and get acquainted with the training team. All is set and the week-long journey begins!

Hard working days go by and sleepless, partying nights go on. It’s incredible how much knowledge your brain can acquire with less than 4 hours of sleep per night!

Issues like non-formal education, social inclusion and game designing for learning purposes are discussed in depth and different points of view are exchanged during both sessions and coffee breaks in the sunny garden. From the analysis of the theoretical framework to the designing and experimental implementation of our own learning games, both consumption of turkish tea and team bonding are sky rocketing!

And so life goes on in this small village with family dinners, intercultural nights, beach walks, excursions to Aya-Nicola Monastery, inside jokes (Manuelito you dohhh!) and philosofical drinking games until someone would say “this is too much for me”!

We even celebrated a traditional Turkish wedding between two of our most beloved group members, Mauro and Selena, but this is another story to be told…

So the project is over, our last day visit in Istanbul ends with the awe-inspiring view from Pierre Loti Hill and a family dinner and everybody is getting ready for departure. Hugs, group pics, wishes in different languages and maybe a few tears here and there set the background of our last moments as the Learn-in-Games group.

Have a safe journey back home friends! It was a pleasure meeting you all and i will always reminisce our time together with nostalgia!

Do you know this feeling that you just got new friends to visit all over Europe and you can’t stop planning new trips in your head? Well, that’s what sums it up for me!

P.S. Thank you CEIPES-GREECE and Erasmus + for giving me the opportunity to be part of such an unforgettable experience! And of course thank you so much my dear Greek girls, Elisabeth, Alexandra and Eliza for everything…