Our Culture Visit to Logroño This morning we got on a bus together to go to the capital of La Rioja and home of the Spanish teams organisations. On arrival, we made our way directly to IRJ to be introduced to the Riojana Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister for Social Services. After being so warmly welcomed to Logroño, by both the politicians and the weather, we had free time to explore the beautiful city of Logroño. The majority of the participants went to Calle Laurel, which is a famous tapa street for this region. When we returned to IRJ later that day, there was a short presentation of Asprodema, a local spanish organisation that specifically spoke about their integretional literuature group. Afterwards, they allowed us to evaluate/use board games that they use with their disabled groups. After a long day of learning and culture, we then returned back to Alfaro by 10 o clock.
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Today our seminar began with the Irish team (The County Limerick Youth Theatre). They shared with the group their experience from a theatre integretion aspect. The defining things that were discussed today was the importance of adaptability. The irish team brought a booklet of their workshops and modules to show their work and they highlighted the importance of adapting to the group. Additionally, they stressed the importance of a feeling of ownership from the members of their group. They use a code of conduct to initiate this. Their good practice involved the idea that the members create all the projects and ideas and they improve their skills in having initiative by working their way up into a role in the group with more responsibility. To ensure the functionality of this method they also use an evaluation system at the end of their projects. Afterwards, the bulgarian group Focus presented their organisation by starting open discussions about volunteering and societal views of disabi
Off to a good start, we started the project with a presentation of what to expect, and afterwards we evaluated our personal fears and expectations for the week. Afterwards, we got to know each other with some fun name games. On a more professional aspect, we also partnered up to discuss our experiences with inclusion through art. Later on, in the day, ON&OFF presented past projects of theirs that involved inclusion and, in order to get everyone involved with their ideas, we took part in some of the activities that they used in their past projects. Through this, the importance of each activity and the objectives to be achieved in doing these activities. One of these activities involved problem solving while another focused-on spontaneity and unity.