In collaboration with Yucel Cultural Foundation, Fit For The Future - The Art of Hosting exchange programmes was held in Germany-Zwickau (13-21 July 2013). It was a great seminar with multifarious aims like being helpful and affective on youngsters, teaching them how to be joyful and how to work in big and smaller groups, increasing collective conscience, delicacy and participation, turning disagreements into positive interdependencies!... We are thankful to Ahmet Kurnaz as the team leader full of joy and energy, to Tahir Erol Çantal , Nurullah Bal, to our female participants Nilgün Y lmaz ve Aybüke Ya d ran for having represented us in the best manner.. :)

The team leader Ahmet has successfully prepared the below report!...


It all started with my application to the form published in foundation’s Facebook page and ended up with great friendships and nice moments of fun. Four of participants from Turkey took off from Ataturk Airport on 13th July, 2013 and landed in Leipzig/Germany safe and sound. We had to take train from airport to Zwickau, which is project venue, and we were busy with trying to understand how this ticket machine worked for almost half an hour even if it was in Turkish too.

Leaving the train, we grabbed our luggage and headed for the exit door of the station. The minute we left the station, a guy waving his hand from the van gave us a lift to the small place where we had our project activities.

As for the project, it was really nice and joyful meeting new friends from Romania, Germany and Latvia. The group dynamics were quite balanced in that we had almost no problem during the flow of the week. We all started introducing ourselves and get to know each other as much possible but the first job is to memorize the names, yeah!

During the week, we have been busy with activities about creating a working community, gathering people together, building bridges among the different parts of the community, feeling ourselves and others, and so on. It is easy to say that we had a great and fruitful week out there and we have so much to learn and share with others.

Looking back to the days when we were there in Germany, I will always remember this project as one of the milestones of my career as a youth worker. Thank you very much Yucel Cultural Foundation for this excellent opportunity.

Ahmet Kurnaz