Dankó Judit

Team building: techniques to develop cooperation, empathy, tolerance


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Course organiser:

Hungary Expert


16-22 / 07 / 2023 



Where was I and why (what was the motivation)? -  About the course

As an experienced educator, I feel that the world around us is constantly changing, and that this forces us to innovate. Erasmus mobility is a great opportunity to learn new methods, new skills, new cultures. I was in Rovinj, Croatia this summer on the Team Building: techniques for cooperation, empathy and tolerance.

"You need a team! - Playing is how you get to know people." These were the ideas we formulated on the first day. I think it can be a motto for our week! Our course leader, Csaba Uhrin, led the sessions with great practice, attention and sensitivity. On the first evening we got to know each other through games, and then we had dinner together in a restaurant by the sea. The members of the courses that started at the same time were also able to get to know each other, making the whole week truly international.

The training gave us the chance to experience what it was like to be a kid, helped us to get to know ourselves and our peers better, and by the end of the week we could think of ourselves as a small team. The course set the goal of experiencing how and to what extent we can work together, observing how a game works or doesn't work. And if not, what we need to do to make it work. Throughout the days, we learned-again-about the positive power of team-building activities, and thus felt more confident. We communicated more precisely and clearly with each other, enjoying a positive atmosphere of cooperation in which tolerance works more effectively. The focus was on interpersonal communication, but we also made an effort to record our experiences and share them with each other.


How will I use it in my school?

We learned a lot of games that we can use in our teaching and classroom work. We also evaluated and analysed the games with an eye to what can bring adults, even a teaching community, closer together. I would like to share as much of this as possible with my colleagues, updating and expanding the practical exercises in the teacher's manual of our communication subject with the games and techniques we have learned during the first semester.


Afternoon programmes, EU principles

In the afternoons, we explored the streets of the old town, discovering the sights that are part of the European heritage. Several times we climbed the 63-metre-high church tower of St Euphemia, from where the view is picturesque. We also toured the surrounding area, I explored the towns of Pula, Porec and Umag. The training ended with the presentation of diplomas and a boat trip. We sailed to the village of Vrsar and admired the Lim fjord on the way. We were impressed by the clarity and the abundance of greenery. We stayed in the first plastic-free hotel (we filled our canteens during the course, we didn't use plastic bottles).

Rovinj is the pearl of Istria, a very popular tourist destination. It was nice to see and experience the care and attention the locals give to their guests, guiding us when we need it. They also have an Italian past, many of them speak Italian as well as Croatian, and information is always available in Italian. They also learn world languages, of course.


Short conclusion

I am very glad that I chose this course, I had a great learning experience and great organisation. I can only recommend it to others!