My first thought about “OTP”- by Ina Mihajlova, OTP Skopje

Written byPUBLIC ROOM -18/09/2019

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While I’m waiting for the time to come for our new project in Rotterdam, I have realized that I didn’t write anything about my experience in Bruges, Belgium.

…So here we go!

I will start at the beginning of our journey. Even though we were On The Point to come to our destination on time, unfortunately, my team and I come from a country that has no good direct flight or bus/train connections with Bruges. We had a flight to NL and had to change several trains to come to Bruges. So, the first day we failed to be present to meet the other participants and missed a lot of educational lectures. Luckily we were able to get to dinner, meet everyone after all, so we were not strangers anymore to anyone, and we were ready for the workshop next days.

As usual, on workshops, everybody presents themselves, who they are, what they are, what they want and what they don’t want.

…The workshop started with some kids game (jumping, shouting, touching etc.) and BOOM I don’t feel comfortable. It became clear to me that something was not challenging enough.

As it was planned on the workshop everyone was divided into several groups and every group had to choose one topic they want to work on. Which was quite positive.

My personal opinion is that when you work in a team you have to listen to everybody’s opinion, compromise, accept and not be competitive. I don’t know why, I didn’t felt it my team (but, I may have misplaced it). I left immediately and no one came to ask why, what was the problem and why I no longer wanted to cooperate.

Anyway, this is my personal frustration, but I felt like I need it to share it here, so we can avoid further misunderstandings.

What I really liked about the workshop was the mixing. By mixing I mean the connection of the people from different countries. That way we had the opportunity to relax with each other, get to know each other better and try to bring communication to a different level. I have made many new friends with whom I am still in touch.

As for the hosts, I am really grateful the way they hosted us at Het Entreport, they provided us with drinks, food, space and other gadgets that we needed for the workshop.

Every day, every moment, we learn something new, bad or good, so waiting for our new challenge and what it will bring.

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