Fun and informative : these are the two words that come most frequently in the participants feedback of the seminar.
During the seminar itself, some participants called the Safety Net Project an Eye-Opener ! We are very honored to be perceived as such !
But what is it about ?
Event before we created the Lingua Franca Foundation, we were worried about the fate of some Asian women we saw in dire strait around us, in the Netherland. Some of them divorced in the most desperate – and more often then not – violent conditions. We decided to react and to create a specific project to help these women : the Safety Net Project (more details about this project in these pages).
This project in multidimensional, we aim to contribute to :
coaching, training & networking
aid & empowerment
information & training of the welcoming countries institutions
We went all the way to Malaysia and organize this seminar in order to reach two of these goals :
prevention : by giving the participants information about life in Europe and how to get married, to work or to set up a business there in the best possible conditions
partnership : we wanted to meet NGO’s, local authorities and companies to agree on common resources and actions
We coudn’t have done half of it without the patience and invaluable support of our local partner : Hotel Abadi Sdn Bhd (Hotel Abadi Melaka). So we are deeply thankful to these wonderful people who helped to make this seminar a successful event !
If you missed this seminar, here are the presentations we made that day :
First, an introduction to the program of the day.
Then, Suzi started the real presentation with a Prezi about the Lingua Franca Foundation and the Safety Net Project itself. (Cick on t the presentation).
I, then, followed with a short (and boring, I warned you, people !) Prezi on Europe and its institutions…
After that, I gave the floor back to Suzi who then presented the first part of this Powerpoint on Moving to Europe : she explained the European rules regarding marriage and relationship. Everybody needed a pause after such an intense morning work and we all enjoyed the delicious Malaysian cuisine served in the hotel restaurant before I presented the sequel of this combination of Mind mapping and PowerPoint about working and setting up a business in Europe.
Frame Game : learning with fun
After more than a half day of presentations, we all needed to move. The (in)famous disease ALSS (After Lunch Sleeping Syndrom) was threatening everybody in the seminar room and we started the Frame Game : Let’s Net Together !
This game is a personal adaptation of a Thiagi’s Frame Game. We distributed 4 cards to the participants and asked them to write 4 items about the question : What can people expect from a project like Safety Net ?
The goal was to collect the ideas of the group, to broaden our scope regarding the aims of the project and to validate our assumptions about the needs of people and the actions we started.
We then collected all the cards. We mixed them up and gave back two cards to each participant.
They had to place their cards in order of preference. If they didn’t like their cards, they could exchange them with the rest of the cards, which laid on a table.
Then, the participants could exchange their remaining cards with another or several participants. As much cards they wished, but one for one.
We then asked them to read other people’s card and to gather with the ones who have the closest statements on their card to form several groups. Three groups resulted of these exchanges, of very different sizes, between two and ten people !
We, then, prompted the participants to determine the 3 favorite cards of each group.
When this has been done, we proposed them to present their choice to the rest of the participants. But… there were some rules they have to respect :
- no words, no letters
- No figures and as few symbols as possible
- sing, but without lyrics
- imitate the noise of object
After a few minutes of hesitations, all the groups endeavour their work with a great fun and a lot of creativity : we had drawings, mime, song (national anthems) and noise (a plane taking off and landing), etc.
And we got the answers to our questions : yes, the Safety Net Project is an interesting one, it’s a eye-opener, it can give the right information, it can make life easier for people going abroad. But it could also help student to move abroad, it could make more taylored conferences and seminars for targeted audiences, it could give handouts at the end of the day, and so on…
We ended the day by thanking the participants for their pretty good job and with a warning : you thought you could get rid of us so easily, but actually we could be back at the end of the year, with a new conference…