“We Game It” was an Erasmus + Youth Exchange project focusing on the topic of Gamification.
Dates: June 16 – 25, 2022
Place: Granada, Spain
Participating countries: Spain, Georgia, Romania, Morocco, Hungary and Italy.
With Erasmus+ proceeding with its enticingly rich exchange programmes, June comes to mark another multicultural journey in which participants from 6 countries gather in Granada, Spain to delve into the concept of Gamification through various activities.
Landed on the 16th of June on Spain, Moroccans, Spanish, Georgians, Italians, Hungarians and Romanians delivered with energy their presentations, interferences and cultural nights for the entire programme period.
When we chose to come on a Erasmus to Spain, we didn’t know we were going to have such an amazing experience. Improving our English and learning about gamification, and of course, to meet new friends, was an experience that will never be forgotten.
Of course, we had to meet each other. In order to learn our names, we did a play-based activity associating each name with a gesture. Breaking the ice was important because we created a safe place where everyone could share their ideas. Some peers were extroverts, while others were more shy. We learnt that our personalities were something we could take advantage of.
During the mornings we learnt what gamification is. It is more than a methodology used to study in an easier and funnier way. It can be used everywhere: in an office job, at university…
We visited Granada in the afternoons: the Albayzin, the Alhambra and much more. We were lucky – the local party, the Corpus, we had the opportunity to visit the funfair, ride some roller coasters, dance flamenco and of course, reguetón.
We also saw a Sevillanas spectacle in one of the most beautiful places in the world: El Sacromonte. The music and the ambience were the strong points of it. It will be an unforgettable experience.
On the other hand, this project included cultural evenings, as each group tries to introduce the culture of its country to the other participants. These evenings pass in a lively and enthusiastic atmosphere, where the entire participating countries gather in a hall, and then the concerned country begins to introduce its country, for example its population, the number of languages it speaks, famous foods, traditional dress, etc. After the presentation, the representatives of this country invite the group to taste some of their well-known dishes, as well as give some symbolic gifts for remembrance. The most interesting part of this cultural evening is the dance, where the group tries to teach others the dance of their country, and this dance without doubt passes in an atmosphere filled with love, happiness and enthusiasm.
Now, we have friends in every corner of the world: from Georgia to Morocco, from Hungary to Spain and in last place, learning about our cultures, sharing them and finally be an active participant of them is the most paramount experience.
The answer on the main question “what happens if you gather strangers from six different countries” is so clear for now – they will broaden their horizons and feel themselfs grown with new relationships and lifelong friendship. In general, success of Erasmus+ project depends on people, so we can confidently say that under the Granada sun we learned a lot about gamification, had plenty of fun and did our best to collect many thrilling memories that will keep us going for so long and the best thing is that “We Gamed it”.