‘’During my youth exchange in Bran, Romania, I had the privilege of developing essential soft skills and gained valuable insights into leading a healthier life. The program went beyond cultural exchange; it also emphasized the importance of holistic well-being. Furthermore, the exchange provided a platform for open discussions on mental health and stress management. Sharing experiences and strategies with fellow participants helped me better understand the significance of mental well-being. In retrospect, this youth exchange in Bran, Romania, was a transformative journey that expanded my horizons, enriched my life, and honed my soft skills in ways I never imagined. I am immensely grateful for this opportunity, and I would encourage any young person to seize such experiences for personal growth and global understanding. It truly was a wonderful and unforgettable experience.’’ – Almir Murtić

I had the incredible opportunity to participate in a youth exchange program in Bran, Romania, and it was nothing short of life-changing. This experience was an absolute whirlwind of cultural immersion, personal growth, and unforgettable memories. From the moment I arrived in Bran, I was greeted with warmth and hospitality by the local community. The exchange brought together young people from diverse backgrounds, fostering a sense of unity and understanding that transcended borders. We shared stories, traditions, and dreams, and it was heartwarming to witness the power of human connection. The activities and workshops during the youth exchange challenged me to step out of my comfort zone. I found myself engaging in public speaking, teamwork exercises, and problem-solving tasks that pushed me to develop my soft skills. Communication, leadership, and adaptability became second nature as I navigated this international adventure. One of the most memorable aspects was exploring the beautiful Romanian countryside, including the famous Bran Castle. These excursions provided a unique backdrop for personal reflection and group bonding. The friendships I forged during this exchange are ones I cherish deeply, and the lessons I learned about myself and the world are invaluable.’’ – Salih Jamaković

Participating in an Erasmus+ youth exchange through BRAVO BiH in Romania was a kind experience. There were youth from seven different countries who all came with the same or similar interests and centered on the crucial theme of health, healthy lifestyles, and habits as well as the critical issue of addiction. When I first stepped into the hotel, I could feel inclusivity and diversity. One of the first people I met made me realize I was safe and accepted. Meeting young people from divergent spots in Europe exposed me to the world’s wonders. We all came from diverse backgrounds, speaking different languages, and having unique traditions yet this project brought us all together. Health Up youth exchange was marvelously designed; the activities, workshops, and discussions deepened our understanding of health-related topics, even so also practiced them by cooking meals from our home countries and sharing traditions. It was somewhat refreshing and fascinating to see how our cultural practices can contribute to healthier lifestyles. The discussions on addiction were impactful and allowed us to share personal stories with no judgment. Perhaps the most lasting impression from the exchange was new and long-lasting friendships. Through this project, not only did we learn about health but also each other, breaking down stereotypes. Finally, my participation in the Erasmus+ youth exchange was an enlightening and far-reaching experience. It illustrated the incredible potential of international collaboration in addressing global issues. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from both trainers and individuals and I am inspired to take everything gained during this exchange to make a positive impact in my community. The Erasmus+ program enriched my life. – Lamija Sejdić

‘’I had the incredible opportunity to participate in the Erasmus+ project “Health Up” organized in Romania, Bran, and it was an experience that left a huge mark on my life. Throughout this project, I had the opportunity of venturing into diverse cultures, exploring taboo themes, and dispelling myths about health. One aspect that truly resonated with me was the focus on mental health. Engaging in discussions and activities that addressed this often-overlooked aspect of well-being was eye-opening. The project fostered an environment where we could openly share our thoughts and experiences regarding mental health, breaking down stigmas and promoting understanding. One of the highlights of the program was the intercultural nights, where we had the chance to learn more about cultures through their cuisines. These nights enticed our taste buds and deepened our appreciation for the diversity that makes our world so vibrant. Furthermore, the project went beyond cultural exploration, offering valuable insights into practical matters. We learned about medical insurance and the process of seeking help in hospitals across various locations in Europe and America. This knowledge is invaluable for anyone considering international travel or study, and I feel well-prepared thanks to this project. The Erasmus+ project “Health Up” in Romania, Şimon, was a special journey that broadened my horizons, challenged my perceptions, and equipped me with practical skills for life. What truly set it apart was its emphasis on individual expression and teamwork. Through team-building exercises, I honed my collaborative skills and gained a greater sense of self-awareness and confidence.’’ – Aiša Muhić

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