Creative thinking with Leonardo da Vinci | May 2012

Augsburg with The Leonardo da Vinci Programme | ENG
Videographer and Video Editor: Cem Bilen | Lifelong Learning Programme - Erasmus+

'Perfect day would start with going to a country where they speak a language I don't know... New customs someplace where I'm completely out of my element… ' Dan in Real Life Servus, After a long time, I got a second chance to go abroad with the Lifelong Learning Programme. Last month, I arrived in Augsburg to begin a three-week media programme, funded by the EU, which aims to foster greater working mobility within Europe.

The programme started with cultural training, helping participants to settle in with advice about travel, communication, and accommodation. Afterwards, we visited many local and international media companies in Bavaria. In all the programme activities, we saw Germany’s creative side in a short term. The professionals in field of media shared their experiences with us.

In my opinion, the Leonardo da Vinci programmes are a powerful tool for vocational education. With no doubt, the programme gives us a great opportunity to acquire new knowledge, skills and competencies. The programme improves both personally and professional development.

At the end of this process, it is not only about vocational education. During the programme, I got another chance to travel to many places in Bavaria, in my leisure times. The roots of west Europe history always interest me a lot; I have been very impressed by Germany in general. The nature, rich history and cultural life they all left a deep impression on me. I have to be able to say that sincerely. Augsburg is the city of the Fuggers, Mozart and Brecht. Its rich history is evident wherever you look. And Also, Augsburg is a big bicycle city,so it is one of most livable places.

I've been looking forward to attending the Leonardo da Vinci programme for a long time. Last February, I participated in many interviews and exams with a media group in Ankara to ensure the placement is suitable. After the meeting went well, they accepted me for the programme. I am pleased that I attended.

Goethe is the name that absolutely should be mentioned to German culture. With his universality, he said that 'The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone here and there who thinks and feels with us, and though distant, is close to us in spirit - this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.'

I know this is one of those experiences I'll remember forever.
And I hope that I’ll have another chance to revisit city of Augsburg.

Auf wiedersehen