Project “Come out and Play” was a life changing experience for me. I met a lot of incredible people. They taught me how to love myself the way I am. I will never forget the talks when we shared the colors of our souls. What is more, I learned new things about mental health, which was my goal.
The project was very difficult for me, but at the same time a beautiful and shaping experience. Difficult, because it was the first project with people I did not know, which was a huge step outside of my comfort zone, which scared me to such extent that I wanted to return back to Poland. I’m glad that I stayed after all. We created a safe space there together and for the first time in my life I opened myself to a large group of people without the fear of being judged by anyone. I just knew that each of us had gone through similar things and would show understanding for the other of us. From conversations with other people, I learned a lot of important life lessons and thanks to them I made new acquaintances. The kind in which I know that I can speak suddenly and ask for advice or a simple conversation on the phone. Most of the classes and workshops dealt with topics that I had no one to talk to or I was afraid to mention. There were a few topics that touched the emotions deep inside me to the point where I had to go out and cry out. But also then I was not alone. People from the group or even the organizers were ready to support me. Thanks to this whole project, I gained the courage to fight for myself. And with all certainty and pleasure I will go to another project that Active Rainbow will be organizing.
Come out and play exchange was an extremely developmental experience both from working in an international team and getting to know myself. During the project, a safe space for self-development was created, which made the acquisition of knowledge a pure pleasure. The exchange program assumed our development on many levels, and the picturesque venue itself only enhanced our mental and physical progress.
The project is an amazing adventure and I recommend it to everyone. It is an accumulation of vast knowledge, amazing people and different stories in one place. Thanks to the exchange, we were able to participate in many interesting workshops, deepen our knowledge of mental health and raise very important issues related to LGBTQ +. I am very grateful for the opportunity to participate in the entire project and development.
Participation in the project turned out to be the best in my life. Apart from getting to know wonderful people, friendship and love, I got to know better a part of myself that I had never had a say in. During the project, this part could finally come to the fore and had its own 5 minutes. Except that 5 minutes will stay longer, because I don’t want to hide anything anymore. Thank you YoWo Poland and Active Rainbow for a great time