CARE in Lübbecke – Evaluation of Edkimo-Survey
The first CARE conference took place February 2020 in Lübbecke (Germany) and was assessed by almost all students and teachers taking part in the project via edkimo Surveys (https://edkimo.com/de/). (44 German students?, 6 Portuguese?, 7 Dutch and Polish participants and 8 Finnish participants???)
Most students were very pleased with their German host families and felt very welcome. Both students and teachers also enjoyed the official welcome ceremony and found the speech delivered by Mrs Hölscher very helpful. The wheelchair-basketball and the goalball/obstacle course were also rated highly and enjoyed by all participants. It helped them to empathise better with handicapped people and
Likewise, the visit of the Lübbecker Werkstätten and the social day on Tuesday helped to overcome prejudices and inhibitions and were rated to be valuable experiences. Many of the individual answers showed that the students learned that disabled people 'are the same as normal people' or that they are 'very nice' or 'sweet people' who deserve respect.
The Bowling night on Tuesday was clearly considered to be a fun activity.
The tour to Bielefeld on Wednesday was also regarded as an interesting and impressive day by everybody except for three participants. In their individual answers the students stated that they particularly found the information about the internship-programme 'Betheljahr' interesting and that they were impressed by the size of the organisation. They also reflected on the impact that social laws and the money provided by the public or health insurance have on the well-being of handicapped people. However, some students wrote that doing a longer internship would be better than just visiting another institution.
About the last working day of the conference it was said by everybody (except for 4 participants) that the presentations prepared by the guests were interesting and that working together on the films and interviews etc. was also interesting and efficient and that the farewell ceremony was a valuable experience, although the comments showed that it should have ended later.
All inn all, 93% of the participants totally agreed (++) to the statement that the week in Lübbecke was a valuable experience and 7 agreed (+) that it was a valuable experience.
When asked what the greatest benefit of taking part in this project has been so far, most students wrote that it raised their awareness of how important it is to care for others and for disabled people in particular. Other answers included aspects, such as 'meeting new people' or doing a 'social day'.
Ideas for improvement:
• less 'chaining to hosts' – more opportunities to work in mixed groups (workshops) like on Thursday
• Having a German tour guide was difficult because not everything can be translated (Lübbecker Werkstätten) → there should always be English-speaking guides
• more social day/internship experiences / more actual interaction during the social days → less visiting of institutions (like Bethel) → but more own experiences
• longer farewell parties / too short in general!