ISWinT (International Student Week in Timișoara) is an international festival, dedicated to students from all over the world. The concept was created in 1994, and it started from the daring ideas of enthusiastic students who believed in unity, multiculturality, and friendship. It grew bigger and bigger, and this year it is reaching its 26th edition. What ISWinT keeps and passes on from a generation to another is the spirit, enthusiasm, and motivation to make an unforgettable edition each year.
So what makes ISWinT worth coming to Romania for? Briefly, what ISWinT offers to students is a chance to develop themselves, get to know new people, learn something new and make the first steps into changing the world, making it a better place. After all this introduction, down below we’ve outlined a few more in detail points.
1. Fun learning through interactive workshops
This year we are bringing you 8 different workshops centered on the theme “Learn Today, Change Tomorrow”, meant to help and encourage people to work towards making a difference in their own country and change the things that no longer work today. The “fun” part comes from the non-formal register used during the workshops. Frankly, there won’t be any rocket science theories or academical expressions in your dialogue - you will talk freely and openly about the ideas discussed. Also, our trainers have prepared some fun and interactive get-to-know games along with games specific to the workshop’s activity.
The most fascinating thing about multiculturality is not about appearances (skin color, clothing, accent,etc.) but about perspectives, traditions, behavior and history. The least significant thing you may think of could be amazing to someone from another culture, simply because we have been educated with a finite amount of core values specific to our culture and we have taken those values for granted without questioning ourselves whether there are other possibilities out there, unless we are curious individuals and do the research for our own.
And it is hundreds of times easier to directly ask someone that actually lives in the country you are curious about than to spend hours reading from the internet things that may not even be true. It is really hard to filter that information if you are not equipped with the proper tools. (SPOILER: we have a workshop about that ;) )
3. Friendships being born
Sometimes you feel like you want to substract yourself from the group, to be on your own within your safe and pleasant world - just plug in your headphones and gaze through walls and other people. We have bad news for you, you won’t have time for that AT ALL! Why? Because ISWinT is the best social environment you could imagine. You are constantly pressured to interact with both the participants and the organizers and that will hit your hard shell so hard you will have to unlock your inner non-judgemental child in order to keep up. I’ll say that again: “you will have to unlock your inner non-judgemental child in order to keep up”. What do children do the best? Exactly, PLAYING! What else children do the best? Befriending anyone and anything! You see, the true meaning of ISWinT is felt once you let your guard down and just “live in the Now”, as the writer Eckhart Tolle says.
The goal of friendships does not rely on who to befriend or why. It’s goal is just to multiply itself. ISWinT is the perfect environment to spread friendship, love, support and be model to the cold world we are facing. Above all the things you will learn here, friendship is the most important one and we don’t talk much about it because we simply don’t have the right words to describe such experience. We went as far in saying “friendship is the key for being human”. We are offering you that key!