Kaupo Pilder from Tsirkusestuudio Folie (Estonia) tells us about his mobility project in Mexico:
My name is Kaupo and I am from Circus Studio Folie (Tallinn, Estonia). I am a trainer in Folie. When I first heard of this project,
I was really curious to learn more about techniques and methods what other similar organizations are using.
I went to see and observe how circus trainers are working in Mesoamericana University in Mexico.
It was a job shadowing of trainers and teachers in that university. Also they had a festival on the time when I was there so I had a change to help with some stuff they needed to be done for the festival. But mainly I was in the training hall and observing the trainings and taking part some of them. Taking notes about methods and techniques. Also I observed a mimic class, music class and choreographic class what local students have to take. They were all so cool.
Accommodation and food were really nice. We were close to the people who were in University and because of that the cultural exchange was so much better and stronger. I learned a lot of Spanish because lot of people don’t speak English or any other language. But circus has it’s own universal language (circus language) so It was really fun and ok. I was teaching english and learning spanish at the same time. Food was sometimes too spicy and hot, but after four days I got used to it and it was ok then.
When we had some free time, we went to do local sightseeing. Or went to the center of the city and walked around wonderful Puebla downtown. One day we even took a long hike to the summit of nearby volcano what was not active already for 3000 years. The view was just so amazing. The people are so amazing and friendly and warm. I will miss the people.
The time in Mexico was a bit different than I was used to. Timetable for classes was set but no breaks in between so students had to take some time from the classes to have a break and teachers were also having that break so almost none of the classes started on the time set on timetable. And that kind of time manipulation was happening in everyday life as well. That was a biggest cultural shock I had.
I learned a lot during these two weeks in Mexico. I learned a lot about the culture in Mexico and most important
I learned a lot of the way circus happens there. It’s a bit different than in my circus, but it’s really nice to see how it works somewhere else.
I learned new ways to juggle and new ways to success in some disciplines in circus. Now I have ideas how to teach something better or how to help some of my students to achieve their goals.
I really would like to give that kind of experience to any person no matter what they are doing, I think everyone should have that kind of opportunities and I really recommend this kind of Erasmus+ projects to everyone. Thanks to this Erasmus+ project I learned a lot new things and my worldview has widened a lot.