The project planning has not been particularly challenging as the steps outlined by the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency (REA) and the deliverables/ milestones planned in the project proposal have been all tangible and clear. However, a mobility fellowship comes often with challenges of a non-academic nature. In my case the problems that emerged were not linked with the project per se but with the financial and political instability of Greece and the university issues that the country was called to face. It was an unfortunate coincidence that such issues were heightened during the first three months of the project. I became more involved with the project management to avoid any possible disruptions and with the guidance of the project officer in Brussels the problems were soon resolved.
The skills experience
With this mobility fellowship I realised that the skills acquired are not just academic but perhaps more so life skills, which are necessary for working efficiently in a new cultural environment. Everyday challenges had to be faced with adaptability, flexibility, openness to alternative pathways, intercultural awareness and a positive attitude. Also communication skills, creativity and motivation were awarded with access to local networks and new funding streams for projects related to social and cultural capital. Overall the experience helped me develop as an individual with more inspiration for creating, supporting and researching meaningful work for the communities.
22nd European Sport Management Association Conference, 9-12 September 2014, Coventry, UK
23rd International Congress of Physical Education and Sport, 15-17 May 2015, Komotini, Greece
- Chatziefstathiou, Kaplanidou and Papadimitriou_Social Capital and Sports Participation (abstract)
- Chatziefstathiou, Tsagdi, Mpaltas and Choutas_Social Capital and Volunteerism in Sporting Events (abstract)
- Chatziefstathiou, Kaplanidou and Papadimitriou_Social Capital and Sports Participation (presentation)
- Chatziefstathiou, Tsagdi, Mpaltas and Choutas_Social Capital and Volunteerism in Sporting Events (presentation)
26th European Association for International Education (EAIE) Conference, 16-19 September 2014, Prague
Marie Curie Association Networking Event in Greece, 24 April 2015