Breath of fresh air in Faro’s office
Daria and I are part of the new team of interns of YEU. We both arrived within an Erasmus Placement project of our University. Daria is from Poland and she will graduate soon in European studies at Warsaw. She is one of the international coordinators in CIM Horyzonty, the YEU Member Organisation from Poland. She arrived in the YEU Administrative office to broaden her knowledge, to have an even more international perspective on the management of youth projects. For her an internship sounded the best opportunity to develop her organisational skills and learn more about the youth policy of the European Union, all framed in a great social experience.Me, Elena, I’m from Italy and I’m attending a Master in Social Work. It's my first collaboration with YEU but I have former experiences in the field of non-formal education. I strongly believe in the impact that youth exchanges and programs can have in the development of young people and in the building of their identity. I actually want to work in this sector in the future and the Internship allows me to test myself in a real work experience and see how abstract knowledge can be applied on the field.
After a shorttraining period in the main office of Brussels, we were ready to say goodbye to the rainy sky of the Belgian capital and to throw ourselves into the arms of the warm Portugal. It wasn't easy to start working in an office where nobody else worked for some time. The first few days we spent quite some time following more administrative and logistics matters, but that for sure enriched our experiences. Hopefully Faro is a small town and Portuguese people are welcoming and helpful. Than we started with the real work and the days are passing so fast!
I can speak for both of us saying that we immediately felt completely involved and responsible.
We have had immediately a good relationship and communication with the other interns in Brussels, it was essential to coordinate our work. Also Tamara (the Secretary General) and Eleni (Project Coordinator) supported our work constantly, thanks to Skype and Google drive that make the coordination easier!
Both offices work together on developing project. In July the main work was concentrated in finalizing “Open Campus” project: reorganizing a policy paper on social inclusion and preparing a manual on how to use new media and social networking in youth work for advocacy purposes. The other priority was to create and implement the e-tools part of the long term project “Green Leaders”, and start preparing a policy paper on youth work and sustainable development which have been used and implemented during the 33th Convention of YEU.
We both attended the YEU Convention in Overijese (Belgium) as facilitators. It was an amazing opportunity to increase our competences and at the same time to get to know better the organization, its methodology and its activities. After it our roads have been divided: Daria is gone back to Faro where she is continuing her internship. My adventure is instead proceeding in Brussels office. Little by little we’ve started to go deeper into the tasks of a youth worker working in international exchanges and programs: next deadlines for Erasmus+ and European Youth Foundation funds are approaching and we worked hard to wrote and submit great project proposals!