News from Faro Office
After some busy times we had at the 33rd YEU International Youth Convention in Overijse, Belgium the time has come to go back to sunny Portugal and continue with the work in the office here.
The Convention was an amazing experience for me – not only I had a chance to learn more about green sustainability and meet great new friends but also I had a chance to challenge myself taking up a completely new role for me – that one of a facilitator in a youth event.
Elena, my fellow intern in Faro, is continuing her work in the Brussels office now, so unfortunately I’m in the office alone and have no one to complain about when the Internet is not working (hot spot is offline are really becoming my “favorite” words).
The working schedule after coming back from the Convention is rather intense, as it always is when forking for an NGO – so many important things that have to be done in as little time as always J It is a challenge but isn’t a challenge what makes us learn? Although right now I have to divide my mind and work on few completely different things at the same time I hope I will manage to do them all as well as I can.
For now the main things I was working on included developing a questionnaire aiming to find out how European youth activities change the feeling of European identity and European citizenship among young people taking part in them. The questionnaire is on line already so spend 5 minutes to fill it in please – that’s going to give me something to work on later, as we are also in process of preparing a publication on the topic. The publication will explain the notions of European Citizenship and identity as well as it will show the results of the questionnaire we developed. We are really hoping for your contribution and giving us some answers to the questionnaire. The more of them we get the better the analysis and the results will be. Stay tuned for the publication and fill in the questionnaire!
As the next Erasmus+ deadline is approaching I will also try (for the first time in my life!) to develop a project that can be submitted and if approved later implemented – I’m really excited and really looking forward to finishing it – it really is a challenge! The project I will be writing is going to tackle the issues of gender equality, especially in the times of the financial crisis that we have now. A call for partners is out so if your organizations would like to be a partner send your mandate.
We are finishing the Open Campus project – we’ve been developing the Manual on “How to use new media and social networking in youth work for advocacy purposes?” which by now finished and just needs a little polishing and proof reading. I’m really excited to see some of the things we’ve been working on for some time almost finished and getting the shape we desired. I hope that very soon we will be able to share the results of our work with all of you – the Manual is very practical and I think that all you will be able to get some information that can be useful in your everyday work for the third sector, in terms of advocacy.
A you can see there are a lot of things going on in the Faro office, and probably even more in the Brussels office. Even though it summer time the YEU team of interns is working hard and trying to learn as much things as possible in the time of our internships.
As the time of my internship is very quickly coming to an end I can just say one thing - it’s just an amazing, challenging and interesting summer for me thanks to YEU!
Very warm greetings from the sunny Portuguese Office!