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YEU International welcomes 4 Italian Interns

31/05/2017

After the agreement between an Italian Organization - OPES Organizzazione Per l’Educazione allo Sport and YEU, we are happy to announce the arrival of 4 volunteers. The just started in May and will be with us for 10 months. Get to read a bit abou their experience of moving to a new country, becoming part of YEU and generally about their profiles. 

Simone: My main goal was to come to Brussels and work in an international organization in contact with the European Union. In addition, I considered the contents of the project that the partner organization of Rome presented us interesting and, if properly implemented, a practical help for young Europeans looking for new and enriching opportunities for mobility and job opportunities. I began to get informed about YEU's activities through their social media pages, and I immediately realized that it was a place that could contribute to my personal development.

After several working and studying experiences in France, moving to Brussels did not represent a huge change, though every context has its own peculiarities, which I am trying to fully understand, in order to be able to get functionally integrated into such a multicultural environment. With YEU I expect to gain experience in project management, in order to improve my skills about the various stages of development – from the initial idea to the practical implementation – and maturate professional competence.

Giulia: This is my first experience abroad, so I did not know exactly what to expect: my approach was of total openness and curiosity. The ability to move to such an important city as Brussels and to start making experiences in an international context was my greatest motivation. I discovered YEU through the Opes association in Rome, which proposed a project in Brussels. After seeing YEU's website and having understood that it was a young and dynamic organization, I realized that it could represent a great opportunity for personal growth. The move from Rome to Brussels was a bit more difficult than I thought. I've been involved in a new context and I experienced the first difficulties, but after some issues, things are now getting better. I have been able to fully settle in this new life and this new city, both in terms of work and personal life. I know it will be a formative experience overall.

From these 10 months I expect to improve my attitude, expand my perspective and to acquire new skills and knowledge, especially in the professional field. I want to enhance myself the most, thanks to the possibilities offered by YEU.

Stefano: After graduating I began to look at the various opportunities and possible paths to take, the possibility to leave for Brussels and participate in this project was the one that convinced me the most. I discovered YEU's activities through the site and the Facebook page. In particular, I was impressed by the area of intervention aimed at non formal education and training, as it is related to my academic background and my experience as sports trainer.

I have been in contact with young people for some years, and I want to continue to make my contribution to changing educational methods. I hope that the transfer to Brussels is only the first step towards other projects abroad. I am a person who fits without difficulties in new contexts, but after the arrival I was impressed by the change of perception of things that mattered before I left, and now seem futile or unnecessary. I would like to make the most of the opportunities offered in YEU and I'm glad we have been deeply involved, from the beginning, in all the activities of the organization. I hope that at the end of my path within YEU, I can say that I have fully developed the competences relating to policy and advocacy strategies, as well as the more general skills.

Cristiano: After taking part in several international mobility projects, the prospect of coming to Brussels and working for a European organization directly involved in project management seemed to me very interesting to understand the complex dynamics behind their realization. The official website and the social networks were the main channels through which I started to get familiar with YEU's vision and activities and to develop interest in them: many of the projects involve important social issues on which I think there is still a lot of work to do.

My main expectations were therefore to contribute to the realization of projects in an open and dynamic context and to live in a significant part of Europe that I had no direct experience yet. Furthermore, I am particularly interested in the organization's communication dynamics and strategies and I would like to contribute to their improvement and, at the same time, improve my competences in the field. Moving to Brussels (my first time in a mostly French-speaking country) is also an opportunity for me to enhance the (for now limited) knowledge of this language.

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Hoping that they will get to meet ther expectations. From our side, guys and girl welcome to our YEU family. 

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Simone Salvati

Giulia Muzzurru

Stefano Gandini

Cristiano Altamura

Comments by

Panagiotis Chatzimichail


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