Call for Visa Stories
Back in the years traveling was a hard decision for most of the people over the world as transportation was a huge obstacle. It was not only expensive and somehow unaffordable, but also unsafe. But still there are people who struggle to leave their homeland for a while. We do not talk about people who flee their countries because of war, drought, discrimination, and other problematic situations. We comment on the very ordinary version of mobility; going to another country to continue educations, to participate in a training course, and even to be a volunteer. Although the first group has tones of problems to arrive to their destination, the latter as well counters its own type troubles. It means the ones which are involved with obtaining visa. Thus, barriers of mobility still exist boldly, when you are labeled with non-EU stick.
We are told that we live in a globalized world, but still catching up this world is a matter of efforts for non-EU citizens. We everyday hear the stories of people who got admission from top ranked universities of Europe, or got accepted to participate in an NGO activity but when they come to the process of applying for the visa, in some occasions they became disappointed. Loads of documents that are asked to prepare, nonsensical amount of financial support and the manner of embassy staffs are the most common painful stories we have heard.
Now, YEU as an international organization is willing to listen to your visa stories within youth programmes or educational activities. Since YEU and its member organizations are involving with non-EU young people the same as young people coming from Europe in their activity, acknowledging of youth problems to access to these programs would be astounding in a sense to break the stereotypes of mobility as a simple act. Therefore, we are asking you to share your stories with us to see how is your personal experience is similar to the other people in different country. BUT, let’s have a little bit of fun out of that, we are young and creative, we want to put our energy in everything so please tell us your stories in an easy interesting way. Probably you are wondering how come such a sad story could be interesting, we tell you;
-Make a video of your story, be the narrator of your memory.
Upload your videos on YouTube and send us the URL. To know better what is the instructions, look up: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/57407?hl=en
-Tell your stories by showing us the documents you need to hand for the embassy; with telling us the list of required documents or sending us their images.
-If you have friends in a somehow similar situation, why not making a group conversation and record yourself?
-You have always dreamt of being an author? OK! Do not make yourself in to trouble; write your story for us.
-Use hashtags: #freedomofmovement #mobilityforall #yeuworld, #yeuinternational
Take in to account that you are free to choose among these options to illustrate your experiences. We are definitely looking forward to listening to all of them, and after collecting your precious memories, we are going to publish what were on your hearts.
Share your story here and it will be published in our publication on visa stories during 2015.