A letter from YEU participants: A YEUish / JUBenile experience enriching the youthful city of Groningen
For one week, Groningen, a small city in the Netherlands, was the centre of an intercultural exchange. The JUB/YEU training course “Migration: Enriching societies– Training for youth leaders on inclusion techniques” took place in this student city, enhancing even more its youthful surroundings.
People from different cultures and backgrounds from all over Europe took part in the training course and enriched the group with their different points of view while discussing various topics: What is an immigrant? What does integration mean? How can we work on migration in future activities?
Under the lead of enthusiastic trainers, the participants worked every day on these questions, providing an intensive but definitely interesting programme. One of the training’s strengths was the diversity regarding the activities and the way the knowledge came about. It was not only by group discussions that the topic was explored, but also through a larger variety of activities like image theatre, the personal story of an immigrant and a group simulation. Every day we got deeper into the subject.
We did not only learn about the concept of migration and migrants, but we also learnt about ourselves. There was also some free time to explore the beautiful little town of Groningen, to enjoy its vibrant nightlife and to try some of the particularities of Dutch culture: riding bikes, eating “stroopwafels”, walking in the rain and other nice Dutch stuff. We did it all!
At the end of the week a strong and enthusiastic group was ready to leave the Netherlands, full of new ideas for future local and international projects.
We’ve got the tools, now let’s build some bridges!