The core-shaking experience of the IYC 2012
Being the Core Team freshman in YEU’s International Youth Convention is a big challenge loaded with experiences and learning opportunities. But one can never imagine unless he hears it from the man himself. Thus, IYC 2012 Core Team member Sebastian Janzon reveals all about the un-conventional experience of IYC 2012 and on being part of the Core Team for the first time!
1) What was the topic of this year's convention and why was this specific topic chosen?
This year’s topic was the interconnection between volunteering, employment and social cohesion. In the present days of the rising economical and social crisis, it is much needed to investigate and discuss about how to foster social cohesion through volunteering and employment opportunities.
2) What did the participants do during the Convention?
There were many activities whose aim was to explore the issues of volunteering/employment and social cohesion in different countries. And, for sure there were more informal experiences like the “Grandmother’s party” in Palese, the visit to the city of L’Aquila (destroyed by an earthquake in 2009), the tour of Rome and the barbecue with the local community in Ostia, that made this project a mix of the usual non-formal education methodologies and other opportunities for the direct discovery of the topics in the place where the convention was held.
3) What was special / different about this convention? Any unique surprises?
Since it was my first experience in a YEU convention I am not sure of what was different or surprising from previous events, but I can say that the hosting organizations, YEU MOs Affabulazione and Impronta Giovani, and the Core Team did their best to make this convention unforgettable for both participants and facilitators. And, if I can add, the presence of such a skilled chef as Berto made the participants get to know Italy also from the more “culinary” aspect!
4) You were a Core Team member for the first time, and it is such a big event! How was the experience?
Simply great; I have wanted to be part of a team like this for a long time, and work with experienced people I have always admired since I began participating in YEU activities. I admit that at the beginning I was afraid that I couldn’t stand to my duties or that I didn’t have enough skills or the right attitudes to be as good as it was needed to deal with such a big event, but at the end the feedback received by participants, facilitators and core team itself showed me that I managed to do my best.
5) What were the challenges you had to face?
The training for the facilitators that took place before the convention started was probably one of the biggest challenges in my life, especially because I already knew some of the other facilitators and I was expected to deliver them something concrete about attitudes and knowledge. But, the biggest challenge was for sure when in Ostia I had to take care of the logistics and of some program activities.
6) What would you advise someone who would like to try out the Core Team in a future YEU event?
First of all not to be afraid of his/her capabilities; experience comes with experience, and nothing stimulates learning than doing something together with experienced people always ready to support you in developing skills and gaining knowledge. Then, the most important thing when working with young people is to be confident and positive, it helps in building a sense of trust which is very important in a project where anything can happen, both logistic- and personal-wise.
And of course, smile, smile and smile!
Sebastian Herbert Janzon