55 participants created their Europe from Scratch on 35th YEU Convention in Belgium
It was a nice sunny day in Brussels city. We arrived during the day and we already started to meet with each other in the airport. We all came for 35th convention of YEU “Europe from scratch”. When we arrived to the “De Waterman” youth hostel in 21st of July, there were some people from core team, facilitators, YEU GB members and YEU office. After took a rest, we started to design plenary room and core team working place. YEU PET members Igor Jojkic and Ieva Rasita leaded 3 days TOT for core team and facilitators. We build very good and super energetic team.
Convention started, 55 young people came from 11 different countries. We were happy, ready and with full of expectations, both side:
- Participants were expecting new friends, new knowledge, new contacts, fun and discover YEU experiences.
- Core team and facilitators were expecting to meet new generation, new members, to learn each other in the team and to get new experience.
23rd of July 2016 – It was second day of the Convention and a great day in YEU history that celebrating 30th anniversary with YEU Alumni, YEU Governing Board, YEU Member Organizations and YEU friend organizations in convention.
Team building of village groups started with lots of fun and positive energies with YEU Birthday celebration. We had four village groups: “Jagger Masters”, “Sky Divers”, “Foodland”, “Europia”. Each group had their specific identities, flag, values, history, traditions and management.
Our days replaced each other with different colorful activities and positives. First 5 days in Brussels city we had opportunity to meeting with YEU GB and we had different activities for teambuilding of village groups, for introduction of topic of Convention “Europe from Scratch”, for presentations of home works with several interviews of different people “Europe in my country” and for personal reflection in learning proses. While we were talking about Europe Today and History of Europe, we had Parliamentarium visit to understand different functions and features of European Institutions. The same time it was great opportunity to reach history of Europe. In different village groups, we had done together many creative sessions, interviews in the city and theater performances. We shared cleaning and cooking responsibilities as well.
It was fresh morning after raining a bit in the night. People were sleepy (of course after partying whole night). It was our traveling day, to move from Brussels city to another nice place in the middle of the nature Ronse city. We packed and moved.
Green nature, fresh air and open sky with sunshine welcomed us in Ronse city. This amazing place gave much more energy, fresh ideas and happiness to the entire group to keep group dynamic and positive mood.
In Ronse we had chance to discuss, analyses and plan our personal, national and team action plan for the future of Europe through “Europe Tomorrow” session. The same time all participants, facilitators and core team together, we created and worked on in the publication of “Europe from scratch” to share with YEU family.
During 35th of Convention, we achieved our objectives as facilitators, we reached our expectations as participants and we practice one more experience as core team that was amazing!
Sabina Sadixova (Core team)