I-Lab reaches young people and youth workers in Tortona
As presented in our previous article on activities for March 2018, YEU and our member organization La Fenice, had the chance to implement the training of the project. The training followed the expert's meeting that took place in November 2017. The process was demanding and expectations were high as the participants had to work on new approaches and methods on Intercultural dialogue and exchange. Moving through the days, the team and participants indeed met those expectations, reaching to 286 students and to groups of Youth Workers and refugees.
Danieal Sofia, one of our volunteers in Athens describes the project as inspirational.
“it was very interesting to me, because when I applied for the training course the only thought that I had was how to adapt these practices into my volunteering work in Athens. Working with refuges from different countries and being aware of the differences but not having a dialogue it’s the hardest. For me it was really important how to create that space in order to start a dialogue where we can learn from each other in every sense of intercultural sharing, I did achieve my expectation than to this project and the people who were part of it. This was the most interesting part, having all those different perspectives being influenced by different cultures and backgrounds of each individual in the project.
To assure follow up and further use of these new approaches, participants are expected to work on local level and use their experience and capacities as developed in I-Lab process. For example, our volunteers in Paris and Athens are now preparing to adapt and implement these methods and approaches in context that fits their local reality.
Murat Mislimi, another TTBW volunteer is finding that process very interesting.
“It was very great to have experience all those thing that happened in Italy. But personally I’m more excited to actually use that knowledge in my work with refugees here in Athens. The locals do accept and welcome refugees, they try to help as much as possible. But the main issue most of the time is that they don’t understand the differences they have between because of the cultural backgrounds they come with. And for me to use all that experience in a way that the local community and refugees to know more about each other and actually understand each other, that is the most important. “
Morover, Paco our Intern at YEU Office shared his first experience in this format of Mobility and Training, presenting it as a wonderful experience."
"I-Lab in Tortona gave me a chance to develop my communication skills and learn more about Intercultural Dialogue. I had the opportunity to use new educational approaches and the most important, I have a lot of good experiences to take back with me. On this occasion, I would like to thank YEU, La Fenice APS and the volunteers in Tortona for such an amazing event and for giving me the opportunity to be part of it."
YEU Policy Officer