Internship in YEU- Taking about experiences
The decision to carry out an internship of six months, from 01/03/2016 to 01/09/2016, in the city of Brussels, Belgium, was dictated by my desire for growth, change and the curiosity to fully understand the mechanisms and rules that regulate non-governmental and non-profit organizations. Last summer I decided, therefore, to get in touch with Tamara Gojkovic, the Secretary General of the NGO "Youth For Exchange and Understanding", on the advice of a friend and a former student of the University of Pavia.
The activities that I carried out during the internship are several and different. Firstly, I was involved to complete daily administrative procedures, to assist with the coordination and the implementation of projects, in the organization and participation in events, arranged by YEU itself or by partner organizations both in Belgium and in other states, seminars and training courses for young educators and facilitators, experts in the non-formal education methodology. After a few months the training started, I was already giving my contribution to the preparation of project proposals and to the supervision of the European legislations and youth policies.
Among the main skills I acquired during this stage, there is the ability to create and implement projects and the ability to organize and coordinate events, educational seminars and training courses, in every single aspect. I was offered the opportunity to participate in events arranged by YEU and I was able to make an excellent and enjoyable newtworking, I gained skills in civil and social work consolidating my knowledge about European legislation and policy, youth work and its focuses.
The international environment in which I had the opportunity to carry out the internship is in an office located in Brussels, a great lively atmosphere, with nice, active people always available which helped me in learning more about various international issues and who taught me the importance of consider and compare different perspectives, cultures and opinions. They showed me what intercultural dialogue is and how to listen and foster the European youth community as the next guarantor of the future of our continent and the European system promoting values and principles that should foster all European citizens to be united without discrimination of any kind.
As for my personal assessment and the end of the traineeship period, I firmly believe that my experience in YEU office was extremely positive because it allowed me to grow personally as well as professionally. The aspect of the work that positively impressed me the most beyond what I learned in the administrative office, was certainly sharing experiences and opinions with the people I worked with and participants of the various partner organizations I had the pleasure to meet during events.
A special thank goes not only to YEU organisation itself but especially to the Administrative office, to my mentors Tamara Gojkovic, Secretary General, Giulia Annibaletti, Project Officer and to Panagiotis Chatzmichail, Policy Officer. They have been my family during these months and my travel companions during this amazing trip which is YEU International.
By Erika Maugeri