After the first youth exchange, that held place from 14th to 21st of March, just in couple of days started the second one. To be precise, the second youth exchange ”We are all immigrants” was from 23rd to 30th of March. In this project, the other volunteers and I were leading the project together and we were a very important part of the said project. With the big role, came big responsibilities but that made our volunteering journey even more exciting. During these 7 days, we met some wonderful, inspiring people and we made so many valuable friendships. In this project, we had the opportunity to debate about the certain topic, we made drama workshops and many activities connected to the immigration issue. The participants were just amazing and we didn’t have any problem leading the group. I gained so much more knowledge about the immigration issue, I also improved my public speaking skills, leadership skills, I became more understanding and I also improved my multitasking skills. At the end of the youth exchange, we did an evaluation that summed up the entire positive outcome from this couple of days.
The video bellow can give you a much better picture how wonderful this couple of days were, so, check it out.
Not long after the second youth exchange, came the third, starting from 13th to 19th of April and called “United states Of Europe”. This time, we had much more experience, so we thought that it would be much easier. But unfortunately we learned a valuable lesson, that not every time we can have a total control over the things and that the difference between the participants takes a huge role in how the certain project will go. This time the participants were more difficult to lead, but with the help of the organization we got right on track with the activities and by the end of the project we managed to get the best out of this experience. I improved even more my multitasking skills and also I learned how to work under pressure and how to manage to get the best out of every difficult situation.
The 4th and last youth exchange that we had, ”Social youth entrepreneurship” held place from 23rd of April to 2nd of May. This youth exchange had a much more different topic from the ones we had before so it was a great opportunity for us to learn about the role of the young entrepreneurs in the society. This was a 10 days long project so we had even more time to learn about the certain topic and to make friends with the participants. We learned about various of products and skills and even though i still had the same role as before, leading the project with the other volunteers, this time i had even bigger chance to improve my public speaking skill which i value a lot.
The improvement of my public speaking came handy in my next task. Even before the youth exchange ended, on the 1st of May i left to Romania, to a conference called ”Not too late to speak”. Until the 5th of May i spent some wonderful days in Romania in a company of two Italian participants and in this days i realized how important is the knowledge i have from before. Not just my improved English, but also all the time and budget management, working under pressure, finding a quick solution in a difficult situation, multitasking and the most important, the public speaking. In this couple of days, trough many activities i learned about various ways to help the society, especially the elders to learn a new language and also i realized the importance of continuous learning even after we are out of school. I got so many ideas that i can implement during my EVS in Italy, but also after, when I’ll go home in my hometown.
After my return from Romania, two of the other volunteers and i, started a new task. This time it was teaching English in the high school. This was some great opportunity for us to get included even more in the society and to get to know even more people that are around our age. Teaching at the school was a challenge, but the result was truly satisfying because we got a great feedback from the kids as well as from the teachers.