It was 1999 and we were between the ages of 15 and 17 and loved juggling, drums, camping and concerts... We never missed one and wanted to enjoy our free time as much as possible. We used to spend the day wandering here and there, going to celebrations in the town, doing workshops or processions and activities at school... and as a result of the support from the Youth Council, we formed our youth group 'Los Gusanos' (The Worms).
When we founded our Youth Association 'Mojo de Caña' on 9th May 2001, Europe Day, and we never imagined that we could have come so far.
We owe the name 'Mojo de Caña' to our friend Gerardo Pérez, as during a concert when we still didn't have a name for the association, 'Mojo de Caña' came to him: a mixture of ideas that had been suggested a few months before.
Since then we've been working especially with young people and from their perspective through social and cultural projects and services. In 2011 we dove into European programmes and projects, particularly Youth in Action, now called Erasmus+, participating in training courses and carrying out European volunteer projects and youth exchanges.
As a result of our continued work, in 2012 we were recognised regionally and nationally and awarded the Canary IslandsYouth Prize and the National Youth Prize for Entreprenurial Initiatives in the area of Employment.
Since then it has been NON STOP to create a large network with European partners, with whom we have carried out more than 10 projects per year. These projects are mainly to benefit young people in the Canary Islands so that they can make the most of the great opportunities that Europe provides as far as mobility, training, volunteering, exchanges, formal or informal education, entrepreneurship, culture... to improve and widen their skills, compliment traning, improve their level of languages, experience new things and maybe even change their lives, as it has for us and the majority of people who have participated in our European programmes here at Mojo de Caña.
Once you learn about Europe, you'll see an island full of opportunities where you define the limits.
If you want to make the most of the opportunities offered by Europe and Mojo de Caña to improve mobility, volunteering, training, employment, information for young people, social and job placement, experience new things and opportunities, we can help you.
Particularly at a European level, we promote the European Voluntary Service. We act as a body to send, receive and coordinate European volunteers.We run youth exchanges such as 'Circus for Inclusion' and participate in 3-4 per year, which you can join in and learn which counts for the Europass and Youthpass.
We are currently in the process of receiving European entrepreneurs through the programme Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs. Starting this summer, we will be able to offer English courses in London through the Docklands Academy and our future branch in the country.
If you're looking for work, training or volunteering, we urge you to find out more about us, as we have a Youth Employment Strategy to improve job placement for young people. Have a look at the job offers, come and do work experience or volunteering with us or come and find out more in our offices in Gran Canaria or Tenerife.
Sign up to Mojo de Caña and join in our activities, you will be able to receive advice, training and volunteer courses, social and cultural entertainment and mobility in Europe.
If something catches your attention, don't hesitate to contact us and we will do all we can to HELP YOU.
Author: Naroe Valls O'Shanahan – Association Mojo de Caña
Written by Eurodesk Qualified Multiplier, Canarias