A group of young people present their experiences in a Conference on International Mobility programs
On January 18th, a Conference of youth experiences in International Mobility programs called Lokaletik Check-Out: Mugitu zaitez! was held at the Amaia KZ- Cultural Centre in Irun (Basque Country, Spain) organized by the Youth Department of City Council of Irun, the Youth International Mobility Service of Irun and Europe Direct Donostia-San Sebastián.
The aim was to approach to young people the opportunities offered by different international programs such as Erasmus + and Young Basque Volunteers and to make public the International Youth Mobility Service of Irun. And not only inform, but make people reflect and motivate to participate in projects.
The dynamization of the event was directed by Pink Gorillas who made us travel from the beginning to the end simulating the session as a two-hour flight in a Boing-8704 with the company FlyErasmus, where there wasn’t missing flight attendants, snacks , turbulence, ... At the beginning, we were welcomed on board, introducing the flight captains; Councillor for Education and Youth of Irun; Josune Gómez Sarasola and the coordinator of the service; Oihane Amoedo Muiños, and the instructions to follow in case of emergency.
Then, we had ten youngsters between 14 and 27 years old who had the opportunity to tell their experience in an International Mobility program and where the public also had the opportunity to talk with them and ask questions. They showed their personal experiences in the different projects through photos and videos from their VIP area of the plane (the stage).
Three different types of programs were presented: Youth Exchanges and European Voluntary Service (within the Erasmus + program and which we also organize and coordinate from the service) and the program organized by the Basque Government; Young Basque Volunteers. In addition, we had another experience of a young girl collaborating with refugees in Greece.
It was an activity where different educational centres from the area were invited to and attended about 400 people as a public. Since some of the programs that were presented are aimed at young people between 13 and 30 years old, we addressed the audience to these ages. Thus, young people between 15 and 30 years old came (although also attended older ones).
In the second part of the event, the public had to think about some fears they may have or concern when travelling. They wrote it on a paper and made them fly to the stage in the form of an airplane. The "VIP travellers" broke the ice and among the messages received, some theatrical improvisations were made dealing with the difficulties when travelling in a fun way.
To conclude, as a preview, it was mentioned that soon we will have news about Youth Exchanges that are being organized for this summer and we end up with some turbulence and a forced landing.
Through this dynamic event, we wanted to convey that there are a lot of different international mobility opportunities where they can develop their skills; and that everyone has the opportunity to travel. You just have to be a motivated and eager person!
Written by Eurodesk Qualified Multiplier, KAEBNAI