Starting the journey from your doorstep
Some people consider the possibility of volunteering in another country, taking part in a youth exchange, studying or doing a traineeship abroad. However, sometimes it is difficult to find the information and start the process online. Fortunately, there are a lot of organisations dealing with youth information at local level that can help you to start your international experience from your home town.
“The information is much deeper and easier to understand when you receive it face to face”, says Ira Topalli, from the organisation Beyond Barriers, one of the Erasmus+ contact points in Albania. “Even though is not difficult to get the information on European mobility programmes online, everybody is invited to come to our office at any moment, and we will explain everything from step A to step Z. We also organise dissemination activities: for example, when the young people we sent to youth exchanges come back, we invite everybody to our office to listen to their experience and ask them questions”.
In this sense, the project coordinator of the EVS accredited organisation Don Bosko centre in Podgorica (Montenegro), Jela Radovic, states that “there is a contact point in the sending organisations which send people abroad for the European Voluntary Service, people can arrange a meeting with someone from the association that is closest to them and receive more information on the programme”. Check your closest EVS sending organisation.
Besides, if you want to check other possibilities abroad, there are more organisations available.
One of them is the platform Mladiinfo.eu which promotes free opportunities for young people to go abroad, like scholarships, internships or trainings and seminars. They are based in Skopje (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) but they have open offices in different countries like Albania or Montenegro. If you want to know more about opportunities abroad you can send them an email to ask for a consultancy session, where a person from the organisation can help you to find a suitable programme.
Stefan Alievikj, from Mladiinfo, believes that spending a period of your life studying, working or volunteering abroad is a life changing experience and very helpful for your personal growth: “It is a unique opportunity for you to build friendships beyond borders and institutions, or to fall in love with one country or new culture while learning something useful, and widening your knowledge. It is great to try as much as you can while you are young.”