I met interesting people and gained information about the project…
We started AID4NEETS training in Kiskunfelegyhaza, Hungary, on 28.06.2023. We began with integration and team-building tasks. However, we quickly moved on to themed workshops where we discussed the NEETs group, working with volunteers and their needs using Maslow’s pyramid. We also created our own workshops.
In addition, we experienced some Hungarian food and customs. The city we lived in was well-maintained and rich in unique architecture.
I’m glad I could take part in this training. I met interesting people and gained information about the project.
Thank you very much!
Agnieszka, Training in Kiskunfélegyháza – “AID4NEETS“
I came back inspired by actions of other people and organisations. I feel empowered in terms of my own motivation to work with youth…
I had the opportunity to participate in an Erasmus+ training course for the first time. I often wanted to participate in a youth exchange or another type of mobility, but I could only do so now due to various circumstances. When I saw the training topic, I thought it’s worth trying despite the concerns I had. I was mainly worried about language – I was wondering whether my English level was enough to participate fully in classes. I wanted to get as much out of them as possible so that I could use the gained knowledge in the future. Besides, I heard a lot about Erasmus+ projects from LEVEL UP people. Everyone recalled these trips as a fantastic adventure after which you still crave more. I felt further encouraged listening to these stories.
The training took place in a city with an intriguing name, Kiskunfélegyháza, Hungary (I was very proud of myself when, halfway through the project, I finally learned how to pronounce it 🙂). For over a week, we have dealt with the topic of volunteering as a way to develop the potential of people belonging to the NEET group – not in employment, education or training. We shared tools, methods and techniques for working with youth and possibilities of enhancing our own development through self-directed learning. All this in the form of exercises, group work, conversations with other participants and workshops we conducted. In addition to gaining knowledge and skills, there was also time to present our organisations and gain new international contacts, which could lead to cooperation in the future. Moreover, between classes, we could discover the culture, cuisine and history of Hungary. During the cultural evening, we were able to get to know better the countries of all trainees.
The whole trip was a completely new experience for me. I’m glad I could be a part of this event. I came back inspired by the actions of other people and organisations. I feel empowered in terms of my own motivation to work with youth. I also now see the Erasmus+ programme itself as a great platform for action. I’m convinced it’s worth exploring and discovering opportunities awaiting us.
Were my concerns about the language correct? Hmm, the beginnings definitely weren’t easy, but I don’t regret it. If you’re feeling the same way, if it’s the only thing stopping you from taking part in a mobility, don’t give up on these plans. Only after trying, you’ll know if this form of gaining knowledge and experience is good for you.
I encourage you to take part in non-formal education mobilities, because you can get to know yourself better this way. Of course, others too🙂 However, I think that proving yourself in different situation is exceptionally valuable. These experiences stay with us forever, and you never know when they might come in handy.
Justyna, 26 years old, Training in Kiskunfélegyháza – “AID4NEETS“
My favourite part of the training was the group creation of workshops and then its implementation alongside all project participants…
It was my first project, so I was really stressed in the beginning. I have experience as a volunteer on such projects in Poland, but it was my first time as a participant. The city in which the project took place was small and atmospheric. I got to know it from a tourist side, because we had a visit to the city hall and the city library. I ate traditional Hungarian dishes, i.e. langos, and I understood that Hungarians like salty food a lot. The organisers and the volunteers were always available for us to contact. The project itself was very interesting for me thematically, because I wanted to deepen my knowledge about NEET people. Thanks to work group, I learnt methods, solutions and ways to help these people and also myself. Besides group tasks, we did some individually. They allowed me to look at a given issue from a different perspective. My favourite part of the training was the group creation of workshops and then its implementation alongside all project participants. It allowed me to see what the workshop organisation looks like and which mistakes to avoid when I create my own workshop in the future. From LEVEL UP’s side, I had ongoing contact with the project coordinator who answered all my questions.
I encourage you to take part in non-formal education mobilities, because they are an experience that people wouldn’t find anywhere else. During the trip, you can get to know yourself from a completely new angle and meet wonderful people from different countries. Project participants from all over the world meet in one place and pursue shared goals, which is extremely inspiring and motivating when they return to their country.
Maria, Training in Kiskunfélegyháza – “AID4NEETS“