After two years, the project that involved nine European countries and empowered a Strong Youth Network for a Long Term Positive Change in CE Europe is about to be finished. What did we reach during the two years? Where should we head next? What kind of programs would we like to create together in the future? – the Malteser Youth International Network was trying to find answers for these questions during their meeting in October, in Germany.
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Encouraging personal and professional development by sharing skills and competences and creating steps and plans for 2018 in order to reach the sustainability of the network – the previous meeting of Malteser Youth International Network in Albania from 8-11 June was focusing on these topics.
Helping children and parents, organizing events, sorting clothes, supporting colleagues in their daily, regular tasks. Teresa Konecka, a volunteer from Poland, works in the Temporary Shelter for Families at Szatmár utca, Zugló. Natalia Puchajda, Polish EVS volunteer is reporting.
Team building with the X&Y game, creating a long carpet from the National Plan of Actions, trading with our skills at the market of competences – some of the methods that were used during the recent meeting of Malteser Youth International Network in Ukraine in order to reach the vision and “Inspire youth work that matters”.
When the Polish volunteer, Krystian started to work at the Temporary Shelter for Families in Békásmegyer, he didn’t know what tasks he will have. He was scared, but also excited. Now, after two months he knows much more. Our EVS volunteer, Natalia Puchajda is reporting.
Reaching the common view, increasing motivation and communication, strengthening group cohesion – these were the objectives of the meeting of the Malteser Youth International Network in Poland, in the beginning of November. The hard work resulted in a new structure, promising project ideas and an elected leadership team, helping the journey of the network in the future.
Volunteer psychologists are holding individual sessions, group sessions, movie clubs and team-building trainings at the facilities of the Hungarian Charity Service of the Order of Malta. Their presence may not only result in positive changes in the lives of clients, but may also strengthen these young people in their role as psychologists.
European Voluntary Service recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. For this reason we organized a mini festival around volunteering abroad in the city of Salgótarján, on the 17th June. Experienced travelers, experts, volunteers shared their stories about why it worth to cross the borders.