“It has been an awesome adventure!” This was the immediate reaction of Kristof Bence Szabo, a former IPC student and member of IPC Alumni, when I asked him about his study visit in Setubal, Portugal. Kristof participated in the project “Open Up to See”, a study visit co-financed by the Erasmus + Programme, that took take place in Setúbal, Portugal, from the 29th of June until the 5th of July. The project was organized by IPC Alumnis Portuguese partner organization, Ananda, and gathered 24 youth workers from Portugal, Albania, Armenia, Denmark, Egypt, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, UK and Norway.
The aim of the week-long project was to explore and understand the role of youth work towards the consequences of youth unemployment in young people. Through non-formal education methodologies, the project gave youth workers like Kristof the opportunity to visit innovative projects in Setúbal and Lisbon related to youth work, in the areas of entrepreneurship and healthy behaviours.
Last but not least it provided a space for intercultural learning and vvthe sharing of good practices and resources in order to establish future cooperation with the aim of working upon the consequences of youth unemployment. As Kristof puts it, “the week had great networking opportunities, there was space for us to get to know about each other and see if there may be possibility for cooperation between our NGOs in the future. The study visit made me more determined to work with NGOs, to innovate and develop my environment for the better.”
IPC Alumni will participate in another project in Setubal, Portugal, in September, where another 2 members of IPC Alumni will participate – with all expenses paid by the EU’s Erasmus+ Programme!
And there will be many more projects for members of IPC Alumni in the future – a great opportunity to travel around Europe and meet the world for FREE. Keep an eye on our facebook page and group, and send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in getting more involved with IPC Alumni!
To read more about our Portuguese partner, Ananda, and their projects, you can visit their website.