Re-Think Training Course in Strasbourg, France

An interview with Vessy’s and Emily’s impressions of the training course for youth worker

To begin, I am going to let you know some dry information, and I apologize for that. In the period of 17th to 22nd of April, a training course called Re-Think organized by Youth Express Network took place in Strasbourg to spread information about youth workers and how to help people from disadvantaged areas. The course was financed by Erasmus+ and European Youth Foundation programs. In this training course, two members of our organization participated there – Blagovesta Kotselova and Emili-Slava Petrova. Today I interviewing them, they are going to answer some of my questions, and to make it easier for both readers and the writer, I am going to use their nicknames – Vessy and Emily.

Re-Think Training Course in Strasbourg, France

What is the one thing from the Re-Think training course you will remember your whole life?

Vessy: The thing I will remember is the way our teamers helped us participants to get to know each other for that short time.

Emily: I will remember the ways the teamers made us participants who don’t know each other work as a team so that everybody can think about the task and the whole group can win.

Re-Think Training Course in Strasbourg, France

Which is your favorite moment of the training course?

Vessy: My favorite moment probably is the intercultural evening.

Emily: Even though we might sound the same, my favorite memory is the intercultural evening, too. The opportunity to learn more about different countries and cultures is priceless. I am so grateful for that because it is important to know our culture, and the other nations’ too so we can learn from them and their experience. 

Re-Think Training Course in Strasbourg, France
Re-Think Training Course in Strasbourg, France

How would you describe your Re-Think in one sentence?

Vessy: Intercultural adventure from thirteen countries around Europe.

Emily: A funny and crazy adventure, from which you learn a lot without realizing it in the first place.

Re-Think Training Course in Strasbourg, France

Which way do you think you learned more – from the sessions or the conversations with other people from different countries?

Emily: To be honest, I am not quite sure yet. From the lectures I learned a lot of new stuff, new methods to work with, and also new things I didn’t use to pay attention to, more information. From the conversations with others, I learned a lot about their life and the problems in their country. From the majority of the participants, you could learn a lot because they had much experience and were ready to share it with the rest of us. Although I am not answering completely to this question, to me I learn a lot both ways and it was so useful and joyful. 

Vessy: It’s hard for me to be more specific because both ways lead to learning useful information, but to pick one – it’s the lectures. Communicating with the participants made me rethink more about what information is spread and to understand it better and see it from different points of view.

Re-Think Training Course in Strasbourg, France
Re-Think Training Course in Strasbourg, France

Would you recommend similar training courses to other people your age and why?

Vessy: Yes, I would, because I not only learned a lot but also developed new skills. I believe it is important to be educated in topics like social inclusion and youth work so that while we are still young we can be able to help each other better and not do it only when we have a crisis, but learn how to avoid it. 

Emily: I would recommend it too because everybody should know about social inclusion and youth work at any age. To me, it is important too for people to have the opportunity to know about more countries and people’s lifestyle and also experience our adventure with this training course themselves.

Vessy and Emily: Last but not least, we want to thank you for having this chance to be part of this course. We learned so much for ourselves and the world too, and we hope that others can follow us too!

Re-Think Training Course in Strasbourg, France