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Niekada nepalikite rytojui to, ką galite padaryti šiandien. (Thomas Jefferson)

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Some impressions about experience as an internship student this summer in Belgium

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When my friends are asking me about how was my summer, where I was going and doing: I am simply answering: it was different and amazing. And it was like that indeed. What made it to be called like this, was the fact that I got the opportunity for the summer period to make an internship in Belgium, through Erasmus placement.

I was doing my internship in a youth organization named: Youth for Exchange and Understanding International (YEU) located in Brussels, which works on the youth field, using non formal education methods to increase tolerance and awareness between young people from different countries, cultures and traditions.  The internship that I was doing was a perfect opportunity to develop personal and professional skills. It was an experience that gave me valuable knowledge and skills about daily management of NGO; youth work field, policies issues, publications, organizing different events as well attending seminars and conventions on behalf of organization. Getting experience through internship it is a great way on implementing your knowledge on practice, learning the things by doing them, building your confidence and taking new initiatives.

So, while being part of the organization I had the chance to be part of different youth activities on behalf of organization, like seminars and conventions were people from EU and non EU countries were gathered together and discussing different issues and offering the best possible solutions. On those activities my role was a participant and facilitator. Being a facilitator was an experience that I really enjoyed a lot. My role was there, was to guide the participant on the different tasks that they needed to accomplish during each session, listening, encouraging the group discussion between participants, gathering their feelings and thoughts, suggestions, comments during the reflection groups organized in the end of each day.

Internship experience it is a great opportunity that give you the space  to take new initiatives and try new things that you have never done before by developing absolutely as sense of self realization. In this context while I was on the process of writing a manual for the organization about “How to use new media and social networking in youth work for advocacy proposes?”I came up with an idea that I was really interesting to further develop. It was about Storytelling. I decided to take a next step and I wanted learn how to implement this idea into practice. After I was discussing the idea with the director she was welcoming it and she was very helpful on explaining all the steps to follow on project writing. The title of the project is going to be “Empowering through Storytelling”. If the project will get approved it will take place in Lithuania, Kaunas on April 2015.

Expect the part of the work, I found some time to enjoy Belgium and visited some other cities around as well. Indeed, I think it is a country that always has something to offer and surprise. It is a country full of life and entertainments. As well, another pleasure part of this experience was tasted of the typical Belgian’s dishes. Just lovely!

The last thing that I would like to mention, but not the least is a big THANK YOU for the VDU University that constantly supports and offers to the students such a great and amazing opportunities.

 

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