The 3rd Transnational Meeting within the project “Europe for all” took place in Pavia, Italy from May 26 to May 28 2019.
Association Porta Nuova Europa hosted the coordinators of the other 3 international partner organisations in Pavia: Achieve More Scotland (Scotland), Association “Inspiration” (Vdahnovenie) (Bulgaria) and Jugendakademie Walberberg (Germany) with the University of Applied Sciences of Cologne (TH Köln) for the scientific accompaniment.
During the meeting, the partners have been discussing about the barriers and opportunities for youths with fewer opportunities to participate in the ESC program. Discussions that focused as well about the concept and definition of this specific group and the difficulties the organizations are coping with to recruit, support and involve them.
Besides, some ex and future European volunteers took part in the Meeting and were involved in the activities. This extra perspective has given a different impulse to the discussions which took place. A group of young volunteers from Germany, Italy and Bulgaria were invited to share and exchange their ideas, expectations and motivations for participating in the Short Term ESC projects which will be organized during the summer of 2019 in Bulgaria, Germany and Scotland. Afterwards they presented their findings and conclusions to all the partners.
One of the volunteers proposed to create a (Digital) “Youthnetwork”, a network of future and ex-volunteers , these last ones can support future volunteers by using digital tools (information video’s , chat-functions, support sessions for writing CV and motivational letter, how to find an appropriate project, prepare yourself, what to pack into your suitcase… etc. A Peer to Peer tool.
The partners have been invited to participate in some preparation activities carried out by the local partner Babele ONLUS. They manage different Youth Centers in Pavia and their work is especially addressed to young people with fewer opportunities. The youngsters who frequently visit their Centres, prepared some icebreakers and energizers for the partners and afterwards a common discussion took place about “How to make Erasmus+ (ESC) more Inclusive”.