At Voluntaria, all of the workshops were connected to one of the three following topics, one of them being directly connected to our main theme:
Theme-related: “Global Citizenship”
As YFU continues to develop as an organisation and questions its place in the world, a new vision statement has been decided upon by the International Advisory Council in November 2015. The current vision of YFU says: “Youth for Understanding envisions a peaceful world with responsible and global citizens. Because of this vision, its aim is to advance intercultural understanding, mutual respect, and social responsibility for youth, families and communities”.
EEE-YFU is convinced that this mission should be reflected in practices, educational resources and activities as well as core exchange programmes provided by YFU worldwide, and thus its focus this year is on Global Citizenship Education.
“If our hopes of building a better and safer world are to become more than wishful thinking, we will need the engagement of volunteers more than ever.“ said former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan. We believe, agreeingly, that accomplishing our own mission is only possible by making sure that our organisational structures and volunteer networks, locally and internationally, are strengthened and that we make sure all our volunteers have opportunities for constant learning and personal growth. In the workshops provided, we believe there is something to take home for everyone, both for the organisation and the individual.
Since the very beginning we have been very clear to ourselves that Voluntaria was never supposed to be a regular training, or even a training at all. Why should it? If we have the opportunity to gather such a diverse group of YFUers from so many different countries, why limit ourselves when what we really want to do is celebrate volunteering? This is why in the programme, you will find a salsa session, an improv theatre workshop or a body attack frenzy right next to the aforementioned, seemingly more serious topics. Why not make the most of the moment and the great company and take a break from all those tedious sessions – ¿swinging those (soon-to-be) latin hips?