Since I first got involved with Erasmus+ just a few weeks ago, my life has been a whirlwind of activity and opportunity. First of all was the Future Europe Future You program at Newland Park, where young people came from across Europe to host a conference in the middle of London, helping to project our hopes and intentions for a united European future. It was a great experience, and I was eager to build more bridges with Momentum World and Erasmus+.

Little did I know, the opportunity was right around the corner. Before I knew it, I was off to Turin in northern Italy, for the Ever and Ever Green! program APV. The exchange itself takes place from July 12th, and is focused on environmental education and sustainable development. I expect I’ll learn a great deal whilst fulfilling my role as UK Team Leader.

After lunch with a friend in Milan I shot off back to London, and made my way to Newland Park again for the Europeers training course. The participant group was much smaller in comparison to the Future Europe program, just 10 or 11 in comparison to more than forty. This made for a great learning environment, and together we organised a street action event in nearby Amersham, to engage with the public and promote Erasmus+ opportunities.

As we all know, here in the UK one of our greatest challenges is public awareness; there’s so much going on and relatively few people taking advantage of the opportunities available to them. The Europeers training helped me to realise the inherent skills I have in communication, thanks to years in the hospitality industry and what’s more, I came to see how easy it is to make a difference; we planned, organised and undertook the event all in one day, and had dozens of promising conversations with young and old alike.

Alongside pre-existing skills, now I have the enthusiasm to make a difference, in an area which I feel is of great importance to the future, and access to a network which can make it happen.

Thank you for that opportunity, and here’s to whatever comes next.

You can follow my story by checking out my blog at: https://touchdownunderblog.wordpress.com/category/youth-exchange/

By Joseph

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