Anyone who knows me will tell you I am an adventurer and this has totally stemmed from my experience of international programmes in the UK, Europe and the World through Youth in Action and Erasmus+ programmes to name a few.
My first programme was back in 2007 when I got the chance to be a film maker on a project between Bulgaria, Macedonia and Albania and I absolutely loved it. I was meeting people from all over Europe, being creative with a new form of media and being independent in a way I had never experienced before. This programme was the beginning of my love for film making, story telling and travel!
One of my most eye opening and life changing programmes was back in 2013 when I was part of a job shadowing programme in South America! I went out to Paraguay where I shadowed youth workers out there who were working in the rural communities teaching young people business skills. It was a completely different way of life to the one I was use to back in Yorkshire no computers and mobile phones for a start. But it was more than that, I saw a passion in these young people that I hadn’t seen in kids in my own school for a long time, a passion to learn, a passion to be educated and to grasp every opportunity offered to them. This really sparked something in me and confirmed in my gut that I wanted to work with young people using my skills in film and media to ensure they could and would grasp opportunities offered to them and let new experiences and international work develop their outlook and personality as it has done mine.
Now 8 years on from that first project (with a BA(Hons) degree in Film and Television production) I have been involved in so many international programmes it seems like it can’t really be true. I have been a participant, I have been a volunteer, I have been a member of staff and I have been a trainer. Through all these programmes and through all these roles I have developed into an international citizen, who beliefs and values are more informed from experience first hand. If you don’t believe me when I say these programmes change lives, I say experience an international programme yourself, see through someone else’s eyes, live someone else’s life and then tell me you haven’t been changed.