Youth Support System - Sub action 4.3– Support to Youth Workers’ Mobility
YALIM - Youth Active Learning in Moving
Adam Robson voluntary youth worker for Merseyside Expanding Horizons shares his experience of spending 6 months in Italy as part of a youth worker mobility project, YALIM Youth Active Learning in Moving".
A six month placement at Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo Danilo Dolci (CSC) in Palermo, Italy gave me the chance to live and experience another cultural and working environment, enriching my social skills and adaptability and giving me the opportunity to grow professionally.
The chaos of Palermo due to the noise, traffic and behavior of the local people (they use to shout everywhere without any concerns) was at first a culture shock but then suddenly became part of my daily life, involving me and making me feel comfortable and welcome in my new surroundings.
Although the staff and working atmosphere of CSC was similar to my working context as part of my activities were focused on EU projects, I had the chance to work at local level getting in contact with the local community and getting to understand the different cultures.As a multicultural city, Palermo is home to people coming from different countries and from different social contexts and backgrounds. These different communities live together in the city centre with its upsides and disadvantages.
The activities and projects carried out by CSC enabled me to communicate with and know more about these people from different cultural backgrounds, for example the Leonardo da Vinci TOI project “Interpreter training as Stepping Stone to work” targeted at immigrants.
The open desk and centre created by the Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo Danilo Dolci in collaboration with local partners within the project “Inventare il Futuro” funded by APQ – Regione Sicilia, allowed me to stay directly in contact with the local young people living in a disadvantaged area of the city, planning and participating to local workshops targeted at them. For example, I actively participated at the info desk for the promotion of mobility for young people funded by EU programmes such as the Youth in Action Programme, using myself as an example and sharing my experiences with others. This info desk along with the workshops I participated in aimed to increase the activeness and self esteem of young people living in this disadvantaged area of the city.
I participated in Reciprocal Maieutic Laboratories, delivered by staff of CSC in local schools within the ‘Sustain’ project and local activities in general aimed to promote this approach. This allowed me to experiment and further my understanding of this non formal education methodology and increase my knowledge in several thematic topics including as legality, citizenship, sustainable development and my self esteem.
Within the project ‘GIVE’ I learned about vocational education and about the Sicilian rural context, which I could also discover during my free time.
My 4.3 experience at CSC in Palermo exceeded my expectations and I acquired knowledge and social skills that will be useful for my future career goals. I plan to spread my experience and encourage other people to do the same experience as me.
To download the YALIM good practices click here
To read about Italian Youth Worker Irene La Pera's 4.3 experience in Liverpool click here
For more information about the Youth in Action Programme 2007-2013 please click here