Kinga:”6 weeks in Latvia as a volunteer”

I applied to the project, because I wanted to know another culture (or more than one), country, habits, and the operation of a Youth House.

Because in Hungary we don’t know this kind of organisations. We have sports activities and music lessons, but this kind of space of creativity and support doesn’t exist. So I was really curious. And my first opinion was, that it is so friendlier, that the leaders can help to the youngsters to realize their own ideas, but not as a teacher, a parent or a boss, but as a big brother or sister, or a more experienced friend. That was really enjoyable.

We really got to  know this atmosphere and live in it, because we were in the Youth house day and night.

We organised a Youth Festival in Ventspils, which would be a common child formed from our ideas. That was really interesting, because we were from 8 different countries and with different cultures, so the ideas were really colorful. We planned games, built art installations and promoted the festival with a pop up tent, which was a little bit hard for us, because people are more closed in Latvia than for example in Hungary.

After the work we went out, or did common activities together with the latvian youngsters, who helped us a lot to know the country and the habits of latvians. We went together to the beach of Ventspils too, and other cities, as Liepaja, Talsi or Kuldiga. My impression about Latvia is that there is a huge pine forest but not a lot of people. So it’s more natural than Hungary.

Finally the festival was a really successful project and maybe people (specially youngsters) could realize, that there is such an  inspiring open space, with amazing people not just only durring the  summer but also during the whole year.

Projekts "Jaunatne iesaistās" tiek finansēts ar Eiropas Komisijas “Erasmus+: Jaunatne darbībā”, kuru Latvijā administrē Jaunatnes starptautisko programmu aģentūra, atbalstu.

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