If you like travelling, knowing other cultures, are under 30 years old and willing to live in a world more tolerant and united, Brussels was your place among this weekend. From 7-11 September the European Youth Forum (YFJ) hosted at the European Parliament Esplanade the II Youth Convention on Volunteering, with the presence of 99 members made up of national youth councils and international non-governmental youth organizations. This year it was also a flagship event for the EU-China Year of Youth.
“The YFJ works to empower young people to participate actively in society to improve their own lives, by representing and advocating their needs and interests and those of their organizations towards the European Institutions, the Council of Europe and the United Nations”. Hundreds of youngsters from all over world and specially Europe participated in the different conferences, training activities, information days and hearings with institutions, followed by concerts of all kind of music, from Balcanic to Chinese.
It was the perfect opportunity to know the role of youth volunteering work, its different archievements, assets, doubts, ways, fears, but also the tools necessaries to find a project that suits your needs and wills. Each organization was set in a different marquee, and as a part of the YFJ, the EVS had its own.