We participated in the "YAIS 2.0" program that took place in Villablanca, Spain. The program's theme centered on volunteering and how it can be a meaningful and productive way to spend one's leisure time. Its primary goal was to educate all the participants about how free time can enrich their lives, provide new experiences, and contribute to their social environment and local community. It taught us that leisure time is precious and doesn't always have to be consumed by social media or the internet. Volunteering is a path to personal growth and has a significant impact on the community in which you live.
Beyond its main theme, the program also provided us with a fantastic opportunity to interact with people from various countries, expanding our worldview and fostering new friendships with individuals from diverse backgrounds. During our stay, we attended numerous workshops dedicated to learning about volunteering, such as the "World Cafe." In this workshop, the main theme was divided into different categories like local volunteering and NGOs. It offered everyone a platform to discuss their opinions and experiences regarding volunteering as a whole and why it holds importance and impacts the entire community.'
We engaged in various activities, including walking dogs from the animal shelter, participating in beach cleanup efforts, and conversing with firefighters, who are integral members of our society. We also took part in group activities that enhanced our teamwork and creativity. Additionally, the program featured culture nights that focused on 2-3 countries. During these nights, the representatives from these countries shared their customs, traditions, values, and interesting facts about their homeland. These culture nights allowed us to savor delicious foods from different countries, experience traditional folk dances and games, and share insights about our home country, Estonia, highlighting its significance to us.
In summary, the experience and friendships we gained from the program are invaluable and irreplaceable. Thanks to the program, we now understand why volunteering is essential and how we can contribute to and impact our local communities back home.
We are forever grateful for this enriching experience provided by Seiklejate Vennaskond and the main organizer, Asociación 217Sur.
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