InfoPEERS training – Maria says …
After catching a plane, followed by a two-hour train ride complete with scenic views I had finally arrived at my destination. In a hostel close to the spectacular beach of Comarruga new ideas were brewing within the community of Youth Ambassadors. We embarked on a four-day training course led by our coordinators Ange and Andrej, two seasoned professionals in this line of work; Youth Information. Together, they combined the two concepts of ‘peer-to-peer’ and ‘information’ and created a plethora of engaging activities for us to participate in and learn from.
One of the highlights was visiting a local youth information center in Tarragona, one of many in the Catalan region. The service providers at this center gave us an overview of what information Catalan youths go in search for and how they go about in providing this. A point which struck me was the fact that youth today are asking the same questions which youths were asking thirty years ago. This led me to think about the multiple issues which youths many face in accessing information and I went back to the hostel with more questions than answers.
In the end I overcame this issue as together in groups we created our own workshops where we answered questions which youths tend to ask. We then carried out our workshops with our peers from the training course and subsequently received feedback from both our fellow participants and coordinator. This was done with the intention of creating a similar workshop in our local community, something which will hopefully come into fruition soon, thanks to help received from Sarah on behalf of Agenzija Zghazagh, the local coordinator, with whom I brainstormed ideas and came up with some exiting plans.