Interview with: Jorien, 20 years old, from the Netherlands, student social work at Saxion Enschede

I heard about Stay Human and its LGBT+ Rights programme and I thought it was super cool. I went to a meeting with TYC and I got even more motivated. During the programme in Lithuania I had the best week of my life, because I learned a lot about myself and about everything.

I got really motivated to give other youth the opportunity to get a week like this, that is why I became a leader. I was more excited than nervous about taking this role. It was hard in the beginning, but in the end, I really felt that I accomplished something with the participants. It is a good feeling that you really could see how the participants were developing.

With non-formal learning techniques, the participants are more motivated, because they have to find out things themselves. They are not just sitting somewhere, waiting for someone to tell them something. For me it works in the same way. When I have to find out something by myself, I think it is more interesting than when someone tells me what to do. It is also very interesting to discover how other people think about a subject. Finally, you get a lot of information with the help of others.

I felt after the exchange that I had finally found myself.  It sounds really big, but it was really like that. I found out who I was and what I stand for and what I like in life, which is very important. We learn a lot of stuff in school, for example, information about how to have conversations with people. For me, this doesn’t really work, because I have to find out myself how something works. With non-formal education I can really practice my skills, like asking open questions or have like a motivational talk. Here I can put everything I have learned in school into real life.

“I felt after the exchange that I had finally found myself.  It sounds really big, but it was really like that. I found out who I was and what I stand for and what I like in life, which is very important.”

What people might notice about me is that I have become a stronger version of myself. It has gotten easier for me to show myself to the world and to open up to people, because I know who I am.  

I made the following programmes possible;

Stay Human 1 – LGBT+ Rights – 2016 – Lithuania

Lead the Change – 2017 – Netherlands and Lithuania