Interview with: Lucas, 18 years old, from the Netherlands, student at ROC van Twente 

The exchange, in general, was awesome. It was really great. I heard about it at school and I was like: “OK, it is cool to go to Italy, so let’s gooo!” The main topic of the exchange was Unity Through Diversity. The topic made us see that even if you are different, you can still unite and do something together that has an impact. During the final event, we made posters and we handed out notes with cute messages to make other people’s day better. We also did a dance on the square of the city.

Non-formal learning to me is a useful and powerful tool, because you learn, but you don’t feel like you are learning. It is not like learning from books or something. You just learn through experiences. I really liked it.

“What I noticed in my daily life is that I talk to people easier, because I have more confidence in just going to someone and talk with them.”

The biggest learning point for me was not really specifically connected to one activity. I rather learned that I can be more social than I thought. The most significant change was that I got more friends and confidence after the programme. There are still some people that I met during the programme (Dutch and Irish) that I talk to. What I noticed in my daily life is that I talk to people easier, because I have more confidence in just going to someone and talk with them.

I made the following programmes possible;

Lead the Change – Unity through Diversity – Italy – 2017

Stay Human 2 – No Hate Speech in Italy & SEE LGBT+ in The Netherlands – 2017