Interview with: Manon, 23 years old, from the Netherlands, student social work at Saxion Enschede

I had a gap of free time from my school and I asked myself “What can I do to improve myself this year?”. Then Stay Human came across, and I thought it could be a nice idea to go. It is something I wouldn’t do normally, so it was quite exciting to get out of my comfort zone. First I was nervous, because most people knew each other in the Dutch group and I had no one I knew. It was the first time I was traveling alone (with people I didn’t know), so that was scary too.

I realised that I learn better in the non-formal way than the formal, because I am dyslectic. I visualize everything I learn and this is much easier in non-formal education. With non-formal education, you don’t only have a teacher in front of you, but you learn from everyone who is there and you do stuff yourself. In the classroom you just sit and listen. My focus is very short, so after half an hour I am looking somewhere else… but with non-formal education I am busy all the time!

“The biggest change was after the programmes for me was that before I always went to school because I had to, but now I know that I go to school for myself.”

I have changed most in how open I am to people, because I was really closed before. I think it is good to learn how you behave in a group that you don’t know yet. The biggest change was after the programmes for me was that before I always went to school because I had to, but now I know that I go to school for myself. And I know that I don’t have to make friends all the time. I don’t have to be positive, I may be negative as well sometimes.  

My biggest passion right now is that I joined the LGBT-community in Enschede, and now I have a girlfriend. I never had a relationship of any kind before. I really want to get to know more about the topic of LGBT+ Rights and do something with it. That is why I am going to take part in Stay Human LGBT+ Rights this year.

I made the following programmes possible;

Stay Human 2 – LGBT+ Rights – 2017 – the Netherlands