After a break of more than two years, 17 North-South volunteers will leave in August for 12 months in partner countries of the UEM in Africa and Asia as learners. As part of their preparation, a 10-day seminar addressed topics such as culture (shock), stereotypes, personal expectations and wishes for the year, racism, health prevention and much more.
"The seminar was very useful for me, in terms of content as well as emotionally. The trainers covered many topics and I learned a lot of new things and questioned old ones. The group has strengthened me emotionally to take the last step and I am relieved to have the group and the UEM by my side during the year." (Eva-Luise Hofmann, 19, is leaving in August for a year in Malang, East Java).
The South-North volunteers of the UEM also met in the past few days for a seminar and exchanged their first experiences from their assignment sites and discussed open questions. In both volunteer groups, among other things, the contracts, guidelines, emergency situations, dates and reports of the volunteer service are discussed in detail. Legal issues (such as the right to one's own photo and guidelines for social media) as well as gender roles, sex, love and partnership are also discussed.
Over the weekend, both groups met at the Hackhauser Hof Protestant Youth Education Centre in Solingen to exchange ideas and get to know each other. The workshops were organized jointly by the United Evangelical Mission in cooperation with the Norddeutsche Mission and the Evangelical Reformed Church (ERK).
The UEM wishes all participants all the best, lots of fun and intensive experiences for their volunteer year!
More information about the UEM volunteer programme can be found here.
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