Opportune for You(th)
A great thing about this EVS experience is the ability to learn new skills and apply them straight away to see how they work. One of these was creating and running events, my first was one about youth opportunities, in some ways it was a promotion of EVS, but I’ll move onto that later.
An idea is one thing but putting it into action, is another. This comes under an Youthpass competence of Entrepreneurship (but also others as well) – at first it sounds a bit more more complicated but really it isn’t, it’s just turning ideas into reality. So I guess it is sometimes complicated. But something that isn’t so obvious when you’re going through the process of putting on an event is the practice that you get and how applicable it is to different situations. But let’s go through the process.
- I first had an idea – Youth opportunities
- Then I had an event template to fill, which helped focus the event on the objective of the event; how many people would make it work; what equipment was needed etc.
- Next step create a banner and video for the event to market and promote it.
- Event promotion on social media and in universities.
- Event day
But it wasn’t so straightforward all the time, my problem was trying to find an interesting way to engage people at the event. After some help and discussion with our organisation president, my idea was given some clarity and a good way to implement it. The way I did it was to run it like a role play in which participants were to be EVS volunteers and go to different countries with different organisations. They would be given three scenarios e.g. setting up a beach clean event, they would then try to work out what they could learn through this scenario, if they guessed correctly then they would collect that skill. After going to a few tables we brought everyone back together to discuss the skills they collected and how they could apply them to work, study, or a interview. We had a few participants and I think they gained something from the event which made me happy about the effort that I’d put into it. But also looking back on it I learned quite a lot in the process of making the event, which made it worthwhile for myself even if no one had come. Now I can say not only that I can be comfortable in making another event but also having a process for implementing almost any plan by breaking everything down into small parts, working on those and then putting it all together.