It is TimeToVolunteer Abroad!

  Are you not quite sure what the next step in your life should be? Are you studying something you are not passionate about? Or do you need a break from the daily grind? Then you sound the like perfect candidate to volunteer abroad through Erasmus+. EuroDesk, a sector of Erasmus+, is spending the entire month of October promoting their #TimeToMove Campaign, and they want YOU to volunteer with them. Volunteering abroad is a great way to do something beyond you. It is an opportunity to make and see a change in the world in a very hands-on environment. Not only is it a great way to travel, but it is the perfect way to learn how other cultures operate. It will give insight to how people function elsewhere. Additionally, it is a fantastic way to make friends all over the world and build lasting connections with people who have similar interests as you. Eurodesk offers many amazing volunteering opportunities all over Europe. Whether you want to go to venture to somewhere that speaks a different language, has a different climate, or is close to home, there are options. They also make it very financially accessible. There are both scholarships and grants that any young person between the ages of 15 and 30 can apply for. Trip durations can last anywhere between 2 and 6 months based on the volunteer’s comfort level. The Eurodesk website also connects interested volunteers with current and past ones. This opens up communication for you to get in touch with people who have been in your shoes. It is completely okay not to know...

Drop Into Drop-In!

Attending university is not for everyone. There are a plethora of reasons explaining why a young person might see themselves as unfit to carry on with their education. These reasons range from financial instability to lack of motivation; however, they should not be permanently punished because they made this choice. All across the U.K. and Europe the number of young people dropping out of school is rising, and it is noticeable in the workplace. Young people bring fresh ideas to the table, they are typically fast learners, and are excited to work. Their absence is strongly felt. But getting back into the workforce after dropping out is getting increasingly more difficult because companies only want young people that have loads of experience. The conundrum then becomes how do these young people who do not have degrees but want to get involved entrepreneurship do it? Well, they can drop into Drop-In. IARS International Institute in the U.K., MKOP in Greece, InEuropa in Italy, CARDET in Cyprus, and The Schottener Foundation Social Services in Romania have teamed up to create a strategic partnership to help these Early School Leavers (ESLs). Drop-In is an e-training and networking platform that helps train young people that do not have proper degrees. Each course is tailored to the exact needs of the young person who is taking it. Additionally, it will supply these young people with the contacts of companies that are hiring. It is easy to manage and can be done on the young person’s own time. Plus, since it is offered in many countries, it is easy for young people to travel the...

A Letter from Young Entrepreneurs

Are you between the ages of 13-30? Do you have a new business idea? Do you want your business to reach people all over the world? Well, then you should look Eurodesk’s Time2Move Campaign and get your idea up and running in another country, because it is TIME2MOVE! Time2Move is a campaign to help young entrepreneurs work, volunteer, and learn abroad. There are so many opportunities that young people can take advantage of to really boost their confidence in the professional world, and/or get started working in it. The benefit of doing is to become familiar with the host country’s economy and provide a mentor business in that country to learn from. It is a great way to form connections and collaborate abroad. Additionally, by working with Erasmus’s Eurodesk many financial concerns can be taken care of from them. Eurodesk stresses that finding a place to stay, travel expenses, language, etc. should not stop young people from going and breaking out of his or her comfort zone- they are happy to help figure everything out. Going and making connections with people all over the world is the most important thing to do when trying to start a business abroad and Eurodesk does not want anything to get in the way. Through the European Youth Portal, young entrepreneurs have access to the jobs available abroad and information about how to create his or her own company. The European Youth Portal has pledged to fight back against youth unemployment because there are so many opportunities abroad that many people do not know about. Whether it is an apprenticeship, traineeship, mentorship, or...

Extreme Need of the Good Life Model for Young People to Avoid Extremists

It is apparent that young people are the target of extremist groups, because they are the most vulnerable and easy to radicalise. During a person’s adolescent and teenage years they are very impressionable to the world around them. The most important thing for most of these adolescents is to find a place to fit in. It is the period of time where they want to be independent but they still have to rely on their parents and the thoughts of their peers; they do not know which way to go. All they want is to think freely, but social and economic pressures make it difficult for them to discover who they are and what they want. Their minds are so malleable that they make the perfect prey for terror groups to spread their ideology. By creating an exclusive subculture, extremists make their targets feel like they are important; their opinions are finally heard and deemed valuable. How can we avoid this? How can we save our youth before they are in trouble? There will never be one definite answer, however, emphasis on the Good Life Model (GLM) in schools and everyday life has great potential to strengthen the minds of the vulnerable and halt radicalisation. The GLM focuses on creating a balanced and well dignified life for not only young people, but all people. However, it is essential that a young person is raised in the values that it upholds so he or she can be confident in their trade and pass on their knowledge. It is human nature to want to succeed in life. There is nothing quite...

British Response to Hurricane Irma

  After a week of devastating disaster, Hurricane Irma has finally ceased its destruction. What is next? Turks and Caicos, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, and many other small British territories in the Caribbean had to wait longer than the French and Dutch territories to receive help from their mother country. Even though all of the territories are self-governed, they still rely on the U.K. to come to their aid in times of crisis- they are British citizens. France and the Netherlands have sent support and found ways to lift their native tourists out of the rubble. However, the British government has not responded as quickly or effectively, leaving the islands’ tourists wondering what they are going to do next. We must help them! If anything like this were to happen on the mainland, the government would be scrutinised for not jumping on board the moment that something did not seem right. Proper evacuations and fundraising would be in place to help. It does not matter where our citizens are located geographically; they are us and we are them. Recently, it has been brought to the public’s knowledge that because the Islands bring in money from tourism, they are too wealthy to qualify for aid budget funds. How can this be possible? It should not matter how much revenue a country brings in during its peak seasons, because once disaster strikes, those numbers will plummet. If the U.K. government has the money to start reconstruction, there should be nothing stopping it. Without a steady education system, solid infrastructure, and overall business/hotel restoration the islands will not be able to...