Volunteering at a Youth CentreMichaela, Austria
I was able to learn a lot about different cultural practices, such as games, and also develop my skills in communicating with people speaking different languages.
In July 2021 I started my volunteering experience at Teilweise, a youth centre in Salzburg. From the very beginning, I was accepted by my colleagues as an equal. I was allowed to take on many independent tasks and was included in planning and decision-making processes.
My main task was to organize the open space together with my colleague Oliver. During this time our door is open to children and young people between the ages of eight and twenty. They are allowed to come and just "be" with us, to take advantage of the offered gaming possibilities and engage in activities we have to prepare in advance.
During my time at the youth centre, I was able to organize a number of different activities and events and attend a number of interesting workshops, such as a graffiti workshop, a workshop in which we built wooden boats with the children, and the Lego robotics workshop. Once a week I participated in our public sports-workshop held in the park.
It was exciting to see how multifaceted and diverse youth work is and how much one can learn from the young people. I was able to learn a lot about different cultural practices, such as games, and also develop my skills in communicating with people speaking different languages.
I learned a lot during my time in the club and I can say that it was a very valuable and beautiful time for me and I am very grateful for the experience.
Updated on An Déardaoin, 02/06/2022