International youthwork through sports
Kincső's long term volunteering in Germany
What did my volunteering project in Germany give me, that I could not have experienced at home?
This is the dissemination of my one-year-long ESC project and a reflection of how it has changed my views in general.
It is important to underline that though mainly I wrote about my work so far, it was only a small part of my life and my experiences this year. As I already mentioned, I started my journey after an enforced socialization break, thanks to the Covid lockdowns in Hungary. Getting to know a different environment, living with flatmates and just generally meeting new people was a big transition. Looking back I was pretty shy and quiet in the beginning, because I was not used to having so many new people around me, after staying at home for most of the time for one and a half years.
By the end of the project I became much more confident and managed to overcome many of my anxieties that I struggled with during high-school. Through the year I felt more and more that I can be myself with my group of people and do not need to worry about things that may not be in my control. Now I can adapt to unexpected situations better and I am more spontaneous and braver than in the beginning of the year, which is also shown by the fact that I am already preparing for my next adventure, a Workaway in Italy.
Brandenburgische Sportjugend (BSJ, Sports Youth Brandenburg) is an independent youth organisation. Its members are children and teenagers, as well as, their youth representatives who are organized in more than 2.500 sporting-clubs. It counts more than 137 thousand members under the age of 27. Therefore it is the largest youth association in the state of Brandenburg.. The organisation stands up for the co-operation and co-determination of young people in sporting-clubs and associations and acts as a representative of their interests. The work of BSJ is guided by the aim to make as many children and teenagers as possible find their way into the sporting-clubs. It is not only the aspect of fun that comes up, furthermore, the youth is supposed to have a place where they can spend their spare way in a sensible way. Within a close co-operation with other supporters, the organization contributes to designing the society and provides assistance on social and youth-political problems. It offers numerous projects regarding sport, youth-work and social-youth-work.
International youthwork through sports volunteering project
Date: September 2021 - September 2022
Volunteer: Kincső Anna Varga