The second phase of the project to train the future volunteers, mentors as well as the project coordinators is implemented in 18-25 April 2019. Day by day, the training activities were :

Day 1

Today is the official start of training course as part of the #ErasmusUganda project. Today we visited Kampala, the capital of Uganda. The official programme started today with expectations, welcome session and practicalities next days we will visit local schools and youth organisations.

D a y 2

After a getting to know each other beginning of the day, we examined some perceptions and norms we have about the world and the distinction between European and African mindsets. The afternoon session found us collecting and sorting the clothes, toys, stationery and sweets we all brought from our countries so as to support the local organisation (KYDA). After a small introduction to the concept of empowerment, we indulged in the creation of our own projects on how to implement cultural, economical, political and social empowerment in the Ugandian community.

D a y 3

After a getting to know each other beginning of the day, we examined some perceptions and norms we have about the world and the distinction between European and African mindsets. The afternoon session found us collecting and sorting the clothes, toys, stationery and sweets we all brought from our countries so as to support the local organisation (KYDA). After a small introduction to the concept of empowerment, we indulged in the creation of our own projects on how to implement cultural, economical, political and social empowerment in the Ugandian community.

Day 4
Our day started early with a visit to our partner organisation’s (KYDA) offices and school, where we met the street and orphan children they are working with, as well as the young mothers who are being offered vocational courses. We engaged the children in activities, played with them and distributed the clothes, shoes, toys and sweets we brought for them. Such an amazing experience to witness all these smiling faces! 

The afternoon session included visits to three organisations working in the field of youth empowerment. 
Health Empowered Youth Focus in Kakungulu is engaging youth to the creation of sanitary material and bags. 
In Children and Youth Empowerment Link young people are trained on mushroom growing.
Uganda Youth Skills Training is working with children, young people and women in a variety of projects including ICT skills, driving, environmental awareness as well as Erasmus+

Day 5

Having visited our partner organisation’s (KYDA) working space and observed the needs and necessary improvements, today we had to prepare a concrete plan of activities for the people who will volunteer here for nine months, starting from June 2019. Constructions, renovations, gardening, hygienic and environmental education, vocational training courses and many more were suggested and included to the timetable of the volunteers who will arrive here from Spain, Turkey and Romania.

Day 6

Monday found us visiting Lake Victoria and River Nile for a beautiful day in nature 🌿🏞and followed up with a session afternoon abouot empowerment. 

Day 7

Today we created workshop/seminar plans focusing on social skills, sexual education and hygienic habits, so as to provide ideas and support for the future work of our volunteers. The afternoon session was dedicated to practical work, cleaning the volunteers’ house and equipping it with necessary utensils and materials. Our last day in Uganda is about to come and we are ready to evaluate our productive week here

Day 8

Waiting for our early morning flight, the last day in Uganda can be concluded in three words: check-out, evaluation, gratitude. During the morning session we got information about Erasmus+ and in groups we designed our own projects. Finalising this amazing week, we had a small evaluation process. The way home is long but we are all proud and excited about our work and looking forward to seeing our volunteers succeeding in their mission.