Marijn Korndewal via web
Hurrah, it is the time of the year again: the YEP Batch 12 trainings have begun! The past two weeks I was in the Netherlands for my second-year YEP trainings. Dutch and local YEPpers from all over the world (from Mali to South Africa to Myanmar, and everything in between) came together for the second time. In the trainings we learnt skills that will help us in working in an international environment.
My highlights: - It is spectacular how much we have grown in just a year! There was much more cultural understanding, many YEPpers had improved their English or French, other YEPpers picked up on new funky hobbies… - I was impressed by the creativity of all our trainers. In just two weeks we made human constellations, learnt through observing movies, played games, presented a lot of ideas, used many new models and theories, did some hilarious “energizers” (singing a Nepalese song!) and we had many discussions. - Debates about international development got a lot more serious: one year of working experience in international development seemed to have opened the eyes of many YEPpers. - My absolute highlight: the Water Peace and Security lunch that I organised with Emmy, Mart and Mathijs. We did our YEP business case on this topic and we felt the issue of water peace and security deserved more attention. Three very inspiring experts from the Netherlands shared their experiences and helped us bring our business case further. Now that was a unique YEP opportunity! Next step for the team: turning the business case into a real pilot.
One thing had not changed: will the Dutch YEPpers ever catch up with the dancing skills of the local YEPpers?