Last week-end JEF Belgium energized its members in Liège. More than thirty JEF members from all over the country answered the call for these training days. Presentations, workshops and fun formed the ideal mix to create a challenging experience. We were all ready for an exciting JEF week-end in la Cité Ardente!
The warm-up started early Saturday morning in the station of Liège-Guillemins. The ice-breaking games were warmly welcomed in the November cold of Liège. Once arrived at the youth hostel, JEF got uncovered by presentations on the structure of JEF, from the local level all the way up to the European. Participants were provided the accurate information and so the inner working of JEF and its framework was intensively explained. The general feeling was that these presentations really made the relationship between the different levels more clear. All work and no play makes a JEFer a dull boy/girl, so we dived into the Liègeoise nightlife at Carré. We partied until dawn and spread the JEF party spirit.
After only a couple hours of sleep it was time to get back to business. Via interactive non-formal education in different workshops, participants focused on gaining practical oriented JEF skills. Sessions such as communication, campaigning, finances and motivating new members were on the agenda. Intense and with full commitment was the character of the day. Based on the learning-by-doing principle, we put our theoretical input into practice and created essential output to ensure a bright future for JEF Belgium. So far, the participants were satisfied. “I had a blast and I learnt a lot, which was what I was looking for! Thank you JEF!” Johanna said, thereby stating the general mood of all the participants. Looking forward to the next JEF-Belgium activity!
Post by Koen Colpaert