A short but memorable visit...

A short but memorable visit...
This month August 2019 the YMCA celebrated its 175th birthday, which was held in London. We volunteered at this 4-day event, where our goal was to represent Kosovo and tell about our work at the YMCA.

Dea with YMCA Kosovo delegation at the YMCA 175

In addition to participating in the workshops, we also had the honor of leading our own workshops, sharing our culture with other people.
Not only did we share our culture, we also got to know many other cultures from around the world, where we also had the opportunity to make friends with other young people who were part of the event.

Dea with her new friend 

And finally, we took a stroll through London visiting some of the many tourist sites and museums.

Dea with YMCA Kosovo Delegation visiting London

I had the opportunity to gain an experience that I can share with everyone by Diona

A trip to London…
The journey we undertook had a purpose: Attending the YMCA175 event, where we as a delegation from Kosovo had the honor of sharing the beautiful work of our youth with the world, how they help the community, empower youth and how it has impacted and continues to impact, influence. The YMCA is a place where young people can make a difference and feel valued in their community.

Diona with the YMCA Kosovo Delegation in the YMCA 175 event

I am fortunate to have the honor and privilege to be part of leading one of the many workshops of that event where I had the opportunity to share our culture and the role of young people from my country in empowering youth and changing socializing with people who were eagerly attending and involved in the session we had prepared!

Diona during her workshop 

Also, during this time I had the opportunity to participate in various workshops where I had the opportunity to get to know a large number of people from all over the world, with a diversity of cultures, with their work and how they wanted to influence for a change! I had the opportunity to gain an experience that I can share with everyone else so that they can feel the positive impact this event has had on thousands of young people!

Diona with her new friends from all over the world

We ended this trip by embarking on a long but beautiful walk around London, where we had the pleasure of visiting and getting to know the places that made this city unique!

Diona with the YMCA in Kosovo delegation visited London

YMCA gave me the chance to meet new people by Inesa Nikoliqi

Hello everyone. I’m Inesa Nikoliqi and I have been part of YMCA Kosova since 2015. Being part of  YMCA Kosovo has given me the best experiences for these years, I learned how to change things for good starting from myself to my society.

Inesa with her friends 

I started from Leadership training to a lot of other trainings like Y Woman, SDG, Scouts,  etc. And now I’m a Peer Trainer of a Leadership group. So being part of these groups YMCA gave me the chance to visit YMCA France to meet new people and let me know about different cultures from different places.

Inesa during the activities in YMCA France camp

We have been trained on the topic of "Integration of Migrants in Europe" , where through discussions, different activities and games we have learned about the migrants' struggles and how difficult it is for them to leave their country because of the wars, schooling or the economic reasons.

Inesa and her friends at the European Council

Part of our trip was a visit to the European Council house, which is a place of hope for the right to the benefit of society, with international law.

Inesa and her friends
Some days I wish I could go back in life, not to change just to feel a couple things twice!!!