I have a long personal story with Erasmus+. It begun with my annoyance of boredomness during my bachelor time. The 2012 was the year I was serving Student Senate as one of the department coordinators. I was looking for something more impactful and at the same time more internationally connected. Through my network, I finally got to know ACT Global - Bali and England based and funded by Erasmus+, which focuses on youth development, international exchange and social cohesion.
Through ACT Global, my dream doing international exchange was made possible. I was teamed up with two other representatives, who are now my best friends. We were sent to United Kingdom in 2014 for a youth and environment project called EVS Radioactive (European Voluntary Service) for almost a month, which enabled us to explore London, Leeds and Manchester. There, we met 30 other youths coming from different European countries participating the project.
Not long after I though I already concluded my work with ACT Global, ACT Global again contacted me to participate several other projects in Wales and Malta. As though I already moved to Germany in 2016, my participation with Erasmus+ has been even more possible. The project was a competence-based training courses in Cultural Competence Development and Tools for Coaching Young People through mediated knowledge in a non-formal scheme. Not only that it allowed me to acquire intercultural, communication, coaching competences, it was also a great opportunity for me to reflect on my personal development as youth and how am I to make about impactful change to my peers, around my community, society and the world we live in. The projects helped me to ask critical questions on my personal development and its relation to others: what is my purpose? am I conscious in which stage of life I am now? What progress have I made? What are my options? Which one of these that I value the most? How could I held the commitment to pursue that purpose? Since then, I was curious about my rediscovery, my present and future, my meaning, value and purpose. Now, how can I empower others to reflect on such questions, encouraging them to their self-discovery?
Erasmus+ is game changer and I am forever grateful to have gone with my personal development through Erasmus+ youth projects. My time with Erasmus+ does not stop from those projects and still continuing up to today with other exciting projects in project management.