What a start to the week !
It all started with a panic phone call from Italy asking for help..
They had been let down with an Erasmus Partner from the UK and could we help? They needed 5 participants - 4 youths and a youth leader to come to Bassano Romano to spend a week with 70 other like minded souls from across Europe.
The project was funded by Erasmus which would cover most costs associated with the travel and the Oganiser would cover the hotel and all food.
How could i say no ?? A week in Italy in August? Erasmus youth groups, fine Italian food ??? They had me so now I had to just find 4 youths under 25 to come along..
I took the best route I knew and I took to Facebook and my network there to help out.
Posts went up, they got shared, i had phone calls, flights got checked, more phone calls, emails on projects sent, sorry cant do dates, sorry its festival weekend and more facebook interest. Lucky for me I have quite a solid network on Facebook and after a few short hours I had my first 2 signed up. They had recently come back from a trip in Thailand to wind down after Uni exam stress and were looking for their next project. This was perfect for them and a great intro for Erasmus projects. The fact that we go to the same University and from the same town here in the UK helped and they felt the security of the project.
So I 2 down and 2 to go. I had quite a few offers from youth trainers and youth workers but sadly I had to decline these as this project is all about the youth.
I plugged away and finally an old school friend started with a few small enquiries whilst sitting through a slow work meeting (him not me ). This soon led to emails, talks on the phone about meeting up in Rome and soon enough there was conformation that his son and fiend would be taking part! Bingo !! I had the 4 that was needed and quickly mailed everyone to buy the tickets before they run out. Mailed the Italian partners to confirm and I`m sure i could hear the shouts of joy from down the line.
And now ...
Now I sit here reflecting back on the day so far.. From starting off thinking about all the post I had to send off that day, looking at the list of `To Do` and how it changed so fast for the better and a surprise trip to Italy booked for next week.
Now I am just faced with the simple task of just re arranging my life and work back here while I will be away in 33 degree sunshine feasting on Italy's finest.
Its a hard life but someone has got to do it and made easier by surrounding yourself with a great network.
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