Red Cross youth camp - sharing activities and exchanging experiences

Red Cross youth camp in Analavory, Itasy region 29.04-01.05.

Red Cross youth camp in Analavory, Itasy region 29.04-01.05.

An important lesson that we have learned is that it is not always necessary to try to invent the wheel. If you plan to do something new or are in need of ideas on how to improve what you are doing, why not look to others for inspiration? We have tried to pass on this lesson to the youth volunteers when they have found it difficult to develop their activities.

Different local communities encounter many of the same humanitarian challenges. We wanted to let Red Cross youth volunteers explore some of the different ways to address humanitarian challenges and facilitated for this opportunity. With the aim to inspire youth volunteers to do more and even better humanitarian activities in their local communities, weinvited youth volunteers from four different regions to a youth camp.

In the course of three days, 18 youth volunteers from different branches in Analamanga, Bongolava, Itasy and Vakinankaratra region were gathered to exchange Red Cross activities and share their experiences as volunteers. The camp was a great success as all the volunteers were very eager to both learn from and about each other’s Red Cross work. Everyone contributed to create a great social atmosphere throughout the whole camp. In other words, two months of planning and preparations resulted in a very memorable, enriching and fun event.

Enjoy the photos!

The opening of the youth camp.

The opening of the youth camp.

Getting to know each other - presentation of the participants.

Getting to know each other - presentation of the participants.

Creative and sportive participants during the teambuilding session.

Creative and sportive participants during the teambuilding session.

The participants were eager to learn from each other through sessions about non-violent communication and problem analysis and presentations of their Red Cross youth activities,  

The participants were eager to learn from each other through sessions about non-violent communication and problem analysis and presentations of their Red Cross youth activities,  

Working together in groups across regions, the participants developed a problem tree and had sensizations about flooding, sexual health, environment and non-violent communication. 

Working together in groups across regions, the participants developed a problem tree and had sensizations about flooding, sexual health, environment and non-violent communication. 

The evenings were set aside for cultural activities and a lot of dancing :)

The evenings were set aside for cultural activities and a lot of dancing :)