WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A YOUTH DELEGATE IN NORWAY?

The end of our mission is getting closer! This is, of course, sad. However, it also means that we get the chance to welcome and pass our knowledge over to the new youth delegates. The new international youth delegates for 2016-2017 were here last week, and we got some time to spend with them. We, the current international youth delegates, gave the new incoming youth delegates a warm welcome in Norway, and spent about three days together in Oslo. The new incoming youth delegates were from Madagascar, Nepal and Colombia. A lovely group of people!

Current youth delegates welcoming the new incoming youth delegates

Current youth delegates welcoming the new incoming youth delegates

During a course called the, "Pre-Youth Basic Training Course" (YBTC) we were granted an opportunity to share our experiences as the youth delegates in Norway. We began our sessions with the team building activities because we understand that as youth delegates we will always work in teams. For instance, we conducted some active listening and assertive communication- activities.This are the important skills that you constantly have to make use of as a youth delegate, both with your co-delegate, volunteers and others.

Each delegate couple on a dialogue team building activity

Each delegate couple on a dialogue team building activity

One of activity we conducted was called "Bombs and Red Cross". This is an activity where each delegate couple had to blindfold their co-delegate through a path without stepping on the "Bombs" . Trust and clear communication were some of the key factors to be taught here.

Delegates guiding their blind folded co-delegates to find Red Cross papers

Delegates guiding their blind folded co-delegates to find Red Cross papers

We also had a presentation about the Norwegian Red Cross. Here, we included youth activities in Red Cross, how to cooperate with youth volunteers. We also talked specifically about activities related to search and rescue, health and activities for children. These activities are the most relevant ones for the delegates during their nine months mission in Norway.

On the second evening with the new incoming youth delegates, we prepared our own countries national meals, which we shared together with the new incoming youth delegates. Food from Lesotho, Nepal and Colombia was enjoyed, and we had a nice and multicultural evening together. In excellent Red Cross spirit.

Having dinner together with the new incoming youth delegates

Having dinner together with the new incoming youth delegates