The objective of this workshop was to help participants better understand both the UNV programme and their role as UN Youth Volunteers, the value of engagement and participation, and to think about ways to promote volunteerism during their assignments.
For four days (from 2 to 5 July 2018) in Saly (90 km from Dakar), 15 young and talented people received high-level training aimed at strengthening their capacities and enabling them to adopt the best professional practices before their deployment as UN Youth Volunteers with UNV partner agencies.
The beneficiaries of the training drew on their diversity, skills, energy and motivation to learn more about UNV, its mandate, mission and strategic priorities.
“A good team of super motivated and inspired volunteers”
During this workshop, the UN Youth Volunteers could develop their interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence, making them better team workers. They also applied theoretical concepts into concrete simulations allowing them to reflect on their perceptions of themselves and others. From day 1 to 5, we could observe a positive change. --Ouarda Derafa, trainer and current regional portfolio specialist at the regional office in Dakar.
In her address, UNV Regional Manager for West and Central Africa, Ms Afke Bootsman, who attended the launch of this workshop with former UN Volunteers invited to share their experience, applauded the participants for being a source of inspiration:
With their talent and commitment, UN Youth Volunteers are a great source of inspiration for the UN system and to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. After this workshop of exploration, learning and discovery, I hope you will keep this dynamic around inspiration, also in your future assignments." --Ms Afke Bootsman.
"The many challenges we face are pushing us to go beyond ourselves and get to better know one another," said Adjoa Sika Edzodzinam Ahawo, former UN Volunteer and current Regional Portfolio Specialist at the UNV regional office in Dakar
15 Youth UN Volunteers with their certificates at the end of the regional workshop – trainers in blue: Renata (left) and Ouarda (right) @UNV 2018
“Even more committed to changing the world through volunteerism”
Throughout the workshop, the 15 UN Youth Volunteers participated in sessions on personal development, leadership, communication, etc. At the end of the training, they all expressed their satisfaction and motivation for their future missions as young volunteers:
It was a top-level training, which was very dense and rich in emotion and especially very instructive, in a good atmosphere of knowledge sharing. We are now a good team of super motivated and inspired volunteers.” -- Marie Gibrat, UN Youth Volunteer, Senegal
"Back in our countries we are even more committed to changing the world through volunteerism", said Rabiatou Diallo, UN Youth Volunteer, Republic of Guinea
I am very happy to have participated in such a rewarding training, which was fun, transversal and technical. Each of us has skills in a variety of fields and we have worked a lot on our being. All this will allow us to collaboratively work in our future missions,” shared Cyrille Montecot (France), UN Youth Volunteer, Democratic Republic of Congo.
At the end of this regional workshop, the participants reported having a better understanding of UNV and the role of UN Youth Volunteers within the context of the United Nations.
15 Youth UN Volunteers at the end of the regional workshop in Senegal @UNV 2018