I have a lot of fear if there is no Erasmus+
It benefits young people so much, it opens their minds to different cultures, people and views.
Rod, 23 from Cambuslang has led a group to Hungary in 2017. Rod has had the chance to go from participant to leader through Erasmus+. For Rod, Erasmus+ has given him the life changing experience to see the world and exchange cultures.
“Leading a group was great and challenging at the same time. For me as a youth worker I was taking young people who have quite negative circumstances at home and in life in general so for me a s youth worker I was aware that they were counting one me.
The whole experience was emotional to be honest because the topic was migration. We met people who had migrated to Hungary and learnt more about their journey. For me, I know how that feels because I came from Congo to the UK was I was younger with my family but for the other young people they gained a sense of empathy towards migrants and found that emotional.
We went a day trip to the fence that the Hungarian government had put up and stood at a check point, when we were there, we seen people trying to cross. That stayed with us all.
Erasmus+ gave me the confidence to support young people when they experience transforming life experiences and develop their views on the world, and for that I have become a better youth worker who wants to dedicate his time to Glasgow communities.
I have a lot of fear if there is no Erasmus+. It benefits young people so much, it opens their minds to different cultures, people and views. And it allows young people from areas where there are not many opportunities for them to be a part of something bigger. If the government can guarantee and let Achieve More manage it, then consider it!
It would be a big loss if all of these things didn’t happen for young people in Scotland.”
Rod is a youth worker, community coach and Erasmus+ ambassador for Achieve More Scotland. Rod is currently working with our Spanish partners to set up ongoing exchanges of young people and youth workers to ensure Scotland continues to benefit from Erasmus+.