On Thursday 31 May I had the chance to go on an adventure to Strasbourg with a group of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts from around Europe. As a member of the External Relations working group for WAGGGS Europe Region, there are so many great opportunities to meet new people and attend exciting events. Over the past few months, we had been making preparations to attend a European Youth Event called Yo!Fest. Yo!Fest is a dynamic youth-led festival which brings decision-makers and 8,000 young Europeans together to share stories and create solutions. The event was held in Strasbourg at the European Parliament.
I left Dublin Airport full of anticipation for the days ahead. My first
After a six-hour train journey, I arrived in Strasbourg slightly later than expected and headed straight for the European Parliament and to meet up with the other girls from the External Relations group. There were 13 of us in total, from lots of different countries around Europe including Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria, Italy, UK and France.
There were huge tents, an outdoor stage and food trucks set up
On Saturday the whole team attended different events and activities on different topics. In the afternoon,
I had the chance to go inside the European Parliament to attend the closing ceremony. It took place in the Hemicycle, which is the big round room where Members of the European Parliament sit during important debates and discussions. The Vice President of the Parliament, Ramon Luis Valcarcel, gave the closing speech. He spoke about the importance of young people being engaged in Europe and having their say in what they want for the future of the European Union.
On Sunday morning before we left Strasbourg, we took the opportunity to have a group meeting to plan for the upcoming events for our team and to review our goals for the coming year. One of the aims of the External Relations working group is to ensure that WAGGGS is visible throughout Europe. We certainly achieved that this weekend in our bright yellow t-shirts!