Hi my name is Shoya, the president of YouthNet.
I thought I should put some details about YouthNet – who we are and what we aim for, so I’m going to write about YouthNet and what we learnt throughout the Study Visit in Makati, the Philippines.
We are an international youth organisation that focuses on development cooperation with a partnership with youth from different countries from Philippines, France and mostly from Japan. The reason why our blog is put on “CITYNET blog” is that we are supported by CITYNET.
Our mission is to contribute to world peace at youth level and progress together to be able to contribute to world peace in the future. We have five values – 1) Outreach, 2) Skills Development, 3) Sharing Experience, 4) Take Opportunities, Create Opportunities, 5) Build Network, Use Network.
YouthNet is still a new-born organization since April this year. However, we have come to operate some activities like Teambuilding, Workshop, and Study Visit is one of those too.
We participated in Study Visit to Makati, the Philippines as one of my colleagues has been writing. From my point of view, we experienced many things that were fresh and stimulating for us and learnt many things.
During the visit, we visited a lot of places and met a lot of people, and we are very impressed with youth in the Philippines because they are very active, highly-motivated and inspired. They are a part of society, which we could never imagine in Japan. They coordinate a lot of projects by themselves such as sports tournaments, fashion shows, workshops, and so on.
The biggest thing we learnt can be explained with one word, “human touch”. Every place we visit, we saw a smile on people’s face. They kindly welcomed us with a smile. We always saw a smile on their face, and importantly, we smiled together. No matter how old you are, no matter which country you are from, no matter what gender you are, we can smile anywhere in the world. That’s something we should bring back to Japan.
I would also like to mention that it was good that we had a feedback meeting everyday in limited time at night. It means a lot to us in my opinion. Having a meeting means that we were in Makati as a member of YouthNet, not individually. Throughout the meetings, we found a lot of things we could do as our activity such as workshop on culture, country and history, publishing a newsletter regularly and send it to the Network we have, and making a report book on the Study Visit.
Overall, the Study Visit made us think about a question – “What is happiness?” I hope we get the answer as we operate our projects.
Finally, we are very grateful for all the supports and kindnesses we received. Thank you very much to CITYNET for giving us a chance to go to Makati, to Makati City for accepting our request and coordinating such a grate programme, and to Barangays we visited for welcoming us very kindly.
We will share the experience we had in Makati with other members who could not go and carry on our activities with it. We hope to go back to Makati soon. Thank you very much.
P.S. We will be updating next activities soon.