Why do it with DBYN?
This is my second time at Don Bosco Youth Net, the first was during the summer 2018: three intensive months of working and volunteering experiences, travels and international activities. I later became a member of DBYN’s pool of youth representative and I continued to collaborate representing the organisation in international events. This cooperation stimulated me during my last year of university and motivated me to do another and last Erasmus+ traineeship.
DBYN represents a very important stage of my formation, as a young person and as a future employee. I learned, and I’m still learning, about the world of international NGOs, Salesian educational system, European youth policies, non-formal education, European funding, advocacy and human rights protection. I’m really enjoying the working environment at the Secretariat office, always welcoming and friendly. It is like a second family for me.
What to say about Leuven?
It is a lovely student city, close to Brussels, where you can easily go out and meet young people from all over the world. It gives you a great opportunity to improve your language skills and make new friendships.
How to sum everything up?
I will say “yes” again for an internship at DBYN thanks to its passionate approach to youth issues, its strong commitment to human right and European values. If you are thinking about a working experience at the organisation, just put aside the fear of trying something new and only ask yourself: “In the end, why not?!”.
Thank you so much Sara for your testimony! It is a pleasure to be working with you and we'll miss you at the office once your internship finishes.
If you are interested in doing an internship or Erasmus+ internship at Don Bosco Youth-Net, please send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are looking forward to meet you as our new intern. ☺
My name is Sien. I’m a Belgian student at University College PXL, Hasselt (BE) and I’m studying communication management. I’m graduating in June 2018.
I’m doing my internship at Don Bosco Youth-net from the beginning of March until the beginning of June.
In the beginning of this academic year I went on Erasmus to Lisbon. I’ve been there for three months and it was the most interesting experience I’ve ever accomplished.
Thanks to Erasmus, I figured out that I wanted to do an internship where I still have that international contact and where I can improve my communication skills, in Dutch but also in English.
Doing my internship at DBYN is definitely very challenging for me because it’s my first experience in a real working environment. Everything they do is in the context of young people and I strongly believe that they need our help as much as we need theirs. I’m sure that I will gain a lot of knowledge in terms of how to communicate in a good and effective way with people in Belgium but also in other countries around the world.
I’m convinced that this internship will help me grow in a professional way but also in a personal way.
The organisation has a lot to offer, and so do I!
My name is Salvi, I am an animator at Centro Juvenil Bosco in Cádiz (Spain) and now I am an intern of DBYN until February. For the end of my university studies I wanted to have a new international experience in the field of communication, so I decided to do this internship. It is a challenge for me but I think I can do it very well because it has all I want for my personal and professional development: social communication and Don Bosco’s style.
Since 2010, I am animator at Centro Juvenil Bosco in Cádiz. Among other things, I have been responsible of the social networks (you can check it in twitter and instagram -@cjboscocadiz– and facebook) for the promotion of all activities which are carried out at the Oratory.
I have studied Audiovisual Communication at the University of Seville and I am finishing a master in Strategic Management and Innovation in Communication at the University of Cádiz. I want to specialize in communication for social change and development. I consider that this internship is perfect for this.
I am interested in the youth problems in the world. I think this internship is a very important experience to know more about this and to try to enhance the life of young people who are living in Europe. I think that with this internship I will grow personally and professionally. It is going to help me to be better person and to keep fighting for a better world.
A different story is going to start and I am keen on doing it real!
Don Bosco Youth-Net ivzw is an international network of youth work organisations working in the style of Don Bosco. In 2016 we are running a large-scale project titled “Don Bosco 4”. This project aims at developing the capacity of our network in running advocacy campaigns (focused on refugees) within our own style. It consists of 3 activities:
DBYN is looking for a student worker who can support the project administration for the project. This includes work at DBYN’s international secretariat in Heverlee, as well as on-site work at the 2 remaining activities. There are 3 main tasks areas of what we expect the student to work on:
You will assist in the project coordination. Your tasks will include registration of participants, communication with the participants, support of the team of trainers, support of the host team, ...
This project is funded through a grant of the European Youth Foundation. This means that we need to develop official reports for this institution, in order to ensure we use the grant in the right way. You will be responsible for assisting in writing the interim and final reports of the project. This includes the follow-up of the budget: handling reimbursements, preparing invoices for payment, ...
DBYN uses a combination of e-media to promote its activities. For each project we create a dedicated website using the Weebly platform. Next to this we use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Animato as tools for promotion through social media. The project administrator is also responsible for maintenance and updating of this website and the promotion through social media.
We offer a student contract for the 15th of June till the 15th December, for 35 working days. The exact working days in the international secretariat are to be decided with the student worker, taking into account the schedule for university. Wage arrangements according to the official barema PC329 B1c. Next to this you will have the opportunity to work in an international setting, develop professional competences in project management (coordination, administration, communication and financing), learn to work with the Council of Europe’s European Youth Foundation, work in international teams, meet Don Bosco volunteers from 17 European countries and finally, you’ll get a great bunch of co-workers from DBYN and our Belgian member Jeugddienst Don Bosco vzw.
If you are interested in the job, please create a short website on weebly (you can create a free account) introducing yourself, your motivation for doing the job and your CV and send it to email@example.com by the 1th of May. This website will be reviewed by the international secretariat and our president. If you want more information, you can contact us at the same address.
After almost 8 years, DBYN is soon to release its new website. The previous website was developed in a time when social networking and other web 2.0 applications were in full development. In this time we worked together with a Belgian youth work organisation, specialised in web development for the youth work sector. We were ambitious, integrating many web 2.0 applications allowing us to make simple mash-ups and personalized mailing lists. However, we were surpassed by the rapid development of the internet itself. Many of the functionalities of our website, were soon taken over by Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Google apps.
Since 2012 DBYN started to develop dedicated project websites. First with web-application EDICY, but when this European platform changed their business plan, we moved to the WEEBLY platform. After a few years of experience with project websites, we decided to transfer also our homepage to this platform.
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