“Soft me UP”: a successful workshop in Sarajevo on the 16th and 17th of November

During those 2 days, participants have learned how to write project proposal, what they need to create a good and different kinds of CVs, as well as how a convincing motivation letter should look like. Our participants were WBAA members and potential WBAA that made amazing atmosphere and, at the end, were full of interesting project ideas.

Our main objectives were to educate WBAA members and potential WBAA members about writing a good CV and motivation letter, as well as how a project proposal should look like. Before the workshop, we did an online poll about what young people think the workshop should be about. The result of the poll was that they would like to know more about mentioned topics. Also, from the poll we realised how many of them want to apply on a WBAA project call but they do not know what they should write in the project proposal, which answers evaluators expect and what should be focus in budget and how to create prices.

To us it was very important that besides WBAA members we have potential WBAA members and people outside of Sarajevo, so they will be able to educate others about WBAA. By people that are from other parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, we were able to spread the story about WBAA to smaller cities in B&H. One of our goals was that young people see that they have opportunities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and that they do not have to leave the country for their dreams. The point is that they can make changes here if they have good ideas for change, since we already have support of the EU Commission.

We chose 22 participants for a 2-day workshop. The workshop was realised together with Erasmus Student Network Bosnia and Herzegovina since some of their members are potential WBAA members. In social media we reached few thousands young people. We chose 5 people from Doboj which is in Republika Srpska and 5 people from Gradačac, which is 3rd city in B&H that young people are leaving to EU. The rest, 12 people, are from different parts of Canton Sarajevo. After the workshop ended, we sent an e-mail to all of them asking them to fulfil the poll about their impression of the whole workshop. We got max points and one of the feedbacks was that the next time, they would like to have a 3-day workshop. Also, with the workshop, WBAA got new members since they did not hear about us before.

Hidajeta Kurtic

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