Summer School of Entrepreneurship in Alicante, Spain

From the 2nd to the 9th of September, a group of 5 youths were given the opportunity to attend a week-long summer school experience in the city of Alicante in the south of Spain. It was an unforgettable week full of laughter and fun, balanced with basic Spanish-language lessons, busy workshops and sessions aimed at equipping the participants with skills of social entrepreneurship. Such workshops varied from the managing and budgeting of a project to an in-depth look of what entrepreneurship is and even how it relates to us members of the Salesian family.

In all, five countries participated: Spain, Malta, Belgium, Germany and the United Kingdom. The best part of the experience was definitely making new friends from these other nations and getting in touch with other European cultures. Moreover, activities such as an intercultural evening, touristic excursions and laid-back trips to the nearby beach helped enhance the experience and foster a sense of a closely-knit group despite the brevity of the summer school.
What was also interesting and enriching for all of us was getting to share (both formally and informally) our Salesian experiences back home with each other. This exchange did not only help us in being more informed about Salesian happenings across Europe but also managed to inspire us and to bring new ideas back home with us. Seeing Don Bosco's dream interpreted by different cultures and alive in so many ways was an incredible experience!

In conclusion, I would like to thank the SPYS team for providing us with this opportunity through the DBYN, especially Fr. Paul and Luca Cacciattolo. I would also like to thank my fellow Maltese participants Julian Schembri, Mattea Galea, Marica Aquilina and Claire Mifsud for providing such great company and for being part of a week that I will never forget.

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Written by Clint Rizzo (Maltese Participant)