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Press Release EN

Eurizon 2004...SPYS Choose Life

Eurizon 2004_1
The Salesian Pastoral Youth Service (SPYS) has for the fifth consecutive year taken part in a massive European, Salesian youth encounter. After taking part in what was called Eurotreff from 1999 to 2003 in Vienna, during the last week of this July, SPYS headed towards Groot-Bijgaarden in Belgium to take part in Eurizon 2004 – a gathering of not less than 200 participants from 12 different European countries.

Eurizon 2004 was a European youth encounter with Don Bosco's style at the back of the organizers’ minds. It welcomed all European youngsters over 17 years of age who have an open mind to other cultures and ideas. Youths and youth leaders alike were given the opportunity to meet other youngsters, reflect upon their lives, amuse themselves together with 200 others in sports, games, creative activities, and music, to mention a few.

Crossing Borders

Training Course Benediktbeuern August 2004_9
Crossing Borders was a youth exchange/training course focussed on intercultural learning through youth work. It took place in Benediktbeuern, from the 18th to the 25th of August 2004. The week's programme was pack full with workshops, an outdoor day, a city game in Munich, and much more !!!

Five members of SPYS were present for this training course.

The ups and downs of teamwork

The value of teamwork was the main theme of a weekend seminar organised by the Salesian Pastoral Youth Service(SPYS) at Savio College.

24 young people, most of them university students, attended the seminar. The participants had time to explore and experience what it means to work in team, with all its advantages and problems. They also had the opportunity to live together in a healthy environment in the spirit of a family based on Christian values.

Seminar on immigration and youth refugees

Seminar Bollington UK _1
From 9th till 12th of October,12 European Salesian Youth organisations met again in the Savio house in Bollington. This time the topic was immigration and youth refugees, but also the future perspectives for Don Bosco Youth-Net were part of the agenda. For the first topic, we invited Fr. Chris Heaps SDB, to explain us some basic principles and thoughts on this topic. Starting point for his lecture was the manifesto on immigration that was made by the international Salesian community during a seminar in Barcelona in February 2003.