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Jun 21, 2023

Empowering Change: My Transformative Journey through the EUVP

Image Mr BakorI'm Salaheddine Bakor from Rabat, Morocco, Advocate for Youth Engagement and Leadership | Skilled Strategies for International & Business Development - Driving Positive Change. Participating in the European Union Visitors Programme (EUVP) has been a truly transformative experience for me. As an individual passionate about driving positive change, the opportunity to engage with influential figures, explore European Union’s institutions, and connect with like-minded professionals has enriched my perspective and empowered me to make a greater impact in my community. In this article, I would like to share my personal journey and highlight the invaluable insights and connections I gained during my EUVP experience.

A Journey of Discovery

From the moment I embarked on the EUVP, I knew I was embarking on a journey of discovery. The program exposed me to the inner workings of European institutions, providing a first-hand understanding of the decision-making processes that shape policies and initiatives. The opportunity to visit the European Parliament and explore the House of European History allowed me to delve into Europe's rich cultural and political heritage, leaving me inspired and motivated to contribute to its ongoing development.

Engaging with Influential Leaders

One of the most enriching aspects of the EUVP was the chance to engage with influential figures in various fields. From meeting Desk Officers and Members of Cabinets to interacting with Policy Officers and Heads of Units, each encounter offered unique insights and perspectives. Discussions centered around critical topics such as gender equality, citizen engagement, youth empowerment, and international cooperation. These interactions allowed me to contribute my own ideas, share best practices from my country, and foster collaboration between Europe and my community.

Building Lifelong Connections

Beyond the professional engagements, the EUVP provided a platform to connect with fellow participants from different backgrounds and countries. The diverse group of individuals I met during the program brought a wealth of knowledge and experiences to the table. Engaging in lively discussions, sharing ideas, and learning from one another created a powerful network of changemakers. These connections will undoubtedly continue to inspire collaboration and support as we work towards common goals. 

A Catalyst for Personal Growth

Participating in the EUVP has not only broadened my understanding of European institutions and policies but also fostered personal growth. The program challenged me to step out of my comfort zone, adapt to new environments, and navigate cultural differences. It provided a unique opportunity to enhance my leadership skills, expand my global perspective, and develop a more nuanced understanding of complex issues. This personal growth has strengthened my ability to drive change within my organization and community.

Making an Impact

As I reflect on my EUVP experience, I am filled with a renewed sense of purpose and determination to make a lasting impact. Armed with the knowledge, connections, and inspiration gained through the program, I am more equipped than ever to address the pressing challenges facing my community. Whether it is promoting gender equality, empowering youth, or advocating for social progress, I am committed to leveraging my EUVP experience to create positive change. 

Participating in the EUVP has been a life-changing experience, shaping me both personally and professionally. The program has empowered me with invaluable knowledge, expanded my network, and reinforced my commitment to driving positive change. As I return to my community, I am filled with gratitude for the EUVP and the European Union for providing this platform for growth and collaboration. I am eager to apply the lessons learned, share my experiences, and continue working towards a better future, both locally and on the global stage.