This week’s blog was written by Cyprus Fellow Sean Wright about what’s in store for the next couple months at PPI-CY.
Today is the last day of summer break for PPI-CY. Along with the rest of the country, we have taken the month of August to recharge our batteries, and think about how we can get ready for our next year of work! The down time was nice, but all of us are itching to get back and start the year off with a bang!
Over the next few months, PPI-CY has some awesome opportunities lined up. In October, some of our LDP (Leadership Development Program) participants will get to hop on a plane and head to Israel for a 5 day camp hosted by PPI-ME through the Erasmus+ exchange program. Similar to the summer camp hosted by us here in Cyprus, the other sites (except for SA – WE WILL MISS YOU!) will have participants there as well. What I am most excited about is to see the reunions between friends who haven’t seen each other since their time at summer camp in Cyprus. The bonds that were made during this camp will only grow stronger from their time together in the Middle East. Watching these friendships grow is an incredible site to see. The exchange has also allowed for all kinds of learning that we have been able to share with each other to help improve our programs. We are always striving to get better!!!
Along with the exchange trip to the Middle East, we pick back up with our scheduled practices and twinnings. Being able to help coach these twinnings has been one of the many highlights from my time here in Cyprus so far. Seeing both sides, the Turkish Cypriots and the Greek Cypriots, come together for a day filled with fun and laughter always brings the biggest smile to my face. Seeing these kids break through the common barrier of hatred that surrounds their communities fulfills the PPI-CY purpose. All in all, it looks like it is going to be a busy but exciting next few months here at PPI-CY and I wouldn’t want it any other way!