Lasting Lessons from Cultural Exposure

Lasting Lessons from Cultural Exposure

   Time flies so fast. It’s like the moment I was preparing everything and imagining what would happen to my three months in the Philippines just happened in a snap! Now we just finished holding our biggest event, the Emerging Leaders Conference, and I am about to go home in a few days. I made … Continue reading

An Inherent Value

An Inherent Value

She wished to attend one day school. She wished to become like almost all the other children she knew. But her family prohibited her to do so. No explanation was given to this decision that could seem different than the traditional way a person might take to progress in life. She never knew how to sit … Continue reading

Freedom for Excellence

Freedom for Excellence

Freedom for Excellence. This is a phrase I like best among everything I have learned from World Youth Alliance Asia Pacific (WYA AP) as an intern. Right now, there are seven of us: three international interns, including myself, from Indonesia, Vietnam and Japan, and four Filipino interns. As interns, aside from our daily tasks and … Continue reading

“Human Rights is the universal language of the powerless” – EU Special Rep. for Human Rights Lambrinidis

“Human Rights is the universal language of the powerless” – EU Special Rep. for Human Rights Lambrinidis

WYA Europe’s latest update from European Parliament, this time a report on the Intervention of the European Union’s Special Representative for Human Rights.   On Monday 13th, the European Parliament Sub-Committee on Human Rights had an open discussion with Stavros Lambrinidis. Mr Lambrinidis, a former Greek minister for foreign affairs has been the European Union … Continue reading

Indonesia, the World and the Future I See

Indonesia, the World and the Future I See

Once I get back to Indonesia, I will be a changed man. There will be high expectations of me as I represent two organizations from which I have learned so much these past weeks. They have been life-changing experiences from which I have learned leadership, professional behavior and solidarity. My journey began with the Global … Continue reading

WYA Europe Report on Commissioner Hearings

WYA Europe Report on Commissioner Hearings

Since the 30th of September, WYA has been closely following European Parliament Commissioner Nominee hearings relevant to dignity, the family, and youth. WYA’s interns maintained a presence at some of these hearings, and this article summarises the content of these procedures. This process allows the European Parliament (EP) to screen the candidates for the highest … Continue reading

It starts with one

It starts with one

“Can you give me three dollars?” These were the words that continue to make me ponder. I have lived in Japan for more than 23 years and it was the first time that I met a beggar in my country who asked me for three dollars. I began to realize that that incident wasn’t the … Continue reading