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30 Apr 2022

Charity of Ille et Vilaine travelling to Guernsey and Jersey



As part of the cooperation between the Department of Ille et Vilaine and the Guernsey Overseas Aid Commission on international solidarity, a charity from Ille et Vilaine, Youth and Development, opened its summer solidarity trip to Senegal to young Channel Islanders. The President of the association, Tahir THIAM, travelled to Guernsey and Jersey on 29 and 30 April to meet interested young people and their families, to present the stay and its solidarity missions.

During the three weeks, the aim is to allow each volunteer to take a step back from their family and professional situation and contribute to improving the living conditions of people with disabilities, working in the field of health, environmental education, social economy and coastal protection.

Mr Thiam was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the welcome from his hosts and considered this trip very beneficial “I would say that my meetings with the families, the young people and with Jersey Overseas Aid and Guernsey Overseas Aid have been very rich, motivating and breathe new life our desire to promote the international mobility of young people. »

Three young Channel Islanders are now registered to take part in this stay with four young Bretons. A trip, which beyond international solidarity, will allow to open up to other cultures and to lead a linguistic improvement (both for young Anglophones and Francophones!). The cohesion of the group has already started with frequent exchanges through a secured “chat” platform.

Next step is the trip early August, and its feedback in Ille et Vilaine and the Channel Islands by the then “ambassadors” to promote the initiative to potential participants of the future solidarity trips.

Guernsey's Bailiff and other island officials