The GROW Magic spreads around the country, with the help of our awesome team: the Local Project Managers, the Ambassadors and the International Trainers. Let’s meet some of them!

Hanny Ana Castro from Spain – GROW trainer in Iasi

A dear friend of mine had been a GROW trainer last year, and when another friend shared it, knowing I was a bit lost with what to do this winter, it seemed the most reasonable option! Not only it looked like a project I wanted to understand better, I also had first hand info about how well run it was.

I was expecting to get to practice my facilitation / training skills, and for now I am not disappointed! The teens are really interested in what we have to say, although shy, they are really curious, ask loads of questions and make really good debates arise!

The first day in Romania

Well, I arrived to Bucharest completely sleep deprived and destroyed from the trip! Still, meeting all the other international trainers woke me up, and on the train journey to the conference my eyes were amazed by the landscapes and the small train stations and mountains we passed through!

Biggest dream

To work in a place where surf and other outdoor sports are used as a tool to help young people feel more connected to nature, each other and themselves, combining methods similar to the ones I am learning in GROW with those I have learnt in the past. Possibly away from the city, eating from a communal garden and living in community.

If I had a magic wand….

… I would make everyone who hates, walk on the shoes of the people they hate for a few weeks.

Most people don’t know about Spain that…

  • The north west coast regions of Spain (Galicia, Asturias) have more culture in common with Cornwall (UK) and Brittany (France) than with Andalucía (south of Spain)!
  • Catalonia has a few thousand Esplais; non profit voluntary associations organizing educational leisure time activities for kids during the weekends and holidays, where they learn about democracy, self-organisation, responsibility and confidence in a familiar environment! (different from the scout movement, which is much more hierarchic and structured).
  • We have holidays that go from building 30m high wooden structures mocking politicians to then burn them, to tomato fights, passing through weird pagan carnivals and all sorts of food fairs. It is not that Spanish people party a lot, we just do it well 😉