Mara van Hermon (NL) & Anna van Pouderooijen (NL)

Welcome to Wageningen! We are super excited and proud for our beloved hometown to be at the heart of our session. Wageningen is a extraordinary city with a youthful, progressive and vibrant energy that welcomes everyone, no matter what background or walk of life. We want our session to reflect that.

Additionally, Wageningen is very green, in both senses of the word. Surrounded by the beautiful Binnenveldse Hooilanden, de Uiterwaarden with the river Rhine and de Wageningse Berg with its forest and arboretum, among other things, you are really immersed in nature. Therefore, there is a big focus on sustainability with an abundance of second-hand stores and small businesses selling local products. We want this theme to be palpable throughout our session and to highlight local entrepreneurs and creatives.

Our goal is to challenge and be challenged. We want to learn from more experienced EYPers, but also from you: our delegates. By the end of our session we hope to have helped you become more independent and curious young people, which are two qualities that we value deeply. ‘Exploring’ and ‘broadening your horizon’ are some of the key words of our session. We feel it is important to keep growing and dare to look outside your bubble even though that might be uncomfortable.

Us both being first-time (Head-)Organisers, we were unsure of what this journey would bring and if we were even qualified enough to take on a project this big. What we have learned is that, with the help of others, you grow into the role you were convinced was too challenging for you. A regional selection conference is often the first step in the EYP career of many delegates and officials and we want you to feel comfortable to explore these new sides of yourself, because it is crucial to keep expanding your knowledge and skills in this ever-changing world. 

Lastly, we want to challenge and be challenged, spark your creativity, encourage you to make mistakes, ask questions and most of all believe in yourself, because we will be learning and growing alongside you. A quote that resonated with us very much is:

I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that!

Pippi Longstocking

With that we hope to have sparked your enthusiasm and we are looking forward to seeing you in Wageningen!


Anna and Mara