ISTO Americas’ director, Verónica Gómez, engaged in an event in La Rochelle within the framework of the Quebec-France cooperation project from 13 to 19 March, almost five months after the last face-to-face meeting in Quebec.
The week was full of exchanges of experience, beginning with a welcome reception at La Rochelle youth hostel, where various members of the two delegations (Saintlo and Auberges de jeunesse 17 de Charente-Maritime) met to continue the process initiated with the French delegation’s visit to Quebec last October.
Numerous conversations took place during this week such as the importance of networking through ISTO for members, the launch of Saintlo’s new brand that was at the centre of the talks as well as the opening of the Ottawa youth hostel and the launch of its Foundation. As for AJ17, a presentation of their strategic reorganisation through the “Local Activity Scheme” was given to the participants.
After a busy first day, the road took the delegations to visit the hostels in Saintes and Rochefort where three concepts emerged from these two visits:
- Exchange with the teams