Meet our lovely volunteer- Marzena!
I am Marzena, I am 28 and I came from Krakow in Poland. I graduated in Cultural Studies in 2018. Before I have started my volunteering service, I had a regular full time job. But an idea of living abroad for a while has been presented in my life since I remember. It took me some time to make it true but finally I have done it. While I was thinking of going abroad I had known from the very beginning that I am not interested in having just a job. For me it is very important to do something meaningful and developing. Once I read about the European Solidarity Corps programme I knew that I found my path. But then the Covid-19 has started and I was forced to postpone my plans. Eventually I got more time to find the best option for me which became the Know and Can Association.
Why did I decide to take part in their project? So, I have already had some experience in working with international projects supported by the European Union. I thought it might be a chance for me to develop myself in this field but from a different perspective. What’s more, the possibility of being in an international team was also very exciting.
My main interests are hiking, sightseeing and reading journalistic books.
I think that we develop each time whenever we join a new project, work or simply become a member of a new community. There are always some obstacles but a lot depends on our attitude. During this project I would like to develop a skill of working in an international team, improve my knowledge of English and with some luck learn a bit of Bulgarian.
I would like to take part in activities which involve desk research, preparation of graphic materials, share of my home culture or organization of events.
From the beginning I feel support from the organization. I know that I can ask about everything and they will guide me through my whole stay here.
Speaking about fears, I think that the biggest challenge might be adapting to the new culture and finding myself in a new daily life. But at the same time the mentioned challenges are intriguing.
When it comes to my previous experience with voluntary activities, the European Solidarity Corps project is the first one abroad. As far I have been a volunteer in Poland only. As a student I mainly took part in activities focused on developing a non-formal education among children and youth. Apart from that, I helped foreigner exchange students to adapt at my university and in Krakow.
Project number: 2020-2-BG01-ESC13-079437
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