Claire Manning: The Oklahoma Girl who Fell in Love with Macedonia and Bulgaria

Posted on February 24th, 2017 in Articles, My StoryRespond to this post »

11 June 2011, the USA. Claire Manning, a charming young lady from Oklahoma, knows very little about Eastern Europe. She has just graduated from the University of Chicago with a major in comparative human development. As she feels she wants to be a teacher, Claire applies for a placement with Teach for America. The day after her graduation ceremony, she is already on her way to a place where the aspiring teachers’ training is set to take place.

24 June 2016, Bulgaria. This is Claire’s last day as an English teacher at the foreign language school in the town of Sliven in the framework of Fulbright Bulgaria. She has spent the past two years in the town... Read More »

Egypt Entrepreneurs: Muhammed Nagi

Posted on February 15th, 2017 in Articles, My StoryRespond to this post »

After the Egyptian revolution in 2011, the co-working space concept started to flourish. Young Egyptian youth started launching different initiatives to tackle many social problems. The revolution increased their ownership over their communities.

The co-working spaces have supported many initiatives that allowed organizations and entrepreneurs to connect and work together for a greater impact. AlMaqarr (means The Headquarters) was one of the pioneers that started actively supporting NGOs, initiatives, and student organizations by hosting them in their premises and offering mentorship, training, and network, so they can operate effectively and grow to tackle community’s problems.

Muhammad Nagi, AlMaqarr founder and MD, studied English Languages and Literature at The University of Ain Shams. Mohamed is an entrepreneur... Read More »

EVS: True Stories Behind the Scenes – Part 4

Posted on February 10th, 2017 in Articles, My StoryRespond to this post »

This is the final part of the short series of true EVS stories. The idea behind this series was for young people to understand what EVS actually is, and to hear that there is information that is actually hidden behind the official statistics.

«2.4. Practical arrangements

The Receiving Organisation must take care of the practical arrangements in order to support and guide the volunteer from the moment of his/her arrival in the host country. The volunteer is entitled to free board and lodging. Her/his accommodation must remain available for her/him throughout the entire service period, including holidays. The Receiving/Coordinating Organisation must ensure that the volunteer can live in safe and clean accommodation and can eat... Read More »

How to Get to a World-Class University? If You Don’t Try, You’ll Never Know!

Posted on January 27th, 2017 in Articles, My StoryRespond to this post »

Young talented Slovak musician, Ester Wiesner is studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, and right now is in her final year of the Bachelor Degree in Jazz Composition and Vocal Performance. Ester is planning to spend a couple more years in the US performing, teaching and studying a Master Degree. Eventually, she’d like to come back to Slovakia and start a school of jazz and contemporary music. Ester told us about her studies in the US, future plans and encouraged us on having an entrepreneurial spirit and to be open-minded.

Mladiinfo: When did you have your ‘first touch’ with the music? How did the beginnings of your career look like?

Ester: The first touch... Read More »

EVS: True Stories Behind the Scenes – Part 3

Posted on January 23rd, 2017 in Articles, My StoryRespond to this post »

We continue our series of true stories about EVS life. Taking Erasmus+ Programme EVS Info Kit «What to expect from EVS» as an official guide into volunteers life and the examples of real experiences, we compare how it should be and how it might happen. Read carefully, maybe one day it can save your life as a future EVS volunteer:)

«2.2. Financial and administrative rules

The volunteer can request and must receive help from the organizations in obtaining a visa if so required by the legislation of the host country. If asked to do so in due time, the National/Executive Agency or SALTO can also issue letters supporting the volunteer’s visa application».

M: I... Read More »

Jingle Bells?

Posted on January 12th, 2017 in Articles, My StoryRespond to this post »

This holiday season is one of the best ones I have ever had. I started a new job a few months ago. I am doing my MA. Ankara is very cold, but snowy, which makes the holiday magic unavoidable. I feel as if I am in a movie, but there are no bad guys and no complicated plot. The holiday season also helps this sentiment. On the 11th of December, Muslims around the world marked the birthday of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). On 25th of December, Catholics celebrated Christmas. New Year’s eve is celebrated by virtually everyone around the world, uniting people in celebration of a new beginning. On the 7th of January Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas. So many... Read More »

Reflections From a Cultural Exchange in Guangzhou

Posted on January 9th, 2017 in Articles, My StoryRespond to this post »

It is definitely the most wonderful time of the year; the winter holidays are again here to remind us time spent at home with our beloved ones is precious, but also to make us reflect on the previous year.

For Ivona Shukuroska, an architect by education and a passionate traveler by calling, exploring China is the event that marked her 2016. She applied for a summer exchange via AIESEC and got to spend 6 weeks in Guangzhou. The aim of the exchange was to get to know better the Chinese culture, architecture, tradition, as well as to help Chinese people revive some of their traditions and to promote the tradition and culture of her native country, Macedonia.

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EVS: True Stories Behind the Scenes – Part 2

Posted on January 4th, 2017 in Articles, My StoryRespond to this post »

This is a continuation of the short series of true EVS stories. The idea behind this series is for young people to understand what EVS actually is, and to hear that there is information that is actually hidden behind the official statistics.

Story 2 «I woke up dizzy and without memory of what actually happened…»

«2.7. Risk and conflict management.

The volunteer must not act in any way that could put others or her/himself at risk of being injured. If a conflict situation arises, the volunteer may ask her/his mentor to facilitate communication between the volunteer and the local environment or Receiving Organization.

The mentor should be able to provide an independent... Read More »

EVS: True Stories Behind the Scenes – Part 1

Posted on December 26th, 2016 in Articles, My StoryRespond to this post »

Voluntary activities play an important role in Europe. The best-known Programme helping young people to volunteer abroad is the European Voluntary Service (EVS), which is a part of the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme (2014-2020). Started as a pilot action in 1996, EVS celebrates 20 years in 2016. Just imagine, close to 100,000 young people have taken part in international volunteering through EVS! To make this experience possible for everyone, Programme covers volunteer’s travel and living costs, pocket money, insurance and a discount card. And there is only one requirement: you must be between 17 and 30 years of age. No school grades, university degree or minimum TOEFL scores. You don’t even have to speak the host country’s language.

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Democracy Means Taking Responsibility for Our Interpretations

Posted on December 21st, 2016 in Articles, My StoryRespond to this post »

Giorgi Davidovi from Georgia shares his experience about studying at the University of Tartu in the Master program of Democracy and Governance.

First off, tell us where you are from and what did you do before coming to Estonia?

I come from Georgia’s one of the multi-ethnic regions and the sense of belonging to my community pretty much determined what I was doing in Georgia during the last couple of years. Before coming to Estonia, I obtained a BA degree of social sciences in international relations. My previous BA studies allowed me to apply the knowledge in real life, outside the classroom. Since 2012, I have been engaged in civil society activism in my capacity as... Read More »