No, it’s not a typo. I’m Nóra, a Hungarian Interreg Reporter at the Joint Secretariat of the Danube Transnational Programme (DTP), seated in Budapest, Hungary. What’s the challenge in that? I’ll tell you.
Despite being a Hungarian, I have never lived for a longer period in our capital; thus, I welcomed the idea of being deployed here. ‘Besides’ it just feels right and great to work in a programme that has such a direct effect - amongst others - on my home country. But look at it from a different angle: I’m volunteering for an EU programme supporting 14 countries (including my own), in a team composed of professionals from all the corners of the EU– now it sounds a bit more international, huh? A huge mixture of cultures, that’s what I like!
The DTP has hosted me for 5 weeks already, and a lot has happened ever since I first set foot in the office. I slowly got to know my wonderful co-workers, settled in at my desk, I even bought a flower (hint: I’m incredibly bad at taking care of plants... but what to do, I’m also the stubborn type). Naturally, the first couple of days flew by fast while I was learning how to navigate in the world of DTP, studying all the abbreviations, finding the links between bodies and understanding the structure and purpose of our operation. It wasn’t always easy to catch up, but fortunately I found great help. Manon, the first ever deployed Interreg Reporter finished her volunteer experience at DTP just last Friday, so we had a month to share knowledge, ideas, and surely some nice evenings. Team deployment is such a great thing!
On my first week already, I participated on a seminar organized by Interact on Capitalisation&Communication, where I met amazing people from the network and amongst others, I learnt a lot about the art of storytelling – an incredibly useful tool for a reporter. The enthusiastic participants around me all work full-time at programmes, and aim at improving communication to make it the most transparent and compelling possible for the general public. Having seen this on my 3rd day of deployment, it gave me a huge motivation to follow in their footsteps in my own style.
Not so much later, I was lucky enough to be able to join Manon and interview together one of our projects, D-STIR – it’s a great one about making innovations environmentally and socially responsible, i.e. making sure its impact on society is positive in every aspect. The final output was a short video released 2 weeks ago, to make it easy to digest for the public – fortunately we reached lots of people!
The next interview was an even bigger adventure, as it involved a road trip to the South-West of Hungary. In a small village, Gyulaj, we prepared another interview with the project RARE aiming at integrating Roma people as a human resource. Seeing the local success, talking to people whose life truly has changed for the better made it clear that this is a story to share. The video is coming soon!
Last but not least, I also prepare visual content on a daily basis for the programme, which makes our communication more interactive and attractive, thus more accessible for our audience.
So what’s the challenge in all this? I have learnt a lot about the EU in classrooms, but never had it in my life so close than I do now. I still keep discovering and understanding things every day, but the greatest potential is to further develop my skills and ability to make others understand and appreciate what it has to offer. And this is something that needs time and hard work – and I’m devoted to walk the path until the finish line.