The story of “Visegradi”

I’m Aleksandra, another IVY Volunteer in Danube Transnational Programme. I am very lucky to be a volunteer in the Joint Secretariat. My adventure in Budapest started in November and is going to last until May.

When I got an offer to become a volunteer in Join Secretariat of DTP, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go to Budapest. I have visited this city before, so I was looking for different adventures. But I changed my mind after talking on Skype with Eloy Gomez, who is my mentor during my staying here. Already after 2 weeks I knew that I had been so wrong not wanting to come to Budapest.

Because it seems like this city really likes me. Starting with a nice landlord and flatmate, through cool nightlife, and the most important, good experience on working with DTP. But, to be honest, at the beginning I was a bit frightened. Editing website seemed so difficult at the beginning, but when I finally got the point of those issues, I was happy to receive the e-mails and to help the projects.

The first event I took part in was NewGenerationSkills event addressed to schools and youth in Budapest. As I was working with youth before, I was very glad to attend such event. The aim was to promote the trainings for local youth, which are partially offered based on submitted local online questionnaire concerning the topic of work orientation by students of these local secondary schools.

The second one was a conference in Veszprem. The event organized by Networld project let me gain new knowledge about the I World War. And the absolutely best part was the Escape Room. I had opportunity to meet interesting people. They were not only working in the historical field, but they were also very passionate about that.

Thematic Seminar, which was held in Prague, is one of the best memories I have from my time in DTP JS. Mostly, because I met another IVY Volunteer, Gisela. We had so many things to share that it was very difficult to stop talking and to say goodbye. But we did a video together, which you can check here.

But it wasn't the only Thematic Seminar I took part in. Another one was in Bratislava. And I think this is the best memory until now. I asked my colleagues for opportunity to present IVY initiative for potential projects. It came out, that it had been an excellent idea! Many people started to ask questions about the Volunteering not only during the plenary session, but also during the coffee break or lunch. I also enjoyed this time a lot personally. I used to live in Slovakia for few months so I could use my Slovak language skills. And I spend a lot of time with my colleagues. Since they know, that I used to life in Poland, Slovakia and now in Hungary, and that my bachelor thesis was about Visegrad Group, they started to call me “Visegradi”. I think I am proud of it.

January was full of challenges. Apart from Bratislava event, I also took part in Capitalization workshop, where I got familiar with Capitalization Strategy.

After spending 3 months here, in DTP Joint Secretariat in Budapest, I am sure that this is one of the best experiences in my life and I would like to recommend it to all of the young people in Europe.

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