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Hello, my name is Eleni and I am an IVY volunteer at regional Development Agency of Rodopi S.A. since November 2018. Throughout my experience I have engaged in the implementation of the Interreg V-A Greece-Bulgaria 2014-2020 project ‘ReinFORCE SOCIAL Entrepreneurial Spirit through the setting up of innovative structures in the cross-border territory- Social Forces’. The activities in which I have so far been involved include the organization of an Info Day, and a Round Table.

In this context, I have contributed to the implementation of the working packages regarding the Events Organization of Social Forces. Indeed, this experience has taught me how to cooperate with professionals from different educational backgrounds in order to create a successful event. In other words, I have had the opportunity to deepen my knowledge in the actual implementation process of the European Union (EU) policies on a local level.

In general, the Regional Development Agency has engaged me in discussion forums with young entrepreneurs who are interested in having a more comprehensive view of the cross-border commerce region. I certainly believe that my IVY exprience is going to help me in my future career since the qualities that I gained, such as team spirit, have helped me to develop as a person and professionally, since these features are essential in any job you may be involved in.

Overall, I have felt supportive to my colleagues because many of my suggestions have been taken into consideration. I have also been part of the working team expressing my opinion, and I have always participated in the coordinating procedures of the project. These characteristics made my experience unique so that I would like to repeat it, if I had the chance to do so. I would surely suggest other people to try it because through this opportunity, I have developed my skills, gained new knowledge and benefited from it.

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