Sustainable tourism for the Adriatic and Ionian seas!

Hello Everybody!

My name is Marika, I’m an Italian student from Campobasso, the Centre of Italy. I study digital communication for international business and trade in Rome and this year I decided to start a new project joining IVY volunteering. For this reason, I am currently carrying out my volunteer program within the Secretariat of the Adriatic Ionian Euroregion, an association focused on the promotion of trans-national and inter-regional cooperation between regions and local authorities of the Adriatic and Ionian basin.

More specifically, I promote all the activities and projects related to regional and cross-border cooperation, particularly, concerning the Sustainable Tourism project, focused on the development of a sustainable and responsible coastal and maritime tourism in Mediterranean area because its main aim is to preserve the coastal and maritime regions from mass tourism that has a deep impact on the landscapes, societies and economies both positive and negative. Its challenge is to make everybody enjoy the Mediterranean responsibly and respectfully of the environment and local populations.

I believe this experience is a good starting point for my future career, because my goal for next years is to work on international projects.

Thanks to the IVY Initiative I am having a first rewarding experience in European project management. The possibility to collaborate and daily exchange ideas and information with partners from different countries, allows me to explore new cultures. For all these reasons, I think that the Interreg Volunteer Youth Initiative is a magnificent opportunity that I would recommend to every European student.

Marika Spirito

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