We are very proud and happy about our international multicultural multicharacter multiamazing team of volunteers:
“I am from Poland, however since I can remember, I have had a deep urge of travelling to different places. I am excited about meeting new people from all over the world as much as passionate about learning new languages! I believe it is a shame there are so many fantastic but undiscovered opportunities around the world for young people. I am on the mission of sharing what I know and what I have experienced with others.
Currently, I am studying my master’s degree in Social Work with Youth and Children in Vilnius through the program Erasmus Mundus as the scholarship holder. Each semester of the program will take me and my cohort to a different country. We will go to Latvia, Slovakia, and Portugal, too.
My first travel was to Sevilla in Spain during my high-school summer as an AuPair. Then, having experience with the program, I went to Glastonbury, CT in the USA for a year, also as an AuPair. During my stay, I realized how big and exciting the world is which led me to start my bachelor’s studies in Lancaster, the UK. I studied Spanish Studies with Chinese, and additionally Psychology 101 in my first year. During and thanks to my studies, I explored Malaysia, China, Peru, Argentina, and others through various educational programs or jobs. During my studies, I discovered Erasmus+ projects directing my interest to European projects. Since then, I volunteered with European Solidarity Corps in Zagreb, Croatia as well as Nicosia, Cyprus. Afterward, I participated in the program called Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs teaching Spanish in the language school in Prague. And then, I started to volunteer for Abroadship, starting another extremely exciting journey!
All of the experiences taught me a tremendous lot. Simple things in life, such as my health, good people around and my family are of the main importance. I intend to live my life to the fullest while at the same time sharing with people all the options they have to develop themselves, around the world!”
“I am from Slovakia from second biggest city called Kosice. I really love my hometown and I am always happy to go back home when I am travelling. I have a passion in sports and travel. I think those things can open the world to young people and give them different perspective on things.
Currently I do orienteering run what is running in the (usually) forest and have a map and compass and you have to orienteer so know where you are and where you want to go. I really love it because it is not just about physical condition but you have to think and be focused. When I was young I was very active and my parents sign me in swimming club. I am very happy that they didi it because it gave me a lot. Later, I have changed swimming to handball and it was nice to see difference between individual and collective sport. Later on I found orienteering run what I am going until today. Sport gave me a lot as discipline, friends and thought that not always everything goes as we want and it is ok.
When I was at first part on my primary school my sister went to Erazmus youth exchange and I knew that I would like to do same in future. Now, I am 18 years old and I have participated in 10 Erazmus youth exchanges/training courses and I spent one year of my high school in UK. My first youth exchange was when i was 14 and it was in Portugal. I will never forget that day how I went to train station to meet totally unknown people and travel for first time alone. Later on my high school I went to UK for one year what was my little dream. This totally changed my perspective and I think I really grown up during this year.
When I was In UK I had an option to go to few youth exchanges and that is how I got to know about abroadship. And now, I am volunteering here and enjoying it. It is brilliant opportunity how to gain some skills and meet people who have same passions as me:D”
“I was born and grew up in Georgia, in the small town called Gori. One of the most important events in my life was joining my school civil club because that was the moment when I started being active citizen. We used to do a lot of activities, organize trainings/seminars, collecting things for the homeless children, elderly, but the most important project was making square near my school.
Another important period of my life that tought me : “there’s no better, not worse, just different” was spending one academic year in the US (FLEX programme). I remember my first day as a volunteer quite clearly. It was in summer 2014, Indinapolis, Indiana, US. My local coordinator took the whole international group to participate in the voluntary project “Keep Indianapolis Beautiful”. Since that day Volunteering has been one of the things that makes me happy! For me Volunteering means spending some of your free time helping others.It means “Help Yourself by Helping Others” and helps you to grow personally. Volunteer experiences often put you in a different environment and expose you to people and situations that you wouldn’t have come across in your regular life. And it happed when I went to Agape, Italy last summer to volunteer in the ecumenical center, participated in 3 international camps and met a lot of amazing people!
Since I was middle school student, I have participated in a lot of projects, trainigs, camps, Youth exchanges and in the future I would like to continue being active citizen, gain knowledge, experience and share with others. If we get together, we are capable to change things for better in our communities and gererally in the world. I believe that we bring this world together!”
“I am Lilit, a 24 year old Armenian living in Yerevan. I am an open-minded and motivated person, eager to face challenges and gain new experiences. I am a dynamic person, sociable, responsible and funny, who loves interacting with people with different cultural backgrounds, who wants to learn as much as possible about the world we live in.
In 2013, I got my bachelor’s degree at Yerevan State University from the faculty of Oriental Studies. I have recently graduated from the American University of Armenia getting my master’s degree from the Faculty of Political Science and International Affairs. The choice of my first profession, oriental studies, was not accidental as I have always been interested in the Middle East, its culture, its traditions, its people, its political conditions and especially its language.
There are many things I like to do, to see, and to experience. I enjoy watching films, especially historical. I am also interested in sports, especially in tennis. I’ve been playing since I was a little girl. I love travelling, sightseeing, listening to music and dreaming.”
“I am a student of the 3rd course at Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno (Belarus) and getting the specialty «Linguistic support of intercultural communication. Translator». The member of New Faces and Aegee-Grodno.
To begin with, by nature I am a team player and a knowledge-hungry learner. I’m full of enthusiasm and creative ideas. People say that I’m active like a live wire! All my life I’ve been trying to reach self-realization. As I see it, I am a versatile and easy-going person, who have been chasing non-formal education everywhere.
Beyond a shadow of doubt, I love and am good in learning languages. So, you are free to write me in Russian, Belarussian, English, Polish and German.
Frankly speaking, it’s personally important for me to join the world experience, to influence the development of modern Belarus and to be able to apply the knowledge gained during non-formal activities for my future career”
Robert works as a freelance consultant on a range of initiatives, including youth and community development and working in partnership with charitable organisations, focusing on start-up initiatives. His current projects include a college for natural building skills, the installation of a 15-tonne waste digester for a university campus in London and driving the sustainable development of a new outdoor education centre, with the planting of a 55-acre woodland and a 5 acre sewage-treating wetland. In the past 5 years, he has raised £200k for community initiatives and charitable organisations.
As a tutor, Robert also delivers skills in environmental education, citizenship, employability and horticulture skills and is currently working on food growing projects within the public realm, along with creation of small-scale community allotment spaces; leading foraging, bushcraft and nature walks to help communities raise awareness and appreciation of nature and wildlife habitat.
“I have a real desire to effect social change by my actions; to educate and inspire in issues around sustainable living, to enable people to live healthy active lifestyles and build their self-efficacy through local food production. I wish to catalyse investment in social capacity and active citizenship through supporting community initiatives and raising individual enrichment, whilst promoting awareness of environmental issues that are becoming increasingly important.
I’m hoping to take my permaculture studies forward to design resilient human ecosystems, regenerative communities and facilitation of a ‘transition town infrastructure’, and utilise further research towards my MA in Youth Work and Community Development.”
Rob is committed and driven to recognise his vision of establishing an independent education space in London. He believes the way we live, what we value and how we are educated need to be revised for us to transition into a paradigm of sustainability; meaning our collective and individual focus is on flourishing rather than surviving. Flourishing means that everyone on the planet must be free and able to lead dignified, authentic lives.
“I am Gabrielė, 18 years of age, born and raised in the marvellous lands of Lithuania. I am a student, traveler, geek, scientist and musician. I love volunteering, playing the guitar and the piano, singing, doing chemical experiments, making robots and reading books. I‘m a very active person who can do 100 things at the same time. I‘m obsessed with Physics so I mostly talk about the laws of nature and physical forces (E=mc2).
Next year I‘m finishing school so now I‘m considering what and where I‘d like to study. My biggest dream is to study Materials at the University of Oxford.
I love travelling – I‘ve visited a lot of countries in Europe and I‘d like to travel all over the world! Every country is so different, there are many things I‘d like to see, taste, do, hear and experience…
During my leisure time I read obligatory Lithuanian literature (well, I‘d rather choose to read something I like more (Harry Potter or books by John Green) but…) and listen to music (I love Shawn Mendes, AC/DC, David Guetta and Debussy).”
Before I introduce myself let me ask You a question:
Do you know that feeling when you meet someone and it feels like you already know that person? But also you can (and want to) talk for hours about anything… So it’s kinda friendship at first sight…?
I hope You know what I’m talking about because it’s one of the best feelings… At least I think it is. And this is the reason I’m here and I’m doing (almost) everything in my life.
So yeah, back to me. Some basic info: name: Anna; age: 20; current location: Budapest [Hungary]; birthplace: Cluj-Napoca [Romania]; I like: cycling, listening to gooooood music, my Mom, reading, watching series when I have to study for exams, etc. I’m doing my bachelors degree in marketing and I’m working as a graphic designer.
As almost the half of the World, I really like to travel. So one of my life goals is to work and travel at the same time. Somehow I will do it!… Not only because I want to see new places but mainly because I want to meet awesome people (keep calm, there are pretty nice people in Romania and in Hungary as well, but you know…people are never satisfied).
So I just wanted to say that keep looking for great opportunities in this beautiful World!
Have a nice day!
“Since I was a little girl I wanted to change the world. I knew I wasn’t ordinary and I never wanted to be. My goal is to have an impact on the world, to leave something behind. I am a very passionate, dedicated, hard working and extremely motivated human being. I believe we should take care of our world and everyone who lives on it like we do with ourselves.”
“Jeigu kas, tai kaip nors.”
That’s the lithuanian phrase that I follow and truly believe in which means “If what then somehow”. My name is Austė and I am 18-year-old. As you can already tell I live in a very colourful place called Lithuania. I am keen on volunteering, listening and performing music, reading, watching some ‘’Game of thrones”, hanging out with my friends and etc. I am a school-leaver and I really hope that I can study abroad to see some new places, meet amazing people and to gain some new experience in life. My goal is to travel as much as I can and see the diversity in our world.
“Hello! I’m Przemek and I’m from Poland, actually based in Cracow, where I’m studying Marketing. If I will do some mistakes in English below, don’t worry please. I will explain you why later.
I’m 21 and I like photography, I do a lot of photos, but now I’m focusing on earning money (in the future I want to start my business connected with photos, but I need some money to do it) and in my studies.
My self confidence skills are so high, really. In meetings always I am the man, who first say “let’s do something”. This is in polish language.
In my studies my English level is B1. It isn’t good, I don’t know much words, and generally my English sucks… but! Despite this, I have been in two projects (Media Creator part 1 and 3 in London). On the third part I was something like helper, member of the crew. And it was really good on my point of view. I have got feedback from other people and they told the same.
Now I’m a part of abroadship.org. I believe, that this is my chance to learn a lot of new, super things, new people, work together online (maybe in future eyes to eyes haha) and make my English better and better 🙂
I’m really lazy guy. It could be a advantage, because I’m really close with people, I like talking with each other etc. But generally this is a huge disadvantage. I have a big problems with keeping deadlines etc. I hope, that this adventure helps me with that.
So, I’m at your disposal, you can write to me at any time if you have some problems or without problems. If you want to talk about weather, feel free 🙂”
“Hello! My name is Diana, I’m 18 years old and I’m Romanian. If I were to describe myself in one word, I’d say I’m curious, as I’m always trying to find out about new fields that I know nothing about and new experiences make me happy. I consider myself a creative-thinker, a hybrid, a person that is floating somewhere in the grey area between art and science, between feeler and thinker, between very spontaneous and extremely analytical.
In the last years, I found out about myself that I’m at my best when I feel useful, when I feel like my contribution to something has a result that is helpful and makes someone’s life better. So, I’m doing my best to invest my time and creativity in causes that I’m passionate about. And here I am.”
“Hello everyone! My name is Sara and I am from Montenegro – a small country in the Balkans. I am a law student at the University of Belgrade and would like to become a lawyer one day. I am also a Russian, Serbian and English online teacher. I learned several crucial skills for working in a team while teaching languages for almost 5 years, including patience, leadership, organizational skills, and much more. Being proficient in those languages also allowed me to read more literature in its original form, which I found quite delightful since I am an avid reader. Being a freelancer had a significant influence on me as a writer, and I developed a distinct adaptive writing style.
In my spare time, I like playing the violin, which I have done for almost ten years. I am a regular traveler around Europe, but I aspire to see other continents in the future. “