Meet Ana!

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1. Where are you from?

I’m from a village in Aveiro, Portugal.

2. Tell us about yourself.

I’m a 24 years old graphic designer, looking forward to putting my skills at the service of good causes, reflecting on the balance between graphic dialogues and humanitarian work.

3. Have you dealt with volunteering before? What did you do?

Yes, I’ve volunteered in two other projects. I’ve distributed food at night to those in need and I also worked at a dog/cat shelter.

4. What’s the reason for you to make this decision and come to Bulgaria?

I wanted to do something new and different at this age, so that I could grow as a person, so I’ve decided either to move to the capital or abroad. For this reason I applied to several EVS projects, not because of the destination but for the project itself.

5. What is your first impression of Bulgaria? Would you come back again?

At first I was scared for the huge cultural differences and for the place itselft. But truth be told, this moment lasted a few hours. The next day I realized how easy/close it was to travel through the city, and everything, including the suburbs have a real sense of genuineness.

6. By participating in our project, what will be the benefits for you?

I will have more experience in communication and graphic design and also, especially in thinking design – communicating in order to solve specific problems. The field and social experience will also be a unique opportunity.

7. What do you think is the attitude of people in Bulgaria about the project? What is your attitude?

I think most non-bulgarian people are really supportive – everyone as an interest in turning Bulgaria into a welcoming place. My attitude is to keep being positive about it, it’s not a project with a beginning or an end – it’s a continuously process where you can always try to give your best to help.

8. What advice would you give those around you to get involved in the campaign?

I think most people have already felt a hateful comment regarding theirselves, so most people should be able to understand the repercussion of what we hear and of what we say. Otherwise, most of all like to travel so I think we all will have the opportunity to feel what’s like to feel out of place when you’re not at your home country – this way, with a strong movement we can always downsize the intolerant feeling about foreigners.

9. If you had to describe the LOVE&HATE III project with one word, what would it be?

Tolerance.