1. Where are you from?
Hi! I am from a small city in the middle of France, situated at two hours from Paris.
2. Tell us about yourself.
I am Zineb, a 19-years-old French student, who is preparing a two years degree in social studies, with an option in city planning. It is my second year. So, during these, students have to carry out two work placements, one each year. I wanted to do these work placements in foreign countries and this year, it is happening in Sofia, with this association!
3. Have you dealt with volunteering before and what did you do?
Indeed, I have dealt with some volunteering before. I organized an intergenerational meeting. I also helped associations during events like professional forum for disabled persons. I am involved in a twinning committee, so it is also the opportunity to help. The last year, I carried out my work placement in Scotland, at an Oxfam-shop, which is a kind of second-hand shop, really popular in the United Kingdom. I was also a volunteer at a food bank during this work placement.
4. What’s the reason for you to make this decision and come to Bulgaria?
As I said before, I wanted to carry out my work placement in a foreign country to discover new cultures, new landscapes, new people and to develop my professional and personal skills. I preferred to make it in an European country because it was the opportunity to visit this continent, to learn more about the European Union and of course, to receive a Erasmus+ subvention, to be able to enjoy this experience.
So, one of my desires was to visit the Eastern Europe because I think that in France we don’t know many things about this region. To me, that is a pity because it seems to be historically and culturally very rich! Of course, when I was looking for an association, I tried to learn about its mission, its values, its actions and Infinite Opportunities Association seemed to be really interesting and appropriated for my personal and professional project. Indeed, I would like to work in the social and cultural development’ field. And I hope this experience will be the occasion to improve my English skills.
5. What is your first impression of Bulgaria? Would you come back again?
I am in Bulgaria since few days so I can’t tell you many things about this country. Of course, the language is different; I can’t read the alphabet at the moment; I can’t understand people but I am sure that this experience will be great, it seems to have many things to visit and to do in Sofia and in Bulgaria. Landscapes are definitely nice! And despite our cultural differences, we are all human, many people want the same thing: to be happy.
6. By participating in our project, what will be the benefits for you?
Professionally, I hope this project will allow me to learn more about the organization of educative, social projects and then, to compare how it can work between different countries. I will also be an actor of a project, trying to share positive messages despite the negative image of the world that some people want to show us. It will also be the occasion to improve my English language and why not my Bulgarian too!
Personally, I think this project will be really useful to develop our open-mindedness, our tolerance, our curiosity, our creativity, our sociability and many other positive aspects!
7. What do you think is the attitude of people in Bulgaria about the project? What is your attitude?
At the moment, I can’t tell you something about the attitude of people in Bulgaria because I didn’t begin it. But I am very enthusiastic about it!
8. What advice would you give those around you to get involved in the campaign?
Just do not hesitate, involved yourself and bring all your potential?!
9. If you had to describe the LOVE&HATE III project with one word, what would it be?
It would be: Empowerment.