1. Where are you from?
I am from Dresden, Germany. It’s in the very east of Germany and close to Poland and Czech Republic.
2. Tell us about yourself.
My name is Lena and I’m 19 years old. Last year I finished school, traveled for some weeks in Europe, did an internship for 3 month in a festival theatre and now I am in Sofia volunteering 10 month in IOA. My aim for this time is to learn more about myself and other people and also to contribute to a better living together without hate.
3. Have you dealt with volunteering before and what did you do?
No, I haven’t volunteered like that before.
4. What’s the reason for you to make this decision and come to Bulgaria?
Since many month it was my wish to go abroad and to do something else as learning in school. For me the countries of south-eastern Europe are very interesting because of the difference to the western part like Germany. Bulgaria has so much to offer such as the different people, cultures, the new language (I don’t know it at all yet), nature ect.. But the final decision was because of the project from IOA.
5. What is your first impression of Bulgaria and would you come back again?
I just saw Sofia since 3 days so I don’t know about the rest of Bulgaria. But Sofia seems to be very interesting because it’s really different to my home town. The centre looks new and other parts old and unrenuvated but all people were kind and curious. And I also really really love the food.
Yes, I definitely would come back. I think Bulgaria has many many things to offer which didn’t experienced yet.
6. By participating in our project, what will be the benefits for you?
Testing me and my courage through all my tasks and gain many experiences that will help me for my future. To learn more about the differences of people, cultures, countries ect. and how it is to work in another culture.
7. What do you think is the attitude of people in Bulgaria about the project? What is your attitude?
I think many Bulgarian people (the same as people from other countries) aren’t aware of the sense of human rights, justice and about hate – when/how it starts and how it ends/which consequences it has. This is a massage that has to be more spread. It’s important for me to make this to a common topic, to talk and discuss about it.
8. What advice would you give those around you to get involved in the campaign?
You should treat others as you would like others to treat yourself, as Kant said.
9. If you had to describe the LOVE&HATE III project with one word, what would it be?