Meet Simone!

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1. Where are you from?

I’m from Sicily, Italy. One of the southern (and most beautiful!!) region in Italy.

2. Tell us about yourself.

I’m 21. I am a third year student of Economics at University of Bologna. I decided to volunteer for IOA to contribute actively for the No Hate Speech Movement and to feed my curiosity about Eastern European countries.

3. Have you dealt with volunteering before and what did you do?

I had many experiences in different social and cultural association, but I have never been involved firsthand in promoting human rights campaigns.

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

Since I have already had abroad experiences in Barcelona and Ireland, I wanted to get to know a completely different environment and culture. Bulgaria indeed, has been my choice for its cultural and historical background. Furthermore, IOA is an incredibly interesting project, contributing actively to spread no hate and tolerance in educational establishments.

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

The first impression could not have been more positive. I am fascinated Sofia and I love to get lost in its narrow streets. The historical background is noticeable from both the architecture and the people’s behavior and it is an incredible added value for my learning experience. I will totally come back and I will recommend to anyone to discover and get lost in this amazing country.

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

I am convinced I will get benefits from the IOA volunteer experience. The opportunity to get in touch with the students’ environment is a stimulating and challenging task that always gives you important feedback on your job. Given what, this experience helps you to always improve yourself and your attitude towards the others.

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

I have already joined some presentations in schools both in Sofia and in North Bulgaria and I can say that people, once we present the project, they totally love it. It is true that almost nobody in schools already knows about our campaign and this can be an important feedback to strengthen our communication commitment. Hoever, tudents are enthusiastic of knowing people from all over Europe involved in a human rights campaign and our experience can be somehow inspiring for their future decisions.

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

Be passionate, be enthusiastic and never give up. Everyone can contribute with his/her little, but essential, drop in the ocean.

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