Meet our new trainees from Spain!

Our team is becoming more diverse from September until November 2017. The four Spanish people were sent for an internship with the organisation Fogart e mais and the program Galereuopa 2017 which is part ofYouth Guarantee. They are going to work in different fields such as delivering presentations about Human Rights, discrimination and tolerance in schools as well as in centers for Roma children, migrants or people with disabilities.

Let's find out more about them! Read bellow the interviews:

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1. Where are you from?

Beatriz: I’m from Santiago de Compostela, it is a place in the north of Spain.

Efren: I’m from the lovely land of Galicia the city Vigo, on the north-west of Spain.

Angela: I’m from Galicia from the village Calo (Spain)

Adrian: I am from Spain, Vigo.

2. Tell us about yourself?

Beatriz: I’m 23 years old and I studied Preschool Education in the University of Santiago de Compostela, to know a little bit about me I can tell you: I’m a person who likes to make things: listening to music, going to the theatre and cinema, visiting a lot of museums of art, knitting… but my favorite hobby is travel and visit new countries and meet new people.

Efren: I’m a 24 year old technician in Social Integration, I’m also a bit of a nerd that loves video games, fantasy books and tabletop RPGs!

Angela: My name is Angela and I’m 31. I’m the middle child of three sisters and I’ve studied Psychology in Santiago de Compostela.

Adrian: I live in a small city in Galicia which is in the north west of Spain. I have studied to be a primary school teacher who I hope to be in the future. I will stay here from September until the end of November in Sofia and I hope to learn about other countries and cultures.

3. Have you done an internship before?

Beatriz: No, this is my first internship and the first time that I’m living on my own.

Efren: I worked for three months in a residence with people with brain palsy. My work was to prepare addapted activities and projects but also help with their day-to-day routines when needed.

Angela: I did an internship in a public library in Portugal with the same program, Galeuropa. I worked as an public library assistant and doing reading promotion activities. I worked as well already as a volunteer in a Galician Alzheimer’s Disease Center.

Adrian: No, the work at IOA is my first experience as a trainee.

4. Why are you interested in doing an internship in IOA and the No Hate Speech Movement?

Beatriz: Because, I think that topic is so interesting for the young people to try to explain the importance of the words that they use and the different contexts of the uses. For me, it is all a learning for my personal and professional experience because children need to be educated in no hate speech.

Efren: This summer I decided that I wanted to dedicate my career to fight against oppression and hate, so this project looked like a very big step on the right direction.

Angela: I had never heard about this movement until two months ago and I do believe that these kinds of associations are necessary because the hate speech on the internet is increasing a lot.

Adrian: I believe that the labour of IOA and No hate Speech Movement is very important to building a society based equality, cooperation and integration.

5. Why did you choose Bulgaria?

Beatriz: Because this country gives me the possibility to learn a new culture, language and also the opportunity to live in a great city with lively and things to do.

Efren: It was the only place still available! Hahahaha But also, I love to travel to places I don't know and discovering the bulgarian culture from the ground up sounded like a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Angela: I was turn between Italy and Bulgaria but finally I choose this country because I thought that it would be interesting to know a dissimilar culture.

Adrian: I had been looking for my first volunteer experience and I thought that the project Bulgaria was very interesting. Besides working in the project, to explore a foreign country and culture were other reasons to go abroad.

6. What is your first impression of Bulgaria? Are there any differences and similarities you might didn’t expect?

Beatriz: My first impression is good because it is a very nice place. For me there are a lot of differences because I live in a village and now I’ m in a big city, but I think it is a place very interesting with lot of places to discover.

Efren: I love how every street and every corner has a personality of it’s own, the parks on Sofia are great and the food is pretty good too! 

Angela: The city center of Sofia is beautiful but it’s easy getting lost. Actually, I didn’t have too many expectations because I didn’t know a lot of this country so every day I’m learning new things.

Adrian: Since my arrival, I have known a lot of people from different countries and I have only had very pleasant experiences in Sofia.

7. By participating in our project, what would you like to learn/improve/apply/implement?

Beatriz: I’m really want to learn how to apply in games or dynamics the message of no hate speech movement and if it is possible to see how the schools work when we go to make a presentation as well the kindergarden.

Efren: I would love to learn everything I can about bulgarian culture, it’s a great opportunity to improve my knowledge about social work and how it applies to fighting hate.

Angela: I would like to learn about the Bulgarian social reality and the methodology that IOA implements in order to improve the community awareness about online hate speech and other ways of discrimination.

Adrian: I will try to learn a lot about the work project which I guess it will modify my points of view and my personality. In addition to that I think that I will improve how I interact with very different people and it will provide me an open mind and greater possibilities to solve conflicts successfully.

8. What are you looking forward the most to do in IOA?

Beatriz: I really want to see the reality of this society and help the people who need it the most, and learn how to support them. Also I want to go to the kinder garden and stay with this children because I love to spend time with them.

Efren: Right now I’m really looking forward to start doing presentations in classes.

Angela: I’m interested in knowing the situation of the Roma community in Bulgaria and in the way the association promotes youth work.

Adrian: I hope to raise awareness of the idea that diversity contributes to a better world.

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

Beatriz: I would say them: that the words we use to express our thoughts are very important and that we should always think before saying them.

Efren: Visiting our website is a great first step, there they can find information and links to the subjects they are more interested in.

Angela: I would ask my online friends to like the IOA Facebook page in order to know the NHSM campaign and spread this movement.

Adrian: I would give you the idea that we are involved in trying to make a better society in our own little way.

10. If you had to describe your project in IOA with one word, what would it be?

Beatriz: Enriching.

Efren: Empowerment.

Angela: Awareness.

Adrian: Awareness.