Meet Stefan!

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From September until January 2017 we have Stefan as part of our IOA team.

The German organisation Eurowerkstatt Jena sent him as an EVS volunteer (European Voluntary Service). 

Learn here more about him.


1. Where are you from?

I’m from the city called Münster in Germany.

2. Tell us about yourself?

So, my name is Stefan I am 18 years old and just finished school in Germany. In my free time I like to meet people, try some new sports, go climbing and play the guitar.

3. Have you dealt with volunteering before?

I participated in a refugee alphabetization program in my school for two years as a teacher.

4. Why are you interested in volunteering in IOA and the No Hate Speech Movement?

It really bothers me that we are allowing hate speech to happen online and I think that we as the “children of the internet” are responsible to keep it clean. Additionally I think the IOA is offering me the opportunity to experience various fields of work.

5. Why did you choose Bulgaria?

Unfortunately Bulgaria was a part of the EU i until now couldn’t get a image of. Thats why I thought it would be interesting to live here for several months.

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

I feel like the poeple here are acting much more spontaneously than at home. I did not expect gestures of cultures to be that much different.

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

I am really looking forward to find my own specialty in this project and to improve my working attitude to become a more independent worker.

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

I am really looking forward to the “Action Days”.

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

Be aware of “Online Trolls” and do not simply accept it.

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