Neue Europäische Freiwillige // Interview
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Eine weitere Europäische Freiwillige aus der Ukraine unterstützt seit wenigen Wochen den pädagogischen Fachbereich Internationale Jugendarbeit. Oksana Spolyak kommt aus Lviv (Lemberg) und hat dort Anglistik studiert. Im Interview mit Irem Orhan (EJBW) erzählt Oksana, warum sie sich für den ESK entschieden hat und was sie im Rahmen dieses Programms für sich mitnehmen möchte.
EJBW: What made European Voluntary Service appealing to you?
Oksana: For the last 7 years I’ve always been involved in volunteering and being among internationals (mainly at local and international events in Lviv (I come from Lviv, Ukraine) and European youth organization – AEGEE). So it became an inseparable part of my life. What I appreciate about volunteering is the opportunity to assist others, to be »useful« for the society (even if it involves a simple explanation of how to get to the city center to a foreigner). The feeling that you helped somebody is already your reward. I knew about EVS /ESK (and even applied) before. What always looked appealing about it was the chance to live and work in another country, having daily meetings with various people from all over the world and having multiple opportunities to cooperate with others and develop yourself.
EJBW: Why did you consider EJBW to be the best place to do volunteer work?
Oksana: Despite my considerable professional experience in the meetings industry, now I realize that I would like to work in the youth field. Focus areas of EJBW are the ones I further want to be deeply involved in: Education in Europe, socio-political and civic education, international youth work, and human rights. Arranging contentful training courses, supporting youth exchanges, accompanying international educational programs sounded like a match for me during my application period, for it does not only comprises my interest but my expertise too. Besides, I was interested to know how Germany works with youth and incorporates EU Youth Strategy into its activities.
Moreover, in the middle of volatile political, economic and social situation in Ukraine, I would like to see it thrive. If I can contribute to the situation positively with all the best foreign practices, I believe I have to take advantage of it.
Additionally, this year Lviv City Youth Centre will be opened. I hope what I learn at EJBW could be well applied there for creating an institution for civic education of local and national youth, to jointly form the present and future of youth agenda and policies that go in line with real needs of young people.
EJBW: What skills and competences do you expect to acquire or improve at the end of your volunteering experience?
Oksana: Really diverse. From broadening my project management skills and knowledge of socio-political system to diving into rather extensive time of living abroad independently, all of which proves to be exciting! And, of course, I can’t help mentioning mastering my German. Wer sich bewegt, bewegt Europa.
EJBW: Dear Oksana, thank you for the interview. We wish you a good start at the EJBW!
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