Date of birth: 16 June 1987
Position: Senior Trainer
Working languages: English, Welsh, Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian, Kumanovski, Bosnian, Lesovacski, Sami, Yorkshir
Field of expertise: Open Youth Work, Grassroots Youth Work, Sexual Health Education, Sports Development, Youth Expression, Educational Theory, Street Based Youth Work
My personal interests, knowledge and skills complement my youth work. I enjoy caving, rock climbing, and mountain biking. I have always enjoyed active outdoor sports and travelling, and have taken part in Kayaking, Canyoning and skiing in the French Alps on an annual basis. In 2003 at 16 years of age, I took part in a month’s expedition to southern Peru and two weeks in Ecuador where we took part in such activities as hiking in the Andes as well as team-building activities. For one week of the expedition we helped to repair and paint a school that we actually lived in for that week. It was a great eye opener that brought the group closer together and improved our teamwork skills. In April 2006 I was a young leader on Cardiff youth services Duke of Edinburgh award expedition to Australia.
As a young leader I was responsible for communicating with the young people about their problems during the trip and helping them to overcome these problems to improve the quality of their expedition. Since October 2007 I have been an active member of Cardiff University Caving Club and enjoy taking part in the planning and organising involved in caving trips as well as the social side. In August 2008, 2009 and 2010 I took part in a caving expedition to the Austrian Alps where the various caving clubs took part in exploring new and unexplored cave systems. After this through 2012 and 2013 I have taken part in joint British-Slovak-Kosovar-Macedonian caving expeditions in Kosovo and Macedonia. Due to this I have spent weeks working with new people in a dangerous environment and learnt the importance in communication and team work for the safety of others and in achieving your goal. I have taken part in several European youth work trainings, several Youth in Action trainings on Social media, Youth exchanges and Exploring diversity as well as one European Council training called 'Living in divided communities'. All these trainings were fantastic for inter-cultural learning and understanding as well as new and exciting forms of non-formal education and alternative methodologies for youth work. From October 2011 to February 2012 as well as from December 2013 to January 2014 I was a volunteer at Love Kids Orphanage in Nkoranza, Ghana, West Africa. My duties included child care such as helping with washing, play work and help with homework with the main project being about promoting sustainability through sun ovens. However, they also included plumbing, farming, masonry and carpentry as well as basic mechanics. Since 2012 I have lived on-and-off in Kumanovo, FYR Macedonia starting for my European Voluntary Service as co-ordinator of a youth centre. This required a number of diverse duties such as play work workshops, time management, foreign language interaction, community integration and general maintenance.
Under my management this youth centre has also held several concerts and youth events for local young people. I also ran several ‘English in Action’ and Leadership workshops within the centre set up Kumanovo’s first Street Based Youth Service. In recent months I have developed my professional ability as a non-formal education trainer and coordinator. I did this within the Youth in Action programme and its successor the Erasmus Plus Programme; I have been a professional trainer on a number of Training course as well as a professional Youth Worker coordinating a number of youth exchanges.