Helena is here!
Nickname: Heli, Helenikus
Age: 18 y/o
Where are you from? I’m from a small town by the name Kumanovo in FYROM/Macedonia. I bet most of you never heard of the country let alone of the town but Kumanovo is actually very close to the capital city Skopje.
What did you study? I’m actually a High school student. I’ve just finished my third year of High school and guess what…. I am studying medicine to be a nurse… Still I have bigger plans in mind!!!
How did you get to YEU? Well…let’s see. Actually a couple of my friends and I saw the invitation for this internship project and decided to send an application to our local NGO and just see if we get accepted. Luckily our professor was also informed of the ongoing project that included technical High schools, like my own and was willing to give us her support and the encouragement of our principal…. Because we were all great students of course!!! ( hihihi ) When I was scrolling through all the places and organizations I could have applied to, something caught my eye… the name Brussels popped up and YEU as the hosting organization. Soooo as usual I did some research and I liked what I saw!!! Fortunately all three of us got in (in different organizations of course) so as you can imagine we were pretty excited!!!!! OOH YEAAAH!!!
What are your expectations for your job @YEU for the next months? WOOW my expectations were bombastic but let’s keep it real people! Seriously I would just like to learn everything that could possibly be useful to me in the future and to practice communicating and adjusting to people and situations as better as I can, to gain new knowledge and skills etc. But more than everything to learn how to work on a schedule and how to behave in a work environment. Because it is my first work experience my first job and I am so blessed to have the chance to work in the YEU office with some of the most amazing people ever!!!
Have you ever been involved with young work and non-formal education before? Yes I have experience with non-formal education. I just started volunteering in my local NGO and it’s called CID (Center for intercultural dialog) I’ve been to their meetings and classes organized for young people and High school student from different nationalities and backgrounds with an aim to bring them closer and to develop a dialogue between the “groups”. Also last year I participated in a youth training in Switzerland in the Pestalozzi village on the topics of “Anti-discrimination, Conflict transformation and Child rights”. It was one of the best periods of my life!!! I enjoyed every second spent with my peers from Serbia, FYROM/Macedonia and Moldova. I looooved the people I met and the journeys we took together!!!!!
LET'S TALK ABOUT YOU...
a) If you could do anything in the world, what would you do? I want to traveeeel, see, feel, and taste all that this life has to offer!!!Honestly a doctor is what I want to be, when I grow up I mean!!! (hihihihi) Preferably an awesome surgeon!!! And I’ve always had a dream, a dream to go to Africa… or any other struggling country and help the people there with their medical care… ahhh to save lives, to bring them peace, hope… Isn’t that a noble cause?! Maybe someday to run my own practice center… who knows???
b) If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? BACK TO THE FUTURE!!! TA-DA-DA-DAM!!! HMMM WHERE? WELL I GUESS ALMOST ANYWHERE I CAN SEE NEW INTERESTING STUFF AND MEET WEIRD PEOPLE. I have always been intrigued by Tokyo or maybe somewhere in India, the colorful country, and also Brazil in the time of their festivals! ;-D
c) What’s the thing you’re most proud of? I am truly proud of myself. I am proud of every little award I have won, of every little acknowledgment and recognition I have gain and proud of every time I was worthy of respect and most of all worthy of love!!!
d) Who inspires you? Why? As a very curious person I have a habit of constantly observing people, their behaviors, actions and mind sets, analyzing every reaction and so on… so I can say that everyone can be my teacher, my life coach. Someone can teach me a life lesson without even knowing it… a man on the street, a bus driver, a girl in the market, a beggar on the street… they all can have such a profound impact on me, my life and my perspective. You can always take a massage if you are willing to look closer, search deeper. Most valuable ones are the advice of a concerned friend or family member, my mom, dad, brother, my sisters they inspire me every time just by being who they are!!!
e) What's your favorite place? My favorite place…. I don’t really have a specific spot, or a place but more like a feeling of fulfillment and peace whenever and wherever I am with my loved ones, my family, when were all together!!!
f) 3 Words to describe yourself: fun loving, open and a little bit weird
g) 3 hobbies/interests you have: riding my bike, playing sports for example: tennis. Reading interesting books, learning new languages and learning to play new instruments also I take pleasure in drawing and of course singing when nobody’s home. :D
h) what food will you miss most once in Belgium? Mostly traditional home cooked meals but I’ll be fine since I’ve got two Italian friends who really enjoy cooking and introducing me to their delicious Italian food!
positive things: Woow haven’t I bragged enough in this article??? So let’s make this short. I am creative, hardworking, passionate, dedicated, easygoing, curious, open-minded, I have good intentions, I am sociable and energetic.
negative things: I ask a lot of questions that can be irritating sometimes, or so I’ve heard ;-) ( hahaha), sometimes I can be overly sensitive especially in that time of the month, I have reacted let’s say badly in some situations and often my mouth runs faster than my brain so I say things I don’t mean and I hurt the people I care about. Often I take someone for granted but I can’t realize that. In some situations I lack persistence and I lose interest quickly. The End!