I was on a train after a project, I didn’t sleep well that night. I was sad to say goodbye to my friends and my experience in Poland. But suddenly I saw an announcement on Facebook “we are searching for participants for the training course Youth Worker as a Digital Communicator” in Bulgaria.
How amazing it was to have the opportunity, travel, discover and improve my digital skills! So without thinking I applied and a week and a half later I was in a plane, seeing Italy and half of Europe from the sky.
I arrived at the station where the bus starts the trip to Dobrinishte and my new friends there included me in the first second, and we found points in common really quickly. This doesn’t happen very often, so I enjoyed the hour with them until we met the rest of the group. In the bus we met a lot of interesting people and my country mate.
After 3 hours of bus discovering history and a lot of things about Portugal with my friend Raquel we arrived at the hotel Valentino, our new home. I was really surprised about how interesting my new colleagues are. All of them have stories and a lot of things to share and I was like a child on Christmas waiting for more and more. But the day ends and a new beginning starts.
On the first day we met each other and we created a group, knowing better about ourselves but also with the times and abilities of each of us. We also learned more about Dobrinishte in an impossible mission and how difficult it is to get money singing in front of a church. At night we ate the amazing food from Bulgaria, discovering new flavors and also new drinks! Afterwards, we shared the typical songs of each country and we partied a lot.
We started the second day with a shiny sun, so our amazing trainers gave us the opportunity to go hiking to the Pirin mountains. We started our campaign defining our topic “Non-formal education through art” but this was only the beginning. At the end of the night we made the international night with foods from all around Europe, 12 countries also defined by a product. Me and Ana used a napkin to define Spain and the funniest was Oguz and Elis with defining Turkish with lettuce. We tried a lot of liquors and after that I was editing the video for the next day to have a memory.
The next three days we were defining our topic and improving our skills and abilities for developing the project. We made theatre, a workshop of digital tools, improved our creativity and other things that take us a step forward to our project.
Meanwhile we played a lot and we had a better relationship with the others, we talked and stayed together and we created a really nice group. Also I discovered how comfortable I was with my new friends and how much I loved receiving hugs all the time.
The last day we presented our idea and our efforts arrived at the successful moment. We were very happy and felt a lot of things. But this also means that the project has come to the end. We stayed third in the ranking. And on this night we said goodbye to our Croatian guys. After that, we partied a little bit and the night ended without sleep.
All these new friends and stories I will probably remember forever.
The experience was amazing and was good for improving myself as a person, but also improving my skills as an Artist.
Thanks a lot for giving me the opportunity, it was really good. I loved it so much.