photo by Cumorah Academy

Before volunteering I’ve already been in Czechia studying at an international academy for 3 months, but I didn’t learn any Czech and did not explore the culture here because all students were from different countries and continents. And my first impression of Czech people was like “Wow, they are so nice and always asking for help, incredible!”. At least people in Ladvi.😂

During my first day in office I was so focused on doing and showing my best, because this volunteering for 1 year is my way to improve myself firstly as a good-quality and deserve-to-hire worker and secondly challenge myself as a person in whose country the war (little reminder just to pray for Ukraine and help us).

Everything at work was totally new for me. Of course I had that “summer jobs” in Ukraine but here is a new level and the main point – it is fully about youth work and work with young people and development in this area which I think deserve to be more appreciated and recognized, because everyone who’s working in this area is doing wonderful and sometimes truly hard work. 

Also, I was in a special meeting for all ESC volunteers from the whole country named “On-Arrival training” which was organised by the Czech National Agency for International Education and Research (DZS) and where all of us were charmed by our trainers Kristina and Filip (Guys, if you are reading this, we are so grateful for you and your activities!). We met in Nemcice, Kolin, a really wonderful place with the highest Wigwam in Czechia! 10 girls from Czechia, Ukraine, Italy, Turkey and France – what can I say? Of course they are such interesting people! On the last day we had an activity where each of us presented our own workshop. For example, I was talking with them about how to keep your own promises and not give up. 

By the way, I don’t regret my decision to choose volunteering in this NGO, because you can not even imagine how cool and different people are here! All time we are in synergy and I think that INEX’s secret of success is showing respect. I’m looking forward to seeing what will be after 3 and more months, how I will manage my first workcamp as a campleader at the end of summer, and how I will complete my goals that I set in the very beginning or maybe they will change, who knows! 

Stay tuned!