Aleksandra's input as an Interreg Reporter

I’m Aleksandra, another IVY Volunteer in Danube Transnational Programme. I am very lucky to be a trainee in the Joint Secretariat. My adventure in Budapest is going to last 6 months. Hopefully it will be the 6 months of working hard, learning new skills and enjoying Budapest.

When I got an offer to become a volunteer in Join Secretariat of DTP, I wasn’t sure if I want to go to Budapest. I have visited this city before, so I was looking for different adventures. But I changed my mind after Skype interview with Eloy Gomez, who is my mentor during my staying here. After 2 weeks already I can say that I was so wrong, that I didn’t want to come here.

Because it seems like this city really likes me. Starting with a nice landlord and flatmate, through cool nightlife, and the most important, good experience on working with DTP. To be honest, at the beginning I was a bit frightened. Editing website seemed to be difficult, but when I finally got the point of those issues, I was happy to receive the e-mails and to help the projects.

The first event I took part in was NewGenerationSkills event addressed to schools and youth in Budapest. As I was working with youth before, I was very glad to attend such event. The aim was to promote the trainings for local youth, which are partially offered based on submitted local online questionnaire concerning the topic of work orientation by students of these local secondary schools.  


The second one was a conference in Veszprem. The event organized by Networld project let me gain new knowledge about the World War I. And the absolutely best part was the Escape Room. I had opportunity to meet interesting people. They were not only working in the historical field, but they were also very passionate about that.


Thematic Seminar, which was held in Prague, is one of the best memories I have from my time in DTP JS. Mostly, because I met another IVY Volunteer, Gisela. We had so many things to share that it was very difficult to stop talking and to say goodbye. But we also have learned a lot about the Programme and the projects. We realized, that sometimes we have to cooperate - when Gisela is creating promotion materials, I am checking if they fulfill the requirements. 

But it wasn't the only Thematic Seminar I took part in. Another one was in Bratislava. And I think this is the best memory until now. I asked my colleagues for opportunity to present IVY initiative for potential projects. It came out, that it had been an excellent idea! Many people started to ask questions about the Volunteering not only during the plenary session, but also during the coffe break or lunch. I also enjoyed this time a lot personally. I used to live in Slovakia for few months so I could use my slovak language skills. 


January was full of challenges. Apart from Bratislava event, I also took part in Capitalization workshop, where I got familiar with Capitalization Strategy. 

Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)