Hi, I’m Fani from Macedonia!
I love nature, mountains and sea. In my free time, I like to visit cultural and art events, hike and travel. My motto is: “Minimalistic and balanced way of life solves a lot of problems”.
I graduated in Business Management at the Faculty of Economics at the Greek Aristotle University in Thessaloniki. In the past years, I have been working with young people in the non-governmental sector on the topics of social entrepreneurship, cyber security and tourism, and I think that these topics are really important now.
What motivated you to apply for volunteering?
After several years of work and involvement in the non-governmental sector, I was in contact with some volunteers, and I got the wish to volunteer somewhere outside my country. The topics connected with nature and environment really interest me and I wish to learn more about it. Also, I would like to contribute with my organizational skills that can help raise the awareness of young people on the environmental protection topic.
Why did you choose Split as your destination?
I am interested in the topic of environment and nature protection, so I wanted to volunteer in an organization that deals with this topic. I saw a call from Sunce for volunteering in Split, so I decided to apply. Croatia has always been an interesting country for me because it is a mix of Yugoslavia, the Balkans and Europe and I wanted to explore it more, so the combination of the topic and the location of the project suited me perfectly.
What are your first impressions of Split?
Split is beautiful! I’m fascinated by the old part, which is beautiful and has a lot of things to see. People are nice and positive and there are a lot of tourists and activities. It was a wonderful feeling to see the sea and the large amount of blue color when I went to a beach!
Every day I learn about some new place, and I can’t wait to explore it all.
Do you have a message for all young people who are thinking about participating in the European Solidarity Corps (ESC) program?
Of course! They don’t need to deem too much but take advantage of these opportunities! The ESC period is an unforgettable part of life where young people get to know themselves, become independent, have opportunity to be useful and gain new experiences. In addition, you meet new people, experience a new culture, explore, go to different events, you are part of the cultural life in a new environment and that’s wonderful!
What do you miss the most from Macedonia?
Family, friends, and cheese 😀