February Team 2018
I’m Federica, 24 years old; I come from Rome, Italy.
I graduated from scientific high school, although mathematics is not my strength.
I took my bachelor’s degree in International Cooperation and Development and now I’m studying for my master’s degree in it.
The interest in Cooperation was born from an interest to help others; mainly when I spent time in Kenya six years ago to meet my cousin that lives there.
Walking around Malindi, Mombasa, Nairobi, and Diani, I was asking myself why should there be all this poverty in a globalized world like this? Why should people who don’t have anything still smile at me? Why should they give me gifts such as bread, beans when these are the only things they have?...
When I came back to Rome, I started to study International Cooperation thinking that these studies were giving me the knowledge to do something.
In realty, I did 21 exams on theoretical subjects and I ended up with my bachelor’s degree but without the experience to do anything.
Anyway, I was still convinced I should take my master’s degree in it hopeful that everything would have been practical. I enrolled myself to take it, but I thought wrong.
After one year repeating the same subjects as my bachelor study, tired of studying without action, I took part in some volunteer projects.
I started with an internship with “Save the Children” in a project named “Light up the future” in the periphery of Rome based on day care of children after school. I worked as a Peer Educator.
In my short experience in Cooperation I have been also part of an Erasmus+ cultural exchange between Portugal, Romania, and Italy. Here, again, I worked as a Peer Educator teaching boys to know about stereotypes and how to break them.
I took part in a brief course in Project Cycle Management and I found an NGO that works with deaf children.
I worked there as project assistant learning how to present to the European Commission projects by call for tenders and proposals. After, 5 months I was making my own project with the partnership of CNR, ISSR, three schools and some little cultural association of my region.
After two years, I was again in Kenya, in Gede this time, in an orphanage that was needing help. I came as a volunteer to help them with babies.
Then I came back to my home in Rome, still tired of studying and not getting to practice what I was studying.
From the internet I found the OWC program.
Here I am!! I don’t know very well what are my expectations of this program. Mainly I enrolled myself because I don’t know anything about pedagogy and my goal is to specialize myself in working with children and youth and give them as much as I can do.
I’m convinced that if we must do something, we have to start from children because they will be our next generation. We must change their mentality if we want to have a better world. This is my dream, and nobody can tell me I’m wrong.
My name is Pablo, I’m from Spain, I’m 23 years old and today is my third day in Lindersvold. Now I’m going to tell you more about me.
I was born in a small city in Spain, and I was living there with my family until I was 18, when I went to a bigger city, Valencia, to study Political Sciences. As with everything in life it’s never what you expect but sometimes is actually more than that, because even if you don’t find or learn what you expected, you find and learn many other things and meet a lot of people who are going to stay with you the rest of your life. To me, that was the moment when I started to discover myself, still trying to find my place and my task in the world, but also enjoying the way.
I worked in many different jobs since I was 16, I went to a little school, then to a bigger high school. I studied in the humanities faculty, and I was a normal student, actually not the best, and also, I failed exams and subjects, but that was never a problem. There, I already knew that I wanted to study something about people, about how the people act and why, and maybe how to do things better. Then, I’ve been always interested in politics, and I was checking different options, but I chose politics because I found it really interesting, and I thought I could learn and read about a lot different themes. In short, I’m happy with my choice, and thanks to that now I’m here, interested in politics, but also in cooperation, development, sustainability… even if I’m not an expert in any of them.
After near 5 years I finished, with a very nice task, my TFG (the final thesis name in Spain), about refugees, the role of Europe and the European countries, and my own experiences in a refugee camp with a non-formal education program during one month. That’s a long story, but I just want to say, first of all, that is necessary to see the things from close up, and also that we have to act when it’s necessary and when you see that so many people, and so near to us, in this case, are suffering in a war, then they have to escape, and then they find the doors of the supposed “first” world closed. And there, I also realized that the world needs prepared people, volunteers and professionals, for this kind of crisis, tragedies, or injustices and to make the world a better world, always in a good way. We are humans and we commit mistakes, but we have to try at least to recognise them and do it better next time, not make things worse or prolong a bad situation.
But I don’t want to lose the thread or dwell on that too much, so I want to tell you why I’m here. And I’m here because I want, and I need a real training, and I want to do things well, and also try if I’m able or not, because also if you don’t try you can’t know.
When I found this place on the internet, I thought it couldn’t be real, because it was what I was looking for, but I didn’t know yet that it exists. Now I know, and I’m really happy to be here, really. Here I can see that I’m going to learn English, development, pedagogy, many other things, and the most important thing: with a lot of practice. And I could say a lot of other things like the life in community, the opportunity to go to Africa, the international atmosphere, the special place where we are, or just the challenge that it’s represents.
My expectations here? It’s easy: To observe, to learn and to act. Always enjoying as you can. And then what? Maybe to change the world are really big words but, we have to think on a big scale, at least for the long term, but not forgetting than the little things are also big things.
My name is Eglė. I am 23 years old and I am from the small, rainy country of Lithuania. This year I finished my studies at university and I took a diploma in infomatics. During the studying period I went for a few summer seasons to a small island of Greece for work, travel and to try different things in my life.
All this time I was wondering what I will do after my studies, what I want to do in my life for real and how to do it. I was sure, that my specialty is not for me at this moment, maybe someday in the future it will be perfect for me to sit all day in office and do the same things, but not now. I decided to search for something more. I was sure that I need more knowledge, more experiences, to have adventures and then I decided to start to go for my dreams.
I stopped for a minute and started to think about my old dreams which were somewhere deep and forgotten in my mind, and the first one is Africa. I knew that at one time in my life I will go there, the question was when. I really want to go to Africa and help poor people, help them to teach their children and make their life as easy as I can. When better than now?
Almost the same time when I realized that from now I will try go for my dreams, I found this program. And there is more than I expected, together with the voluntary work in Africa, I will get some knowledge about all the situation of the world, a base of pedagogy, and also a very important thing is that I will get a lot of practice with children and I will be prepared for Africa in all the needed ways.
I think that in our life we have to be more concentrated on our insides. To know all the formulas of maths, to be professional in programming or a leader in sales – this is not the most important thing. From my point of view the most important thing at first is that people have to know themselves, clearly know what they want from the future and what makes them happy. We are not machines so we do not have to firstly concentrate on some works as programming, selling or generally to give away our time and energy for something like that. We are human, we are earth-born, we have to know how to live and how to be happy!
That is why I have chosen this program. I feel and I know that it will give me a lot of lessons in this difficult life. Let‘s start from ourselves.
Choose your own way to be happy!
I’m Federica, I’m 27 years old and I come from Catanzaro, in the south of Italy.
I decided to move to Faxe Ladeplads to enjoy this 24th months program in “Fighting with the poor” and “Pedagogy” because I would to change my life and, at the same time, I want to build my future.
Well, One World Center gives me the opportunity to put into practice the skills, knowledge, competencies and sensitivities that I acquired in the past years of study and work.
Also, I love the common life that you can experience in this place; I love to meet other people that came from other countries and exchange with them our different experiences; I love to feel myself an important part of a big group, that it becomes my new big family!
This Organization, also, gives me the possibility to work in a “small school” - another kind of school - and to stay with other people that could need some help, or just a friend. In the same time I can maintain myself, so I can understand the important of common economy.
I think that this project could be an enriching experience from many points of view. One of the most important thing is that I can move to Africa with my team, after one long year training, and I really can see, touch and feel the reality of these people. Maybe I can help them… maybe I can help myself also to know the world and to find some answers to my questions. This could be one of the most growing experiences and it could change my life.
The motto here is “If You want change the world, You can!”… So, I think that before we change the world it is necessary to change ourselves, and here it is possible to do that.
Hello, it´s Ivan, a 24 years old spanish boy, and here I am,
I came from Tenerife, in Spain. A paradise island where people often go for holidays. I lived there until I turned 21. There I had a normal life, not so exciting. Obviously studying and hanging out with friends. Following the “rules” I went to university to study law, but as the years where passing I realised that I enjoy working with children, taking part in volunteer services, doing different activities and, mostly, meeting random people.
I studied law so the question is easy: why am I now “fighting with the poor”? Well, once I finished university I wanted to colaborate somehow with any project where I could feel I am helping someone. Let´s say I was missing something inside me that I knew I would find doing something meaningful. I didn´t know exactly what I wanted to do, but I did know that I wanted to do something relevant and significant for others. I took part in several projects before this one but I never felt totally satisfied with them. I really needed a project where I could feel useful.
Then one day I found this project. I tried to check all the possible information trying to understand what was this project about. I have to confess, the information was really general: community life, improve my skills, move to another country, heelp people, go to Africa and run a project....
Now I am here in Lindersvold, and being honest I still dont know what excatly this project is about, even though I have been actually here for a couple of days. So ok, I don´t really know what I will do here but I have big expectations about it: I know I will learn how to create and run a project, I am sure I will share this experience with amazing people who I will learn from, I feel confident about the possibilities of the project and what is more important for me... I will do something meaningful. So, here I am, this is just the beginning and I am full of energy to do it!
I was a really normal student in South Korea, then I was in an alternative school from 13 years old. At that time, I set up my one dream to be an NGO activist because of some impressive books written by a Korean female NGO activist. I thought vaguely I want to work for people in difficult situations like her and write a book based on my experience someday. I was finding out how to be NGO activist and what should I do to prepare for that.
However, after going to high school, they did not give me time to think seriously and set my future. I had to study until 10 p.m. every day to go to a good university and it made me frustrated. I needed time to find what I wanted to study and what kind of preparation that I had to do. I didn’t have time to even read one book. I forgot what I wanted to be and just thought that I want to rest and not to study these useless things.
Therefore, I quit my high school and went to the library for one year. First I read books that I wanted but I couldn’t read before quitting school. About the time reading book and staying for one place became boring, I judged that I have to go somewhere. Then fortunately, I could find a community in Jeju island and went there. I lived by earning money myself for one year with my friends and learning fresh things about peace. I attended a lot of demonstrations against government, about the April 16 ferry disaster, and about the USA naval base on Jeju island. The April 16 ferry disaster was an incident where 304 people including 250 high school students died because ocean police did not rescue people and just watched for some unexplained reason. I took part in many demonstrations about various issues and studied in a peace school for a few months. After learning the concept of peace, I wanted to know what kind of issues are existing in the world and do some good actions abroad, which was my dream when I was young. I decided to take action for my dream again, searched for and then came here. This school is a big opportunity to learn and take action in Africa which I have really expected for long time.
My name is Filippo, I come from Italy and I am 31 years old.
I gained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Law in 2009, a Master’s degree in Law in 2012 and the license to practice law in 2014.
In November 2015, I took part in a Recruitment & Selection Training Course, in Milan, which has strengthened my knowledge about screening a cv, Interview Techniques, recruitment, company structure, labour law and employment contracts.
One of my best experiences in my life was when I was in Scotland at Dundee Angus College, to study English. It lasted 2 years, from 2013 to 2015.
I have chosen to be here, because 2 years ago, I did voluntary work at a soup kitchen, at the convent of Saint Bernardino in Verona, (Italy).
It was a really a nice experience, lasted 8 months, and that made me feel good.
Months ago, I came across this advertisement and I thought maybe it's time to do something more, I thought maybe it’s time to do the next step.
I decided to apply for the 24 months program, because I think, that the first part of this program, will be useful to take on in a better way the second part.
My exepectation from this program is to work with people from different backgrounds, do meaningful things and to learn as much as possible from them, and from any situation that will come up.
Furthermore being part of an international environment can greatly enhance my interpersonal skills and give me a broader perspective.
I am really happy to get involved and become a part of your program.