Adam from the heart of Europe

Ciao a tutti! I’m Adam from the heart of Europe, Budapest, Hungary. I’ve graduated from BA in International Relations in my hometown, and received my Master’s degree in Sport Management in Norway. I will volunteer for 9 months with UISP Basilicata!

Recently I have been taking part at various sport events as a volunteer in Hungary, in order to gain more hands-on experience. As a person who is interested in different cultures and history, I was excited and keen to explore foreign countries, as I did before during my Erasmus semester in Istanbul, Turkey, and later in Molde, Norway. A couple of years ago, I also had the opportunity to visit Italy (Tuscany) for a choir competition, and I was amazed by its beauty and atmosphere. When I found out about the ESC programme, I realized that it is a ‘now or never’ chance for me to try my luck as a long-term volunteer, especially since I’m nearing the age limit being 29 years old. I had the chance to join a short-term project in Poland in August, so now I feel prepared to take it to the next level. I feel lucky and glad that I got accepted to this programme too with UISP Matera and B-Link, particularly as it fits to my area of profession.

Although I am a follower and fan of competitive/professional sports, and I have been trained in football, badminton and currently in table tennis, I can absolutely stand behind the idea of sport’s social and health-related aspects. Sport is a wonderful tool to promote social inclusion and a healthy lifestyle, and that can be utilized by any member of society (regardless of ethnicity, age, gender, etc.). Therefore I am looking forward to help reaching these goals during my 9 months here, including potential assistance to various sport events, and revitalizing currently not used/abandoned urban spaces.

My plans – besides fulfilling the tasks and challenges of my programme, gaining meaningful experience career-wise and learning to speak Italian on a practically useable level from scratch – include being more involved in the community of the town, taking part in different activity groups in my free time, and discovering the historic and cultural treasures of the area, and hopefully other parts of the country as well. 

The near future is quite uncertain and we live in hectic times due to the Covid-19 situation, but I try to stay positive and hope we’ll manage and cope with it without major hindrances and it won’t restrain the balanced flow of the programme. I am looking forward to starting this project and meeting with all of you!

Adam takes part in a long term European Solidarity Corps Volunteering, financed within the project “Solidarity Overcomes Solitude”, coordinated by Associazione Culturale Link.

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