Martina Stankovska

Interview of the month: Martina Stankovska

Meet Martina, positive, ambitious and friendly girl from Ohrid, future doctor and a traveler.

Tell us something about yourself: who is Martina and what is she doing?

Hi, I would describe Martina as a very adventurous and open- minded person, but on the other hand, she is also ambitious and hard- working as a student in a Medical University. 

On how many youth projects have you participated so far, and what have you learned from the expereinece?

I have participated in three youth projects so far and the experience I gained taught me a lot of things. Of course, I learned a lot about the topics that were specifically covered in the projects, but the things that change you as a person and make you more open- minded are actually the whole experience. Thanks to these projects, I’ve learned not to judge by the first impression, to connect with people who have different backgrounds, to appreciate more diversity. I enhanced my knowledge in the concept of multiculturalism and the skill of getting out of the comfort zone and just simply be myself. 

Explain your Erasmus+ experience in 3 words.

Enthusiastic, positive, fun.

What was the most interesting moment you had while on an Erasmus+ project?

I had a lot of interesting moments, but I would like to highlight the moment at the camp in Lithuania when we played team games outdoors in the beautiful yard. The teams were composed of members from different countries, where none of the teams understood the rules of the game and we all started running and laughing. The person who organized the team game was really confused so we laughed even harder and the atmosphere was great, so all of us bonded even closer and felt like a big family. 

What is your favorite traditional food you have tried while participating on a projecta and where?

Tarteletter is definitely my favorite Danish traditional food I’ve tried while participating on a project in Spain.

Which part from Erasmus+ inspired you to do what you are doing now?

The fact that I went to a medical high school gave me the opportunity to do an internship, that was organized by Erasmus+, in one of the hospitals in Madrid. That happened when I was 17 and inspired me a lot to continue my studies in the field of medicine. The project was well organized,so, both sides, the hospital team and the students were really satisfied with each other’s work. This type of project is different compared to the youth projects I have attended, which inspired me to travel even more and to meet and interact with new people from all around the world. 

How the knowledge/skills/attitudes aquired from participation in youth projects have been beneficial for you?

What I gained from these projects made me grow as a person, i.e. I developed my emotional intelligence on a higher level, improved my social skills, I became more creative in every aspect of my life, which are very beneficial in everyday communication with people.

What’s your passion in life?

I have two passions in life that are my goals now. The first one is to travel the entire world- not to be a tourist, but a traveller, to see different cultures and to broad my horizons. The second one is to become a doctor because I want to be able to help people and I love to study which is something you must do in order to become a good doctor.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I am most proud of myself for winning a first aid competition and as a reward I was able to do an internship as a paramedic in Amsterdam and to experience and learn a lot of new things there. Also, I am most proud of myself for travelling alone around Europe, which was totally out of my comfort zone.

What would you say to motivate other young people to take part in youth projects?

Young people may learn a lot about the world from books. Textbooks are filled with facts and illustrations, fiction takes us to new lands and introduces us to new people and ideas. But textbooks facts cannot be smelled, heard, felt, or tasted. Whereas traveling offers you the opportunity to meet people, hear the music, taste the food…That’s why young people should take every opportunity to be a part in youth projects, because there are a lot of benefits, such as exploring new cultures, learning about the world, making memories, understanding yourself and a lot more. These benefits will enrich your life and increase life satisfaction.