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Interview of the month: Simona Tasheva

Meet Simona, 24 years old student at faculty of special education and rehabilitation.

Tell us something about yourself: who is Simo9na and what is she doing?

Simona is a positive and energetic girl, a student of the faculty of special education and rehabilitation. She is a creative mind and the founder of a children’s website ‘Kreativna biblioteka za deca’ (creative children’s library). She enjoys researching and experimenting, and her passion is working with children.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

I am still young and just starting my professional career. But, so far I am proud of starting my own web page for kids ‘Kreativna Biblioteka za deca’. It’s a children’s page where we share various tips and ideas for children’s development. Also, I am part of the association of deaf people and already working and translating on events. I work with kids as an assistant at school and do my own research on a topic. It is a good feeling when you see that you have already achieved something that you really wanted to achieve for a long time. And the motivation now is even bigger.

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

One of the projects was related to access ramps for people with disabilities. During the research, I met many people who were deaf and used a special sign language. That day was the day that inspired me to become part of the world of the deaf, to learn their language, and to spread that positive energy I received that day on the Erasmus project.

Explain your Erasmus+ experience in 3 words.

Motivating, adventurous, lots of memories!!

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

During the first projects – literally, everything was interesting and exciting. Everything was new. As time pass and more projects I go, I realized there are no 2 same projects and each project is unique. I am always impressed by the intercultural nights – how even if you listen and participate in a presentation, there are always new facts to learn, new food to try, new traditions to explore. This is one of my fav parts from the project.

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

There are plenty of benefits. My English at first – languages are not my strong side, but projects helped me improve and become self-confident using English. Also, teamwork, working and adapting in different environments, overcoming multicultural barriers, breaking stereotypes, becoming more practical – this and much more – and I am very thankful to this.

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

Get out of your zone.
Explore the world, create memories, make friends, learn something new and of course – have fun because you don’t know which one is your lucky one.