While applying, Liudmyla was interested in two areas: consulting youth
organizations and social enterprises and activities of youth organizations. She
had experience in the implementation and financial management of her own youth
initiatives so she was looking for an opportunity to gain practical
international management experience in order to bring the activities of her own
organization to a higher level. Therefore, when it came time to decide on the
host organization she chose Mr Carlos Blanca and the Geoclube. This
organization has been working for more than 20 years and has tremendous
experience in implementing large-scale youth projects. Carlos’s main motivation
was to have the opportunity to work with open-minded person that likes
challenges and thinks "outside the box". When he first met Liudmyla
he saw her enthusiasm and realised that their exchange would be highly
During the exchange Liudmyla worked not only with Carlos but with the
entire team of the organisation getting many insides on youth work. Every week new
opportunities were coming her way. During the exchange Liudmyla visited a
career orientation exhibition in Porto (Qualifica) and participated in a
training course on writing solidarity projects "European Union: Solidarity
prevails". Together with Carlos they prepared lectures for students and
schoolchildren of Porto educational institutions. They also conducted a
training on creative and cultural entrepreneurship within the project. Carlos worked
with Liudmyla on her organisation development and together they writing
articles on various topics. Under Carlos guidance Liudmyla put herself in new
shoes and participated in applications for Erasmus+ writing process.
The main takeaway for Liudmyla of this exchange was working in a
multicultural team – being open, tolerant and accepting constructive criticism.
Both Liudmyla and Carlos could compare how NGOs function in other countries.
They found partner organisations for common work on the EU projects in the
fields of ecology youth exchanges and entrepreneurship. Liudmyla helped Carlos
to change their communication strategy and developed new one for her project. In
3 months she went through all the business processes and realised how she can
adapt gained experience in her NGO. Returning to Ukraine Liudmyla reviewed the
activities of her organization and focused on the work and support of young
people in these difficult times. She held a strategic meeting with the team
where they determined new activities held a brainstorm and now they plan to
attract resources for future projects implementation.
For more information, please contact the local contact points involved in the exchange:
New entrepreneur's contact point:LLC "CIVITTA UKRAINE"
(Kyiv, Ukraine) Host entrepreneur's contact point:ESLIDER PORTUGAL, ASSOCIACAO
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