Somehow it is always raining, when we plan to join the events in the Grudnkert. We got discouraged few weeks ago, as it was 6 degrees Celsius and was raining cats and hounds, but now it was slightly better, so, here we go!
Volunteers of 2022 in Budapest
On 11.04.2022 we attended a workshop on "gardening on the balcony, correct planting techniques and sustainability" that was organized in the Szatyorshop
Can you imagine a place intertwined with nature in the very center of the city, in big cities where people rush all day in a hurry?
Cooking with fresh, seasonal, organic food in LARGE quantities?
As a start of our urban gardening adventure, we visited the Grundkert, an urban community garden located in the 8th district. It was soooo cold!
Ignacio de Angel Fernandez
My name is Nacho and I am Spanish. I have just finished my studies as a lawyer, and it was at that moment when I realised that maybe this life was not for me, or at least not the way I had planned it.
That's why I decided to turn my life around and join this project. The people involved are wonderful, and the lessons they teach us volunteers are the basis for a sustainable lifestyle that respects the planet and the environment.
Although I live in Budapest, where I have the opportunity to work in a shop whose products come from local producers, and to have access and the possibility to work in urban gardens, it is also possible for me to get to know this project on a more local scale, in Etyek.
I have been involved in various volunteering, but this is the first one with such a strong sustainable development component, so I am looking forward to learning more!
My name is Aysel, I am 23 years old from Azerbaijan. I was working after I graduated from university but after two years of working life, I realized that some things were not going well in my life. I started to search for new opportunities around Europe. Then this project caught my attention and I said "why not?".
I usually spent the sum-mers with my grandmother in our village, we had a big garden and since my grandmother was old, I always took care of the garden. It was really hard for me towards the end of the summer because I was always forced to leave the village-life and return to the city. And right now, the happiness of being able to do the same things in the middle of a big city is undescribable.
I had the opportunity to meet new people from different countries because of the project and I believe that we will reflect our cultures in the best way with these people.
The organization also helps us a lot to participate in other activities besides the project and I am very grateful for that. I believe that I will be involved in the project with my full potential and I will reflect myself in the best way possible.
Volunteers of 2021 in Budapest
For a couple of weeks now, we’ve been able to observe a smiling girl (though she’s less visible in a mask, but we’ll show her now) who recently joined our team as a volunteer for European Solidarity. Greet Erika, who is from Miercurea Ciuc, Transylvania, with great pleasure. During her school and college years, she was active in several student and NGO organizations, so he was happy to join our community as a new volunteer. Growing up in the mountains and going on a lot of hiking with her family as a child, nature has always been close to her heart. She became acquainted with the so-called sustainable economy and the green way of life during his time in Budapest, so she hopes that she can learn and gain new experiences during her work with us.
My name is Federico, I was born in Cremona, a small town in northern Italy, 26 years ago from Sicilian parents. Even if agriculture is a fundamental part of life in Cremona, I actually lived and felt the soil only during the hot Sicilian summers in the tiny country house of my grandparents. Cultivating with my grandfather and having the excuse to be dirty was the best game. Thanks to my job I could feel again some of those flavours and perfumes of my childhood. I am an educator and I worked in the schools and in the fields with youngsters, who have mental disorders: we grew vegetables and sold them to the people and some restaurants. I also worked with disabled people: we managed small caterings during sport events and we helped serving in some bars. The contact with nature and being among people is very important for psycho-physical well-being, including mine. Besides all this, there was always the music. Cremona is the home to violin makers and the music flows through the streets. Since I was young I have been studying music, and teaching piano is another job of mine. I got to know Szatyorbolt 3 years ago thanks to my partner. I entered this shop and I could smell the perfume of the products. I was really interested to know more about them because I liked their ethics. I worked a lot in these years, and I loved my job a lot, but I needed to change air. The old country house of my grandparents has been sold, my Sicilian roots have been cut, so I decided to create new ones here in Budapest with my girlfriend. I wanted to start with the things that I love and I think that the volunteering at Szatyorbolt could be a great solution.