Hi! I’m Alesia, 30, from Ukraine. I studied English language and world literature, but worked as a artisan in different factories and workshops.
I was always supported by my family and i thus learned that you can achieve much more in a more effective way if you share knowledge with others and build communities wherever you go. There's war in my country so I see now very clearly how volunteering literally saves lives.
For last 5 years i got immersed into environmental issues related activities such as gardening, composting, textile recycling and waste sorting. I used to share my experience with others, trying to inspire people and organise activities in my hometown, but at some point i felt stuck because of a lack of certain managerial skills and thus motivation to keep going. At some point I moved to Kyiv to built my life from scratch and spent two pandemic years in a crazy survival mode till the moment the war started. And even then i still could grow plants on a balcony of a rented room or make a compost in a container or sort out waste in a bombshelter.
Finally i learned about Szatyor and decided to participate in it because it fits my temper and skills so well. I already spent a week, full of absolute happiness, with my new friends, learning about their cultures, doing household things, planning future activities, waiting for the planting season. My experience is 100% satisfying right now and i hope in the end of this programm i would learn maximum about how to built sustainable community and contribute in a better future for everyone.