I am Chloe, I am from the Caribbean Island of Martinique and thanks to a professional contact I heard about this experience at a time when I was searching for some new and challenging opportunities.
But let’s start since the beginning, I’m graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in operational marketing in Martinique and I worked as a Web Manager and commercial in the marketing business and as a Web Manager for an expertise business. In everything that I do, I like the ‘’challenge’’ aspect and I always give a space toward my personality.
I remember how lost I felt on my first morning of volunteering, far away of my expectation, but I wasn’t expected something clear but something! Arrival training! This part of the beginning was really interesting and surprising with topics like self-development, comfort zone, (formal, non-formal, informal education), different games and tools, etc. With a good structure and good trainers, this is a good way to introduce and understand the goals of this volunteer project. The lifestyle adaptation was the biggest challenge for me, even if I’m totally open mind abut this.
For the past four months, I have been volunteering in the YEU (Youth for Exchange and Understanding) Cyprus office, and I will be here for a total of 12 months working on a project called Mission Tradition. Due to my personal interests, I am creating and coordinating various workshops related to arts and crafts. I have a strong passion for these types of workshops and up until now, we created dream catchers, painted on glass, and learned about other Transatlantic traditions and cultures. On a local level, together with my colleagues, we are exploring the Cypriot traditions; either if we explore the production of honey or roses, their strong links with the history of the country or benefits for the local economy, we, the volunteers of Mission Tradition also make sure that we discover each other and learn about our own cultures and interests.
With me, I brought my expertise in marketing and communication and a strong passion for social media development, and I am grateful that I have been offered the opportunity of sharing these skills with the community I am part of now. (From a personal level, I am happy that this project has met my expectations). I was hoping to work in a professional international environment and so far, my experiences have met my previous expectations. I am very happy with my choices, and I genuinely believe that everybody should have this kind of experience. Every country has something different and new to offer, something that can shape our interests and outlook of the world and which we can take back home with us. One of my best experience here in Cyprus from now was a children’s festival. I went to this event during which deaf children get the opportunity try all sorts of activities, my role was to communicate and explain to the children the rules of the activities that I create for this event. It was a treasure hunt related to the tradition of Cyprus.