Welcome Eva, New EU Aid Volunteer at PIN26. 12. 2019
Interview with Eva Fernandez.
Please say a few words about yourself, experience, and previous positions occupied etc.
My name is Eva, I am Spanish and I’m 24 years old. After studying Anthropology for my bachelor’s, I went on to undertake a Master’s degree in Humanitarian Action. I have previously worked with international organizations like Médecins du Monde and the Indian Red Cross Society - Mumbai. I also had the amazing opportunity to work and live in countries like Mexico, Kenya and India.
Could you tell us about EU AID Volunteer programme? What is it about? Until when will you stay in Georgia? What are the activities you are responsible for?
Sure! EU AID Volunteers is an initiative funded by the European Commission destined to promote cooperation among active European citizens, working together with communities experiencing humanitarian crises or post-crises. EU Aid Volunteers aims to provide practical support to projects and strengthen local capacity and resilience of the communities. I am very excited to start this adventure working with People in Need Georgia for a year as a Private Sector Engagement Officer.
And what was your main motivation for coming to Georgia?
Georgia is such an interesting and unique country to live in. I was extremely motivated to experience and get to know first-hand the traditions, the values and the lifestyle of a society as socially, culturally and ethnically diverse as this one. But I wouldn’t be lying if I said that Khachapuri and Georgian wine had an influence on my final decision.
What about your first impressions about Georgia?
A quick internet research about Georgia can show you dreamy mountains, remote monasteries and picturesque vineyards. But what impressed me the most since my arrival was the hospitality and the warmth of Georgians, always ready to help with a smile. I was also fascinated by Tbilisi’s artistic and bohemian atmosphere, it seems like such an interesting city for the youth!
How do you personally find the life here in Georgia?
For now, I can say that I surprisingly sensed some similarities with Spain, especially relating to the work-life balance. I also feel like relationships and the sense of community is very strong. On the other hand, I live in Tbilisi and it is a city with a lot to offer, so no evening goes by without an exciting new art exhibition, a live music concert or a theatre play.
And what about the Mission?
PIN Georgia is embarked on rural development, civil society development and social protection projects. It is certainly a great opportunity for me to learn about the Georgian context from all of these diverse projects. “Human Rights through Documentaries” is one of my favorite projects, as it promoted youth engagement through new fun and interactive platforms. In addition, I am very happy with my colleagues, since they not only do remarkable work but also have time to teach me Georgian every day, madloba!
What you think you personally can bring to People in Need Georgia?
I hope to bring a new and fresh perspective to the organization and to our lovely team. I will be happy to support all PIN projects bringing in all possible enthusiasm. I also wish to contribute with the set of skills that I recently acquired at my EU Aid Volunteer Training.
Is there something from Spain that you already miss here?
Unfortunately, yes. Spanish olive oil, jamón serrano and Manchego cheese will always have a place in my heart. I also miss very dearly walking down the bustling boulevards and the small cobblestone walkways of Madrid. Oh, and of course my family.
Thank you, Eva and Good luck in the next chapter of your life!