The European Gateway in Action: Bulgarian Interns in Bordeaux

In March 10 people from Bulgaria went to Bordeaux for a two-week professional mobility within the frame of Erasmus + Programme.


The European Gateway in Action: Meet Marie, a French Intern in Alliance Francaise Varna

Marie was in Varna for 3 weeks in February along with 40 other French interns. Read about her experience in our town.


The European Gateway in Action: Meet Nicolas from France Intern in Cafe Ole, Varna with

Nicolas Delclite came for 3 weeks in Varna along with 40 other interns from MFR La Force, Bordeaux, as a part of the project

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A new French intern in Varna




My name is Anne, and I am 19 years old. I come from the South West of France, from a city called Pessac in the suburb of Bordeaux. I have lived there since I was born but I had to move to

Périgueux (in the Dordogne) to study Urban Planning and Tourism Development. To graduate I needed a two month long training period, and I've always wanted to go abroad for my internships.

When I learned that the Leonardo program offered us some internships in Europe, I didn't hesitate. I chose to come to Varna because I was looking for a chance to work in associations and to volunteer for charities, but also to have an experience in the field of environment protection, in which I aim to work later. Also, when I heard about the project the Association For You offered me, I just packed my luggage and booked some plane tickets! Now, I am currently working in the public center of environment and sustainable development. I am part of a campaign called “Leaf by Leaf”. Two days a week, we collect paper all around the city to bring it in recycling centers. But, I also have my own personal project which will allow me to graduate. I am currently doing a report about the environmental situation of Bulgaria and particularly Varna. I have to produce a paper about it for my college. This is very enriching for me because, thanks to that internship, I have the chance to be really involved in environmental protection and also to learn about the concrete environmental problems and solutions, both on the ground and behind my computer. This is something you don't learn at school, and this is mainly why this experience is really interesting for me. Also, I have the chance to improve my language skills because I learn about bulgarian language, and I speak all day long in English. People I meet here are amazing, they come from all over the world and this mix of nationalities is just wonderful. If you come to Varna, you will not be alone! People around me are just so nice. People I work with, other volunteers, my roommates in the hostel where I live... Everybody always helps each other. It's the place to be if you are dynamic young people searching for a unique experience! Bulgaria is also a very interesting country to visit for me because it's really different from France, and landscapes are breathtaking. Here, I learn about a culture, I learn about a way of life, I learn about environment, I learn about people, and I really learn about myself. This is something you just experience once in a life!


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