Adventures of the ERB Ivy volunteers

Hi everyone!

Here are Milena and Danilo, two young Italian Ivy volunteers (lost) in Poland.

No, we didn’t know each other before and we are not doing the same project. Actually we don’t even live in the same city.

But last week there was a very interesting event in Gdansk, the “Communication Training for project manager”, organized by the South Baltic Interreg, and we have met there.

We couldn’t stop to talk about our different experiences:

I am an Interreg Project Partner the at International Permanent Secretariat Euroregion Baltic in Elblag, while Danilo is an Interreg Reporter at Joint Secretariat INTERREG SOUTH BALTIC PROGRAMME, in Gdansk.

What does it means?

Well, in few words, Danilo is mainly involved in communication and dissemination of information concerning INTERREG projects, cross-border cooperation and so on;

Regarding me,  instead, my tasks are more related to support and implement 2 INTERREG projects: CaSYPot, which aims is to find a common Youth Strategy among the Baltic Regions, and InterConnect, which focuses on new and more efficient public transport services.

Where do we live?

We are both in Poland; Danilo lives in Gdansk, one of the largest cities in Poland, on the Baltic Sea. It’s an international city, full of students, tourists and young people. There is a river that goes into the city centre, which reminds me of Navigli in Milano, just to give you an idea.

I live in Elblag, not far from Gdansk. Ok, we don’t have the sea, but we have beautiful parks and forests. When the weather is nice I go with my super-bike among trees and wild vegetation.

What’s next?

Honestly, we don’t know exactly, but for sure this experience has brought us a lot. We are both thinking of staying in Poland for the future, or maybe for a few years.

Danilo has even managed to learn a bit of Polish, which, believe me, is not easy at all!

We want to say thanks to IVY for this experience, thanks to Euroregion Baltic International Permanent Secretariat and Joint Secretariat Interreg South Baltic Programme to host us,

we are learning a lot from You, from the organizations and from the people are behind them.

Young volunteer to boost Euroregion’s working capacity

As of last week the ERB International Permanent Secretariat staff has expanded and now includes a young volunteer from Poland.

Paulina Lieder is a student of Economic Entrepreneurship at the Faculty of Economics of the State School School of Higher Professional Education in Poland where she is currently writing a dissertation in which she is comparing the current status of development of different renewable energy sources in Poland, Germany, Italy and Norway.

Apart from her studies she has already been studying and working abroad. As a part of the Erasmus+ programme she studied at the University of Foggia and later became involved as a volunteer at the university’s International Erasmus Office where she worked for more than 2 months with international students.

At the university in Elbląg she is involved in the work of the SENEKA Student Scientific Association. She speaks very good English and is able to handle varied assignments connected to the daily work of the IPS.

Her responsibilities include assistance in the implementation of the CASYPOT project as well as other tasks related to project development. Once fully integrated in the IPS working structure, she will also support the work of the ERB Youth Board.