Bulgar’hike game on the web

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The game is on! Cécile Martinelli’s popular Bulgar’hike game is on the web and you can find it here.

In 2015-2016 Cécile was a Lecti volunteer and during her travels through Bulgaria she developed this board game for volunteers, students and trainees who come to Bulgaria.

Through the game you can find out many interesting facts about the country and also learn a lot of new things.

Test your knowledge about Bulgaria and enjoy!

Experiences at the Helsinki Book Fair 2016

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As a group of five students from Bielefeld University, we have been to the book fair in Helsinki to work at Lecti Book Studio’s stand. In the following “chain interview” we are talking about our experiences by interviewing each other. Participants: Florian, Janine, Katrin, Jana and Tatjana

Florian: Janine, please tell me about your first impression when you arrived at the book fair? What was the first morning arriving in the fairground hall like?

Janine: At first the fair seemed overwhelming. When I came into this huge hall shortly before 10 o’clock, walking past the people waiting to get in, I felt excited but also a bit worried because I had no idea how to find the stand of Lecti. In the end, I found it with the help of the map, but only after wandering around completely lost for 15 minutes.

Florian: I know for a fact that you have already been to Helsinki before. Did the book fair present a different side of Finland, or Helsinki in particular, to you?

Janine: I have indeed been to Helsinki before multiple times visiting friends, but this was the first time I had time to experience the city on my own for a while. It was also the first time I was here not for a holiday, but with a purpose and a daily schedule.

This showed me that, in the end, Helsinki is a city like any other that is not just made for tourists, but also a place where normal people live and work every day.

In addition to that, I had the chance to share my experience with the “sights” of Helsinki with the rest of the group on Friday, when we had some free time to explore the city.

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Blue Elephant meets Finland – one of the creative photo projects of the trainees

Blue Elephant meets Finland – one of the creative photo projects of the trainees

Janine: Katrin, you have been to other book fairs before, right? Was the book fair in Helsinki like any other, or where there any striking differences?

Katrin: Well, it was definitely smaller than the book fairs I have been to before. But the atmosphere can be compared to the book fair in Leipzig, Germany. A lot of readings, interviews or discussions on several stages that made it possible for the audience to experience authors or artists and maybe ask them questions. What I like about Leipzig, and also about Helsinki, is that the book fairs focus more on the readers than on the distribution.

Janine: The book fair and the stores of Helsinki city are full of little temptations. Did you buy any souvenirs during your stay?

Katrin: Yes. I really like the Moomins and with Finland (and Swedish-speaking Finland) being the home of the Moomins it wasn’t that difficult to tempt me into getting something Moomin-related. If I were able to read Finnish or Swedish, I surely would have bought some books at the fair as well.

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Jana discusses an Easy Read book with a book fair participant

Jana discusses an Easy Read book with a book fair participant

Katrin: Jana, you were already familiar with Lecti Book Studio as you’ve been to Varna, Bulgaria, for an internship. On the basis of that, did you have an idea what tasks might be awaiting you at the fair?

Jana: Yes, I have been to Varna for a few months as a trainee. However, that did not prepare me to visit Finland (laughs). Even though I never attended a book fair before, I knew the publishing house Lecti Book Studio, so yes I knew what kind of events to expect.

Katrin: At the book fair there were many different events, a variety of different publishing houses and even workshops. Besides the stand of Lecti Book Studio, what left the greatest impression on you?

Jana: I think the multiple performances at the Totti Scene (a stage) were very interesting. My personal highlight was our presentation on Friday. It was really great to be interviewed and to share insights of our project around Maailma kotona.

Another great workshop was a conference about Nordic writers from Iceland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, which was offered with translations.

To sit in front of the cabin where the translators translated the ongoing debate simultaneously – that was just impressive!

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Florian and Jana on the scene with Dr. Sabira Ståhlberg

Florian and Jana on the scene with Dr. Sabira Ståhlberg

Jana: Florian, you became interested in Swedish, have you started learning yet?

Florian: Yes, Swedish is indeed one of many languages that I would be interested in learning one day. Working in the Swedish section of the book fair definitely enforced that wish. I already had a look at a learning app and might start with that. However, I didn’t really have the time to start yet.

Jana: What part of the work was the most challenging for you?

Florian: The most challenging single event definitely was being on stage talking about our book project. I have to admit that I was quite nervous before, but it was an interesting experience to see that this nervousness went away, as soon as the interview on stage started.

I learned a lot about myself through this challenge. Just in general, crossing the language barrier in different ways in each and every conversation I started was really difficult.

When you approach somebody you don’t know if this person speaks English, German or neither of the languages you have to offer. This made it really difficult sometimes to find the courage to just start going to people and try.

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We suggest that you read the book Maailma kotona

We suggest that you read the book Maailma kotona

Florian: Tatjana, you once learned the basic skills of Finnish. Was it possible to re-activate some of your vocabulary knowledge while attending the book fair?

Tatjana: Oh yes. It was a really great experience for me and a pleasure to listen to Finnish and Swedish for the whole day. During the first night in Helsinki somehow some phrases popped up in mind, so I felt next day at the book fair more at home with the language.

I even started to dream a little bit in Finnish (and other languages). These positive language experiences have further aroused my interest in Finnish, so I am very motivated to learn this beautiful language again.

Florian: You attended our workshop for Easy Read books and you study German as a foreign language.

What did you learn in this workshop?

Tatjana: Firstly, I learned that the discussion in Finland about Easy Read is similar to the one in Germany. At the workshop the focus was on Swedish Easy Read. A growing number of pupils of the Swedish speaking minority have problems with reading Swedish [literature].

In Germany the discussion is a bit more controversial. At the beginning of the language learning process, learners can gradually approach original literature with Easy Read.

So we agreed that the Easy Read books enable not only language enthusiasts, but also people, who have little access to literature on different language levels to read the content of significant original literature at a comparatively simple level.

See photos and read more about the adventures of the trainees from Bielefeld university on Lecti Book Studio website in Swedish and English.

My first Erasmus+ placement

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During summer 2016 Rareș Ciorgodi from Romania was an Erasmus+ Trainee at Lecti Adventure, working with tourism and promoting culture and trips. Lecti Trainee asked him a few questions about his internship.

Why did you choose Varna?

In 2007 I was with my parents near Varna at the seaside. I was very much pleased about the people, and the culture that is similar to ours. And since then I have wanted to come back and explore the beauty of Bulgaria.

Why Lecti?

The first time I heard about Lecti was from my faculty teacher, he said that there is a trainee placement possibility in Varna. So I said that I must try it, because it is something new, and near Romania. I made a little research about Lecti and I liked what I saw. I mean it was in my priority attributes: trade, entrepreneurship and services.

What did you learn during your time in Varna?

The most important things that I learned during my traineeship was social media (where I promoted culture and culinary trips to different countries), trade and tourism activities. I had the opportunity to create trips to Romania and Bulgaria that are used today by Lecti Adventure. I was the second guide for an international Erasmus+ students’ trip to Kaliakra and Balchik. I also worked with possible partnerships with different tour operators around the world.

Another important part of my traineeship was a presentation about Romania. The name of my project was “Romania in my eyes” and I spoke about the culture, history, beautiful and interesting natural sites in Romania, but also about the connections with Bulgaria.

It’s very important for all not to be afraid of talking in public. This is a big opportunity to show exactly what an important employee you are!

How did you change during your stay?

During my placement I found out that you must follow your dreams. It doesn’t matter what you want, but you have to fight for the things you like. Lecti supports you in all situations.

At first it was a little hard being I my own, taking care of the apartment by myself, but I can say that in these months I evolved personally and professionally.

What did you enjoy?

There were many things that I liked about Lecti and its CEOs. I enjoyed my time in Varna because there were two special persons that took care of me, gave me all the information I needed, supported me in many cases and with ideas, and because they trusted me.

Bulgaria is a wonderful place, I’ve visited a few cities and I love its history and archaeology. I am a fan of Thracians and Dacians (they lived in Bulgaria and Romania more than two thousand years ago), and I visited some important ancient tombs.

The views in Bulgaria are very beautiful, but Varna has something much more: the sea.

What was difficult in Bulgaria?

The language was difficult, because I wanted to learn a little Bulgarian, but the alphabet is hard. But I managed with my English to resolve many situations and to speak with Bulgarian people about Bulgarian life.

Tips for the next trainees?

Bulgaria is a wonderful place, full of history and culture, with important culinary traditions (and also very good food) and archaeology. I recommend all students to come to Varna and find out for themselves the beauty of the sea, the taste of mussels (Bulgarian: midi). The people are very friendly and I am sure that you will be sorry if you don’t try this place.

There are many things in life that are not worth doing, but this adventure is definitely worth every moment!

Photo: Rareș talks about Romania at Café Olé Seaport, Varna, in September 2016.

(c) Lecti Culture Centre, photo 2016

I miss Varna so much…

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Aleksandra Kowalcze from Poland worked as Erasmus+ Trainee during summer 2016 at Lecti Culture Centre. Here is her story.

Summer holidays are not only a time to have a fun, but you can also learn something during this period. The best combination is to work for an organization, which provides you unforgettable moments.

Lecti is a culture centre which is located in the most beautiful part of Bulgaria. In a seaside city, Varna! Perfect place for holidays.

At Lecti everybody can find something for themselves. You are looking inside and decide what do you want to do to develop yourself. What is more, two angels – supervisors – are around you. Whenever you have a problem, they will solve it with you. You are not alone, even if it seems like that at first when you find yourself 1,500 km far away from home!

Summer plans

I can say that my Erasmus+ Internship was an amazing experience, which I will remember for my whole life. I did not plan to go anywhere during this summer. I was thinking to have an internship in a corporation.

As you know in a corporation you are like an ant. You are the same as one thousand people around you. They teach you what you are suppose to do and then you repeat this activity for eight hours per day!

No, it was not my dream. When I saw an advertisement about Erasmus+ Internship on the International Office door at the university, I knew it is something for me. One month later I heard Bulgarian language around me…

In Varna

Everything was new. Something different than I am used to. I have always thought that a sea is nothing special and mountains are much better. Now, I also love the sea. I love it when it is angry, and as well as when it is calm.

When I was walking around the city I was not able to read anything… Cyrillic alphabet! Nevertheless I was happy and excited.

I did not know what I should expect at Lecti. What kind of company or centre is it? For sure, in this enterprise you can be yourself.

Of course, sometimes you need to spend eight hours in front of the screen, working in Excel and making a database, but you know it has got sense. Your supervisors always try to explain to you why it is needed.

After a few weeks I had met more people there. I had an opportunity to feel Bulgarian culture during the social events Lecti organizes.

Back home

Now I know that the roses are the Bulgarian gold, Bulgarian yoghurt contains the Bulgaricus bacteria, Krisko is one of the most popular singers, Bulgarians say “ciao” only for goodbye and that many of the players in the Bulgarian football team are from abroad. I am able to prepare Shopska salad which is delicious and something typical for this region.

Last week… Nothing lasts forever, Erasmus+ Internship also…

I have spent three months in sunny Varna, where I was working for Lecti. It was my second home! I do not have any bad memories from this time. I have learnt a lot. I believe one day I will go back there!

I miss the Bulgarian way of thinking, way of life and “chakai malko” (wait a moment). I miss people! One of my friends said that the first thought when they are asking her about Varna is freedom. And she is right!

Photo: Aleksandra (standing) explains board game at Lecti Culture Centre to Erasmus+ international students from University of Economics – Varna.

(c) Lecti Culture Centre, photo 2016

New placements from October 2016

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Lecti offers several Erasmus+ trainee placements for university students.

There are different possibilities – travel agency Lecti Adventure, wine trader Lecti Wine Co., book publisher Lecti Book Studio, consulting company Lecti Entrepreneur, and two non-governmental organisations, Lecti Culture Centre (Lecti Foundation) and Lecti Development, which work with cultural events and education.

We at Lecti have rich experience in Erasmus+ internships; since 2015 many students from Germany, Poland, Ireland, Portugal and Romania have been working with us.

We offer new placements for students from universities in the EU starting from October 2016.

The students work in an international environment and we arrange trainings in fields such as management, customer support, e-commerce, marketing, entrepreneurship, social media and websites, events organisation and many others.

We also provide all trainees with a mentor, who introduces them to local life and helps with any problems that might appear. The students will receive support with finding suitable accommodation.

Contact us!