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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

Interview with Ania from Poland

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Ania was a trainee at Lecti Book Studio in summer 2015. She worked with book sales and strategies, and country and market analyses. Ania also conducted the series of interviews you find here.

Why did you choose Bulgaria?

I decided to choose this country because of its climate and culture which are different from mine. I have never been to the south of Europe, which was also a reason. For me personally, it was important that Bulgaria is a great place for tourism. I made a few trips when I was there, also abroad to Bucharest and Istanbul.

Why did you choose Lecti for your internship?

Lecti is an international company, which allowed me to get to know people from different cultures. The company puts attention on being flexible, creative and adjust yourself to different conditions.

What was the most important thing you learned?

Lecti taught me how to cooperate with others, how to open myself for a dialogue and combine work with fun. Also, I learned a lot about event organisation.

How did the internship change you?

I am more brave than I was before. I trust myself and know that I will manage to overcome every obstacle which appears in my life. The internship helped me to achieve my personal goals and I because of it, I am more addicted to travelling now.

What did you enjoy most?

Hmm, it is really hard to choose, there were so many things which surprised me in a very positive way. I enjoyed the company of other interns which made my internship special and unforgettable. What is more, I enjoyed the city a lot. Varna is a great place to spend your free time, apart of the beach and clubs, you can find here many historical places, museums, great cuisine and beautiful nature. It is definitely my favourite city in Bulgaria.

Tips for Erasmus+ students and trainees?

Stay positive, open yourself for a new adventure. Take sun cream. Try local kitchen. A lot of Bulgarians speak English or German. Smile, Eat, Travel and Have Fun!

Plans for future career?

I had already graduated before coming to Bulgaria. I obtained my master degree in economics. In the near future, I want to find a job which will be strongly connected to financial analysis and also foreign markets. I wish to cooperate with international partners. If my future job requires travelling, then my dreams would come true.

Interview with Pawel from Poland

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Pawel worked during summer 2015 with Lecti Wine Co., organising a wine tasting and planning wine tours, choosing wines for the web shop and finding new markets and clients.

Why did you choose Bulgaria?

To be honest it is hard to explain. Probably the main incentive for me personally was the lack of objective knowledge about Bulgaria. Before, in my awareness, this country was known only as a poor country somewhere in Eastern Europe, famous because of its wines and beautiful sand beaches.

In the beginning, after receiving a positive answer from Lecti, I was a bit afraid but totally fascinated. All in all I had the possibility to live in an absolutely unknown country. Great experience!

Why did you choose Lecti Wine Co.?

Firstly because it is a starting company, not corporation. Secondly, Lecti was the only company which offered work in an interesting for me branch, focused on wines.

Nevertheless, as I already mentioned, this company is placed in the Eastern Balkans, a territory where I’ve never been before. I wanted to meet the Bulgarian mentality and members of local society. Lecti gave me great opportunity to broaden my knowledge in a lot of areas.

What was the most important thing you learned here?

Tolerance for other cultures and viewpoints. Earlier I was a bit narrow-minded in comparison to now. Thanks to the internship at Lecti I understood that it is possible to do business in every country, but you have to get rid of prejudices.

How did the internship change you?

I think that I changed my way of thinking during the time in Bulgaria. Of course I improved my interpersonal skills, I was taught how to effectively work in a group, how to respect another point of view. Additionally, my mentor gave a lot of help to solve my grammar problems in English. Today I’m very grateful for it. In consequence I feel that my English has became more professional.

What did you enjoy the most?

Frankly speaking, every day was a great experience. I fell in love with Bulgaria. In the office I enjoyed the most all the training sessions, which gave big amounts of additional knowledge in various areas. Personally, every trip to another city by hitch-hiking was pleasant experience. To sum up, I’ll come back to Bulgaria certainly, probably as quick as possible.

Tips for other Erasmus+ students and trainees?

The main tip: open your mind and enjoy Bulgaria because it gives you an absolutely unique impression. Despite of the average low quality of life, people are very outgoing and helpful. Nonetheless you have to show them due respect and willingness to communicate. Bulgaria is a state of mind, you have to feel it. Try to find a contact with local society, the Bulgarians are really great people.

Plans for future career?

I want to find a job in Germany (best in Berlin) and gain experience. I hope that I’ll have a possibility to cooperate with Lecti in the area of selling wines abroad. In Czech Republic, where I live now, culture of this kind of alcohol is much better than in Poland. I think that we could make here a fruitful deal. Next year I will try to go to USA or Canada on an one-year internship, after that make a PhD at my University and go to the United Arab States. Finally, I want to live somewhere in South-East Asia, probably Philippines.

Interview with Magda from Poland

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Magda worked with Lecti Culture Centre, looking for funding and partners, preparing the arrival of new students and trainees, working on sustainable practices and together with Anna she prepared a very successful Varna City Game for children and Erasmus+ students.

Why did you choose Bulgaria?

This was my last summer before starting ‘an adult life’ and a last opportunity to go somewhere with the Erasmus+ programme. I wanted to choose a country with great culture, hospitable people beautiful landscapes. My internship took place during summer so I wanted to spend it in a warm country where there is always something to do.

Why did you choose Lecti for your internship?

Lecti has very tempting offers for students. You can participate in very interesting lectures and events organised by our supervisor and mentor. If you choose Lecti you get an opportunity to work with a multinational group.

What was the most important thing you learned?

You should always think globally. You need to foresee what can happen if you do something and choose the best option. You need to solve problem step by step and if something is overwhelming, you can count on your colleagues to help.

How did the internship change you?

Working with multinational group helped me to improve my English. After the internship I want to travel more, meet new people and their cultures.

What did you enjoy the most?

Other interns. It was a pleasure to spend time with them not only in work but also after. Unforgettable trips we organised together, exchanging information about cultures, learning foreign words – that’s what I’ll always remember.

Tips for other Erasmus+ students and trainees?

It is good to know some basic words in Bulgarian. Buy a lot of cream with UV factor. Some cold weeks may occur even during summer time so it’s good to have some warmer cloths.

Plans for future career?

Finding a satisfying job.

Interview with Anna from Poland

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Anna worked during summer 2015 with Lecti Adventure, preparing information about partners, analyses and possibilities for enlarging the markets for tourism. Together with Magda, Anna created a hugely successful City Game for children and Erasmus+ students.

Why did you choose Bulgaria?

I have never worked in any Eastern European country before and I considered Bulgaria as a chance to visit a place which is completely unknown to me. Since I would call myself a very open-minded person, I have always had an interest in learning about different cultures and languages. It was a great opportunity to compare Bulgaria with Western countries, which I had visited before.

Why did you choose Lecti for your internship?

Lecti attracted me because the offer of internship was well-prepared and promising. There were interesting and diversified duties included.

What was the most important thing you learned?

The most important and also fascinating thing I learned was cultural differences. All interns had the opportunity to present their point of view and compare it with others. What’s more, I’ve found that in leading a business, flexibility is of great value.

How did the internship change you?

The internship enabled me to broaden my horizons and gain life experience, which I consider as very important.

What did you enjoy the most?

I enjoyed not only being a part of the multicultural environment in the company, but also the location of the traineeship. Varna is a great place, where lots of various events take place, especially in the summer period. My stay here with other trainees was a wonderful adventure.

Tips for other Erasmus+ students and trainees?

Don’t be afraid of going to Bulgaria. With even small assistance from supervisors you will enjoy your stay here.

Plans for future career?

My plans for the future work are not strict detailed, because career planning is an ongoing process where you need to be also flexible.