Name: Zsófia Knetl
Country: Kaposvár, Hungary
Sending Organization: Compass Egyesület
Date of arrival: 17.01. 2018.
My activities ( June 13 – July 30)
Between the 13-16 of July I was participating in an educational tour that was promoting the territory. In these days we were visiting local businesses and small hidden gems of Salento. We went to a boat tour to see the caves on the shore, we visited the Bauxit Lake near Otranto, the lighthouse, where you can see the first sunrise of Italy and drank the best wine ever in one of the oldest winery in Italy.
Afterwards I continued my work in the office, I was doing photoshop and started to work on the blog of the organisation.
On the 21st of June, Angela and I were invited to conference in Bari that was organised by CGIL and was built arounf the topic of why the youth from South are moving to the North or out of the country. the topic really resonated with me, because I saw many parellel between the problems of South Italy and Hungary.
After this we started a new project about social media and i was working ont he graphics.
Ont he beginning of July we attended to a conference which was about how its never too late to learn a new language. The attending countries were Italy, Turkey, Germany, Poland and Romania.
Between 11-25 of July I had to go back to Hungary due to family emergency. Valeria was extremely understanding about it and didnt have a problem with me going away for 2 weeks.
In the past few days we were trying to create an agenda for the new turkish short-term volunteers.
Integration in the community
Thanks to the youth exchanges and to going to the high school, I met local young people who are close to my age. Now we go out more, we’re interacting with the locals almost everyday. We get more chances to explore the area since some of them have a car, so with their help we went to beautiful beach towns and nice cultural events. This way, learning Italian is also easier, since I have someone I can practice it with. I got to a point where I can understand the conversation, but talking is still really hard.