My EVS experience- Beltina Gjeloshi

My name is Beltina and I am originally from Albania and I grew up in Italy and the United States. I have a bachelor’s degree in international political economy and diplomacy and a master’s degree in international development and peace studies. Before EVS, my experience was centered on research and writing, community and higher education administration, and policy analysis. I am passionate about serving communities in need, especially the youth, refugees, and the disabled. As an EVS volunteer, I was placed at Center for Youth Activism – CYA KRIK in Skopje, North Macedonia. At KRIK, I have been learning the power, reach, and significance of youth work that is carried out by young people at the local level. Together with the KRIK team, I plan and facilitate workshops for disabled marginalized youth, formulate calls for applications for training at the Center, learn about and the broader scope of Erasmus+ and the opportunities it provides in Europe, and connect to local schools and the National Youth Council of Macedonia to further dialogue on the needs and rights of disabled and non-disabled youth in Macedonia. As an EVS volunteer, I am privileged to work with a team who is exceptionally trained in the field of youth work. After my EVS assignment, I will be initiating doctoral studies in August 2019 in the United States and hope this experience will help me capture cultural and social experiences for my studies in conflict transformation. My EVS experience has proved to be fulfilling both at the professional and personal level and hope to be back in North Macedonia and the Balkans to carry out field work for my PhD studies.

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