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Taking advantage of no commitments #IVLP

“You’ll never be fully prepared. The best is to just have an attitude that’s open to new experiences and being very flexible”. How volunteering and teaching English to speakers of other languages can spark interest in international development. Meet Colleen Adenan from Annandale

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We all need mentors in our daily lives #IVLP

Urias Brooks from Liberia tells us about his mission of improving access to education for children as a crucial stepping stone on young people’s way to the job market, and how COVID-19 forced them to start teaching mathematics… over the radio. Picking up schoolwork from their pupils on bicycles sounds interesting? Read on!

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Education is… everything #IVLP

Rowel Padernal took me on a trip through which I found out about the education system in the Philippines, about the difficulties people living there face every day, and about his inspiring work. Now I’m glad to share it with you. Ready? Fasten your seat belts. The journey is about to begin!

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Your work should resonate with your heart #IVLP

As it turns out, being a lawyer doesn’t necessarily mean football won’t be something you do as part of your job. Meet Oleksandr Fomichov, whose path to working with young people leads through the experience of a military conflict, and learn how to make a great impact through football with [just!] 10 hours of volunteering a week.

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Making that distinction between passion, greed and opportunity #IVLP

On how to make a change, make your voice heard and become an influential leader. Meet Fay King – a 22-year-old female chairperson of the Youth Advisory Group of the UN Population Fund Suriname, who advocates for sexual, reproductive health and women’s rights.

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Ask more questions, get more answers #IVLP

Rafael Minatogawa is a 25-year-old economist from Brazil who works as chief of staff for congressman Kim Kataguiri (also aged 25). It is often difficult these days to attract young people to politics. So, how come Rafael ended up in this place?

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Around the world with the young people #IVLP

Embark on the journey with International Visitors Leadership Program participants! Education in Liberia and Philippines, women’s rights in Suriname, football in Ukraine, teaching English in Kyrgyzstan and politics in Brazil. The world of future is right in front of you.

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Zaduszki in Poland

Halloween, in Western culture is mainly associated with dressing up, playing pranks and trick or treating. Growing up in New York this is all I’d see, and in my twenties these traditions just became an excuse to get silly and out and about. I wasn’t aware that it’s in fact only one out of a three-day-holiday that has […]

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A defining look

Recent meteoric technological advancements have not only brought dramatic changes to our lifestyle, but also alterations to our society. The current definition of beauty not once made people crazy, seldom even manhandling them to suicide. Lookism throughout the ages Lookism is a term used to describe unfair behavior towards someone because of their appearance; I’d bet my bottom dollar you […]

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Seeking a new home

Imagine this. Your home – the place where you feel safe and sound. Think how it looks like, how it smells, why you love it so much. And now imagine that, for some reason, it is not safe anymore.

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Racism around US … an interview with myself

For me… racism is the sense of superiority of one person over a second notably different culture. Here’s a kind of interview with myself about the issue. I want to make you look at it differently.

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ACCEPTANCE

Acceptance is a person’s assent to the reality of a situation, recognizing a process or condition without attempting to change it, to protest. The concept is close in meaning to ‘acquiescence’.

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FAITH, HOPE, LOVE…. RELIGION?

Every religion is good. Every religion has its own beauty. Unfortunately, we mistook it for faith and treat beliefs as a label, which opens a door to discrimination.

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5 Questions to… Keira “Blue” Barnes – Write out of the closet

Keira “Blue” Barnes – 21, Slovak, living in England – a fandom made screenwrier and a pathological shipper with a phobia of her own name. Her writing “career” started ten years ago and since then she’ evolved from a fanfiction writer through many genres to what she is today ­a student of the University of Worcester’s screenwriting course.

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5 Questions to… Tsuyu – write out of the closet

Tsuyu lives in a small town and while working in a field that has nothing to do with writing but a lot with socializing with people she can observe people and analyse them. She loves travelling and almost always compares everything to the plane ticket prices. After dropping college (and a profession that lead nowhere) she is now studying English and is […]

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5 Questions to… Maia Carlson – write out of the closet

Maia Carlson started writing in high school and published eleven books all before leaving for college. A born Canadian but American resident, she enjoys writing fiction exclusively, owing this to a general dislike towards researching (something that her resent Bachelor’s degree in science has corrected somewhat).  Now preparing to return for a Master’s degree in creative writing, she hopes to have […]

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5 Questions to… JayEz – write out of the closet

JayEz have been devising stories since she can imagine, though she started writing when she was 11. From short stories and journalism she found her way to fanfiction and screenwriting. Her one goal is to move people with her passion and earn a living doing so. Kinga Budzyn: What is writing to you? JayEz: The one thing in life I cannot […]

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human rights

I thought I would get down to my work seriously and, as a result, I ended up contemplating The Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This was when it occurred to me that we keep applying the following phrase – human rights – to such an extent in every possible realm of our lives that it may sound a bit cliché. Its core – the hidden […]

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The Havels: musicians without borders

Like a living ad for inner peace, the Czech musical couple the Havels talks about their spiritual journeys to India, nostalgic memories of the era of communism, and artists’ lives without children. Their mystical, authentic, mantra-like music will echo in Prague’s Jindřišská Tower on May 19. If you would meet Irena Havlová and Vojtěch Havel, chatting silently […]

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Understanding extremes

Someone said a long time ago, that understanding extremes, can give us the ability to see things the way that they really are… ”There was a fight between two men near the bar…” ”There is information, that two different groups were engaged in a fight near the local bar”. ”We have information of numerous people engaging in something that […]

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We are all slaves to the story

Interview with M.E. Vaughan – author of the fantasy novel The Sons of Thestian. Kinga Budzyn: Starting from the beginning? When did you actually start writing? M.E.Vaughan: I have always loved telling stories. Since the very beginning, I’ve always had a tale or two running through my head, which I would rattle off to anyone who listened. Growing up […]

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The ability to see the beauty…

People tend to complain about their lives. They often underestimate what they have, lack real happiness and rarely appreciate things happening to them. Adolescents want to grow up quickly, while the elderly miss their youth. So what truly is our happiness? Some people think that the teenage years are the happiest times of most people’s lives. Others think […]

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The Sons of Thestian by M. E. Vaughan

It’s action packed, dynamic and unexpectable. It’s more than a book to read. It’s a book to discover. The Sons of Thestian follows a story of the kingdom of Harmatia, a land ruled by the benevolent king Thestian. But when the king grows ill and the kingdom falls under the rule of the tyrannical queen, some long-forgotten truths rise to the surface threatening […]

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Sexism in adverts

Adverts tell us to how to look younger, be slimmer, have perfect hair, have less hair in some other places, smile wider, cook better, clean faster, smell nicer. It is a never-ending story! Advertising is a huge global business. It is very simple to say that media and huge money are very closely connected. Each year billions of pounds are […]

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