Our Volunteers and Interns

People we have hosted:

Lucia Patoprsta

Country: Slovakia
Project: European Voluntary Service
In Alzira: July 2016 – March 2017

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Mert Erbek

Country: Turkey
Project: European Voluntary Service
In Alzira: July 2016 – March 2017

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Evelina Brinkemo

Country: Sweden
Project: European Voluntary Service
In Alzira: July 2016 – March 2017

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Teodora Buzan

Country: Romania
Project: Eurodissey
In Alzira: July 2016 – November 2016

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Laima Jonusonis

Country: Poland
Project: European Voluntary Service
In Alzira: January 2016 – June 2016

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Lenka Makarova

Country: Slovakia
Project: European Voluntary Service
In Alzira: October 2015 – June 2016

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Duncan McNab

Country: Scotland
Project: European Voluntary Service
In Alzira: October 2015 – June 2016

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Audrey Krzemien

Country: Belgium
Project: Eurodissey
In Alzira: November 2015 – March 2016

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I have lived an unforgettable experience thanks to an exceptional host company, a mentor who allowed me to do many things and was confident in my abilities. Besides improving my knowledge of the Castilian language and understanding of Valencia, I could understand people and better integrate into local life.

I had three goals when I entered the Eurodyssey program: improve my Spanish, integrate into local life and demonstrate that it was able to manage projects other than communication or events. I have done all beating my goals: I learned a lot about how to deal with European projects, have spoken much Spanish, I have met many people to teach my classes and, thanks to my roommate who introduced me to their friends, I have integrated into local life.

I will miss this city, my colleagues and my own work, but I like that someone can be lucky enough to also live these experiences. I think this program deserves more visibility, especially in the Community and its small villages to give young Valencians the same opportunity that we have had.


Sebastien Inge

Country: France
Project: Empowering European Youth
In Alzira: April 2015 – September 201510325695_10152397579809757_8178834483225056267_n(1)

I applied for an EVS in Alzira just after graduating in European politics. Graduating generated a big change in my personal situation because I was suddenly not a student anymore, but I lacked some ground experience and skills in languages to find a job in my area. EVS was for me a good intermediary period between my graduation and my first job. The most obvious and direct advantage in my case was to learn Spanish. But I am also happy to work on European projects, which is related with my former studies. What is very interesting with EVS is that this experience allows developing several skills without being under pressure. You necessarily develop adaptation skills because you live abroad and professional skills because you wake up every morning to go to work. But you don’t feel the pressure of results or the fear of consequences if ever you don’t know immediately what to do in some situations. Everything is made to encourage volunteers´ initiatives and a relevant EVS can be a better opportunity than many low quality internships.


Niki Touriki

Country: Greece
Project: Empowering European Youth
In Alzira: March 2015 – August 2015

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My motivation: During my postgraduate degree in Birmingham, I decided that I need a gap year in order to explore whether I want to stay in academia or to follow a professional pathway. As I lacked in professional experience I thought that volunteering would be a great start for me and it would give me professional and transferrable skills while I could also pursue my everlasting dream to live in Spain. This is how I found about EVS volunteering. I made my research and I ended up with IDEA in Alzira; the social dimension of its initiatives and its work attracted me from the outset. I have always wanted to contribute to society and I really believe in IDEA’s mission, that is providing unemployed young people with training and helping them to be integrated into the modern labour market.

My experience:My experience here has been wonderful from all perspectives. Alzira is a small yet vibrant town and is very well connected with Valencia. As for IDEA, this has exceeded my expectations; people are kind, helpful, and encouraging. Regarding my tasks, these are characterised by variety and I feel that I am learning and growing day after day.

All in all, I feel that I was absolutely right when I decided to volunteer and I truly believe that I am currently living one of the happiest periods of my life.


Peter Ruttkay

Country: Hungary
Project: Empowering European Youth
In Alzira: March 2015 – August 2015

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My motivation:Since I know more about the EVS, I wanted to participate in a project. The search was long and sometimes hopeless, but I never gave up, and thanks for my strength and my friends help. The spark of light has come and I get the feedback what I was waiting for since start to search my project So now I’m living in Alzira now to fulfill it. Why Spain? The way of the people thinking here is the same like I do. Also the language and the climate what I really like, but learn to speak un spanish is harder then I ever imagine, because everybody said: -It’s easy to learn, don’t worry about it. – And I replied: -Oh You think?!” But of course I only need to practice. This project is a turning point in my life and I do my best to help the work of IDEA and I will never regret to start this challenge.

My experience: Only 1 month since I’m here, but this time just flew away in hyper-speed. In the beginning it was a bit tough to learn everything and processing the information-tsunami, but I got and still get a lot of help from my coworkers what for I’m really thankful. I know that this project will develop my skills and I can be more professional during my work here and now and when I finish this journey.


Pierre Girin

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Country: France
Project: Eurodissey
In Alzira:  December 2014 – April 2015

My motivation:
I got the opportunity to live abroad during my university career thanks to the Erasmus Programme. Once you start traveling, you just want to visit, discover other countries and meet new people. When I went back to France, my first thought was: “I definitely have to go abroad again”. Therefore I graduated in September and start looking for existing opportunities to work in another country. I have chosen the Eurodissey Programme because my first priority was to get a relevant professional experience after graduating and this Programme seemed well-organized and perfectly appropriate to help me to reach my goal.
Moreover, Spain was number one on my wish list because I have always been attracted by this country, its friendliness, its weather and the language.
I am now living in Valencia and working in Alzira and I am not disappointed at all, rather the contrary.

My experience:
Spain, Valencia and Alzira exceed my expectations. I did not know Valencia and I was quite surprised to find out a city where it feels good to live.
My job in Alzira match perfectly with my expectations, my tasks are interesting, developing and the working atmosphere is really good.
I am pretty sure the IDEA experience will open doors for my future career.


Ivana Savic

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Country: Serbia
Project: European Voluntary Service
In Alzira: September 2014 – February 2015

My motivation:
I have decided to do EVS few years ago, but really put it into motion one year before coming to Alzira. I saw it as an opportunity to experience another culture, taste life out of my comfort zone and away from the things I knew. It was a chance to enrich my life, personally and professionally. Why Spain? I already spoke language and everything Spanish intrigued me. I knew that living with people I don’t know, and beside that foreigners, adapting to new environment, language other than my mother tongue, different culture (including food!) might be challenging and difficult but nevertheless I wanted it and did it. And I have no regrets! So my advice is, go for it! You can do it until you are 30 and shouldn’t miss opportunity like this.

My experience:
I think that as every other volunteer, I was a bit afraid when coming here. Afraid that the organisation and what we do will not meet my expectations or that I will hate my work environment. Luckily, nothing of it happened. What greeted us was an office where people interact, and are open for questions and help. The activities we carry out are organised by us, volunteers and according to our possibilities. Relaxed atmosphere and nice colleagues were most helpful. Also, the people I have come to meet and know during my time here are wonderful and really welcoming.


Szilvia Majaros 

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Project: European Voluntary Service
In Alzira:  September 2014 – February 2015

My motivation:
I wanted to be a volunteer, because is a nice combination of being an employee and a tourist. During working hours I can know better my colleagues, the inhabitants and the language, on the other hand after the working hours I can travel and taste the other side of the culture. I think to work here is one of the best choice to get closer to the culture and get involved in habits and learn the language as it really is.

My experience:
I don’t have any difficulties in the cooperation with IDEA, which is a very important part of being a volunteer. I have the possibility to learn the language and work easily. I must say I’m lucky to have to nice volunteer beside me. Through them I had the possibility to learn the Polish and Serbian, as well. By the way I hope these couple of months we spent together makes us to save the friendship for the future.


Piotr Dyga 

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Country: Poland
Project: EVS in Alzira (European Voluntary Service)
In Alzira:  October 2014 – March 2015

My motivation:
I had two main reasons to go to EVS. First was to test myself in completely different environment, new culture, new people, and new rules, find out how I will react to that kind of changes. Second was to, putting it simply, gain perspective. I finished my degree and decided it’s time, so here I am. Spain was oblivious choice as I already understood Spanish language a little and for years was big fan of football. And there is no better place to be football fan than Spain. Everyone here is fan of that beautiful game. It’s like paradise.

My experience:
Experience with EVS is completely positive, without any problems worth mentioning. I consider it amazing opportunity, for some surely life-changing. Cooperation with IDEA is going great. Everybody is very professional, helpful and friendly. Many learning opportunities, many challenges, many memories. I am very happy with working environment. Thanks to EVS I was able to meet dozens of new people (from virtually every part of the world) and hopefully all those relations won’t end with end of my project.


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Petr Zabka

Country: Czech Republic
In Alzira: March 2014 – August 2014
Programme: EVS (Alzira Youth Empowerment project)

My motivation: It has been already more than four years since I started working with EVS volunteers in Czech Republic. From the very beginning I knew it was The Project for me and I would go to work for some NGO or city hall somewhere in the future. Everybody was so excited about their experiences. Living abroad and doing something different to my life in Czech Republic was exactly what I was looking for.  It is a brilliant programme offering a lot of learning, experience and joy. Moreover when its project is organised by such a great organisation as IDEA Alzira is.  When I got back home, I started working with EVS volunteers even more and now we will be also sending organization for them.

My experience: I am thinking how to say how awesome the experience was. It thought me so much – from Spanish language to typing with my all fingers or washing my clothes. It was very interesting as a life experience, too. Living alone apart from my family, friends and activities was hard, but important to experience.  I will never forget working in IDEA Alzira. The group of people and the job I was doing were simply unforgettable.  The work was fun, everybody was very kind, helpful, cheerful. Living in Spain was also amazing. I fell in love with everything and everybody there. I cannot wait to come back to my love Alzira.


Claude Johnsson
Country: Sweden
In Alzira: March 2014 – August 2014
Programme: EVS (Alzira Youth Empowerment project)


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Kinga Nyeste
Country: Hungary
In Alzira: June 2013 – November 2014
Programme: EVS (Voluntariado en Alzira project)


Annamaria Boda
Country: Hungary
In Alzira: March 2014 – August 2014
Programme: EVS (Voluntariado en Alzira project)


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Noemie Nyst
Country: Belgium
In Alzira: November 2013 – March 2014
Programme: Eurodisea


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Stefano Tallarico
Country: Italy
In Alzira: June 2013 – October 2013
Programme: Eurodisea

My Expierience

I worked for IDEA for five months thanks to Eurodyssey, an Euroepan exchange programme between European Regions. It was a fantastic experience because I worked with a formidable team, in particular with my tutor Jose Manuel Gonazalez Valls and the Director of IDEA, Carmen Herrero Pardo.

During this experience I worked in the Department of European Projects managing the platform of “Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs” and collaborating with my colleagues for the organization of events and meetings. Moreover, one of the most interesting work, was the draft of a European Project: “New Euro-Mediterranean Initiative for Youth Employment Promotion” and during this work I  had the opportunity to work closely with many organizations of southern neighbourhood countries, like Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lybia, Marocco Palestine and Tunisia.

Work for IDEA was a great opportunity for my professional and personal growth.

I hope to came back one day in Alzira to visit all my collegues of IDEA.


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Stefano Modestini
Country: Italy
In Alzira: November 2012 – March 2013
Programme: Eurodisea

My Expierience

It was back in the Summer 2012, when I was living and working in Australia since 2 years after graduating in International Law in Italy, when I bumped into this very interesting programme called Eurodisea which allow young people 18-30 years old to have a professional paid work placement on top of an intensive language course depending on the hosting European Region. Of course, Spain was on top of my list and I had the chance to end up in IDEA: the Local Development Agency of Alzira, a small town located at just 40 minutes by train from Valencia, in the Comunidad Valenciana Region. As soon as I arrived in Valencia I felt very welcome and integrated in the local community and my none existing skills in Spanish where soon turning into a rather conversational level. After a first month of adaptation and intensive language course I so started the following 5 months in IDEA what I still call the work experience that open the doors for my future (and present!) professional career. I indeed learnt a lot about European Project Management, besides many different local development policies while getting totally involved in the local environment.  All in all, those 6 months changed my life and made me become who I am today, providing me with an immense personal and professional growth. After 3 and an half year from the day I entered the office of IDEA for the first time, I still find myself living in Valencia (city that I love and would not change with anyone in the World J) and working with my own association called GoEurope www.goeurope.es , where I can put into practice what I’ve learnt during my Eurodisea experience and therefore, help Spanish youngsters to take part in mobility and training programmes around the EU.


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Blandine Alcoy
Country: France
In Alzira: June 2012 – October 2012
Programme: Eurodisea

My experience

I had a great experience working at IDEA with Jose Manuel. The whole team was very welcoming, and I was given the opportunity to make good use of my skills throughout my work, and work with great partners. I also learnt a lot about different projects in the economic development field, as well as the way the Spanish administration works, and answer a couple of call for tenders.

The greatest challenge for me was interacting with people who came for consultation in our office, whom I had to inform in Spanish, but it was a great way to practice my communication skills and improve my Spanish!

My motivation

I had been looking for a job, preferably in a Spanish-speaking country, to improve my languages skills, and my knowledge of the Spanish history and culture. I was advised by the Youth Office in my city to take part in this project, and within a month, I was packing to go to Spain! The experience completely fulfilled my expectations and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a similar project.



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Claire Rabes
Country: France
In Alzira: November 2011 – March 2012
Programme: Eurodisea


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