I was always interested in ways my work could have an impact on others, how to represent and convey the values which are important for me. I work in DIA so young people can experience the power of thinking together, valuable debate, helping their communities. I believe that new learning experiences and challenges help all of us to realise our hidden talents and opportunities in our community. Working at DIA for me is a constant exploration and I would like to share this with as many youngsters as possible.
DIA for me is some kind of way out of the greyness of university, and was even from the hamster wheel in high school. I am the only in the teamone who experienced ‘standing on both sides’. Now as an intern I know how much hard work and little detail it takes to create an extraordinary experience for young people. As a high school student I felt this was something the world needed, especially for those students who are wondering aimlessly, but still are eager to change. Moreover, DIA is also a place of great meetings. I have met creative and inspiring people who taught me a lot. Yes, today, they are my colleagues. I have also got to know young people, from whom I also learnt so much. And the best: during events and summer camps I see that youngsters are also eager to get to know each other, to learn from each other. I find this important in today’s world, and we shouldn’t lose it.
I consider myself very lucky because during my entire professional life I was always able to do what I love, what I consider important, working alongside with committed, enthusiastic people. In the last 13 years I undertook several roles to make sure that DIA was working successfully, to drive forward young people’s opportunities to help them find their place in the world, encourage them to be responsible for themselves, for others, and their community. I am really proud to have been making a difference through a transparent and democratic organisation, like DIA.
Last summer was one of the hardest periods of my life when I had to deal with the fact that despite the 5 years of hard work I was unable to study in the Netherlands. Unaware of what was to come I went to a camp organised by DIA where the world turned around for me. A few months later there I was at DemoLab’s kick-off, realising that our slightly chaotic, but endlessly enthusiastic team has developed into a network of 8 schools thanks to DIA’s expertise and the support of UNDEF. I was equally proud and motivated; you can really make a change and it’s worth fighting. Not only the professional and colourful events make my internship at DIA unforgettable, but also the people I meet with: committed colleagues, devoted teachers, dedicated students – but the adjectives are interchangeable. I am part of an inclusive, devoted community who teaches 21st century skills, critical thinking and team work for everyone it reaches. Now I know why I was left at home. I found my calling at DIA.
I deal mostly with young people in my work, help them to improve their skills in a safe environment, suited to their needs. I find it exciting to witness personal development and articulation of goals from interests. In DIA I feel that my work is important and I am part of a dynamically changing and developing creative community, I keep learning, so that I am able to have an impact on others.
I am the founder and head of ‘Közterem’ (Public Space). That is a team building programme for school classes in order to forge them into real teams alongside with improving their social skills. Besides that I volunteer at Igazgyöngy Foundation’s Toldi Special School, where I enjoy team building and debate the most. I have learnt everything at ELTE Pedagogy and Psychology Department which was connected to education studies up to obtaining my PhD degree than went on to work as an assistant lecturer. The best part of it was working together with students majoring in education and psychology. I have a 2-year old daughter Franciska who has just started nursery. I enjoy reading, watching old photos, videos, ads and being lost in the past altogether. And in the present I love to fight for a good, important cause.
Oliveira de Jesus Andrea
I have always been passionate about working with youth. It motivates me to see how they get motivated at new, creative ideas, how it changes their perspective. This way they get to know themselves better, realise their hidden abilities and find their own path. I work at DIA as the financial coordinator so programmes like these come to life.
When I applied to be an intern at DIA in my second year of university, the staff members warned me that people usually stick around forever. I of course laughed heartily at it and told myself that I would be the exception as my studies were completely different and I only considered my internship a useful as well as interesting hobby. This happened more than 5 years ago and I have become a permanent member of DIA ever since. The work here is truly addictive: day by day I meet exciting challenges in an inspiring environment where I can always improve myself. I believe that the way to a fairer and better functioning society leads through learning and dialogue. This is why I work together with young people and experts dealing with them from all over the country. My colleagues and I want the new generation to be innovative thinkers, creative problem-solvers and communities to be more open.
I was a child in the Soviet Union and a teen in Ukraine. Back then I didn’t really understand much of the community’s and society’s problems, but the experience that democratic values, rule of law or human rights weren’t dominating features has stuck with me. With a background like this I consider it both luck and fate that at the urging of one of my friends I started to volunteer at DIA. Ever since I have learnt a lot about debate-culture development, creative problem solving, social innovation, worked together with inspiring people and was part of realising initiatives with which I had an influence on the world becoming a little better.
For me DIA represents an environment and community where learning is joyful, free and critical thinking is valued. The reason why I find my work very exciting at DIA is that it’s always able to reinvent itself. Alongside with teaching debate skills we organise conferences for teens, develop board games, arrange summer camps for children and not a long ago we started a new project built around one of the most relevant topics of our time, recognising fake news and searching for reliable information. Working together with us young people can develop such essential, lifelong skills they rarely find somewhere else. Our projects prepare them for active citizenship, responsible decision-making and meaningful debates.