“My volunteering activity is going to be held in Italy – my dream place to live in.” • Mariam Kvirikashvili

Mariam Kvirikashvili is a Georgian volunteer who joined Associazione Lilliput in Osimo, Italy and carries out her long-term European Solidarity Corps project funded by Erasmus +. Read what she says about her upcoming experience:

“Social distancing. pandemic. quarantine. Those are only a couple of terms that might be used to describe life during Covid-19. However, if you take a deeper look, you will find a way to overcome feeling of inertia and make a bigger impact with the skills you already have.

The year 2020 has been a challenging one for me as well as most people, forcing us to adapt to new realities. I had just started my masters’ programme at the University of Tartu when the pandemic came at the worst possible time. I was not able to attend face-to-face classes and ended up being locked up far away from home for too long period of time.  However, I decided to take a positive approach and look for opportunities that come with the change.

One day I found out about BITISI’s projects and I was lucky enough to be chosen for one of them. My volunteering activity is going to be held in Italy – my dream place to live in. My main role, as a volunteer, will be to act in support to educators, invent activities and encourage dynamical relations between children. I believe that this project will give me a great chance to experience working in a team and to take an advantage of everyone’s knowledge coming from different backgrounds. I am too excited to know Italy better, since it certainly does have much to offer: Arts, spectacular cities, beaches and of course food” – Mariam Kvirikashvili.