A Day in the Life of Our Volunteers

As a volunteer working for MacKenzie you get to experience a lot of different activities. Sarafovo_School (2)
Generally, we spend our time working at the Goethe Gymnasium, which is located in Burgas. There we do some office work, like scanning documents, doing summaries or preparing materials for teachers. Furthermore, we take photos at seminars or help with coffee.
But our favorite activity at school is to go into the classes. We play games, discuss relevant issues or just talk with the students. We really enjoy the time spent with the pupils, because they are so friendly, open and interested.

Every Wednesday, we visit the secondary school Hristo Botev in Sarafovo. There, we play games with children aged 10 to 11. Even though the kids cannot speak English, they try to understand and take part in the games. This week, we played a drawing game and the finished drawings were really fun. We laughed a lot with the kids and look forward to see them again!

The office of MacKenzie is located in Sarafovo as well. We go there once a week to prepare games, write articles and edit pictures from our experiences. We are also able to do some of the tasks at home, like editing the schools website or prepare material for the games.

The activities at MacKenzie are versatile and every day is different. As a consequence, we enjoy our work in Burgas and Sarafovo a lot and we are excited about new activities and tasks in the future.

Нов доброволец в Макензи

Вече половин месец, Хана работи с нас и се радва на топъл прием и множество задачи 🙂 Picture_Hannah_Introduction

Ето и нейните мисли:

“Before I came to Bulgaria, I knew almost nothing about this country.  I could say “Dober den” and I knew where Bulgaria was located on the map, but that was about it. With a suitcase full of uncertain expectations and hopes I arrived in Burgas two weeks ago. Since then, I made so many new friends, tried some Bulgarian food, saw the sea and got to know this cordial, yet so different culture.

My name is Hannah, I am 18 years old and I come from Austria. I am a volunteer at MacKenzie in Burgas for 7 months. I just finished school and wanted to take a gap year to travel, meet some new people and learn how to stand on my own feet. This is why I decided to do the European volunteer service. I think it is a perfect opportunity to learn to live on your own and take responsibility for your actions.
Why Bulgaria? The project MacKenzie offers interesting tasks and as I said, I knew nothing about this country and wanted to get to know a totally different culture. Furthermore, the sea is a big plus, for someone who has lived her whole life surrounded by mountains.

I am so excited for the next  months. I still have a lot to learn but luckily I have time to explore, observe and make experiences for life!”