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What I am doing at the momeont?

At the moment I am doing yet another internship. In Nürnberg/ Germany. I "work" for the Diakonie which is the charity organisation of the Lutheran church. I work for the spokesperson of the press which is a lot of fun. The Diakonie is quiet interesting. It run hospitals, schools, day care centers, nursing homes, institutions for handicapped people, offers counceling to migrants, prostitutes etc.... A very broad range of services. Don´t worry, you do not have to be a christian to receive help form them. The only disadvantage is that you have to be a christian if you want to work for them... Since I am not baptized I wil not be able to ever find a "real" job here. But nonetheless I like the internship and I am learning a lot.

I already know where )I will go to next. From May tu July I will be in Hamburg where I will work for a movie production company. And from August to November I will do an internship at the Deutsche Fundraising Academy in Frankfurt. I will hopefully learn where to get all the money for my many ideas from....
5.4.07 15:27

It´s over!

My traineeship at the Council of Europe is over. It was a very unique experience for me personally and I hope that it will be also rewarding for my professional career. I met very many Roma activists from all over Europe, got to assist in the daily work of the Roma and Travellers Division, and was able to see first hand how an international organisation works. Finding real employment in and international organisation is hard and I am not sure if I really want to work for one. I do not have concrete plans for the future yet. At the moment, I am in Erlangen with Avtandil and we will spend christmas in Hamburg. I am applying for more internships and I wonder if there is ever going to be a real job in the end.....
11.12.06 16:11

The world is small

Today I made another experience of how small the world is. Me and some colleagues of mine wanted to go to the office of another colleague. On the way to that office we almost bumped into someone who was not supposed to see us there (As we are preparing a surprise for her). When we heard her coming we panicked and hid in a small room with a xerox machine it. We waited for a couple of minutes and then wanted to continue our way. When I looked out of the room a friend of mine from Romania was standing in front of it!!!
I looked at her in surprise and she told me that she had seen me hiding....
It turned out that she is a diplomat now and had been on a mission to the council. She had not known that I was there too.

I guess the next time I see her will be in Romania again...
24.11.06 16:36


Today, the president of the Republic of Georgia, Mikhail Saakashvili, visited the Parliament of the European Union. Since I can also enter EU premises with my Council badge I had to see him..... (No, the Council of Europe is not a body of the EU!!!).

Unfortunately I was not allowed to enter the hemicycle when he was giving a speech but I went to the cultural part after that. The Georgian national ballett was there and performed folk dances. Very cool but too short. I would have like to see more than two dances. Most important of all though, I saw Saakashvili and his wife in person!!!!! And I was standing only 2 meters away from them.....
14.11.06 19:16

Witnessing Historic moments

Last week I was able to attend the annual meeting of European Roma and Travellers Forum. The Forum is a body which was initiated by the Finnish government. Only Roma can become delegates representing their home countries or NGOs. The Forum is seen as representing European Roma and has the task of communicating with international organisations about Roma issues.
Since the Forum is still in its baby shoes it is really interesting to see which obstacles it is facing in becoming a well functioning and reknown institution. The beginning is never easy and I wonder how the Forum will look like in 10 years......

PS. As a groupie it was also really cool to meet almost all European Roma rights activist in person, after having read their publications for the last couple of years....
14.11.06 19:11

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