Lingua Franca testimonial: Katarina Babicova
Katarina Babicova, 26, studied Scandinavian languages and served at WSCF-E as a volunteer and also staff member from 2009-2012.
I served a volunteer Links Coordinator on WSCF-E Regional Committee in 2010-2012, when I was 22-24 years old. At that time I had only few experiences with organization of bigger events from scratch both in from the thematic and practical point of view. However, I felt a big support and belief from the other members of the team, which encouraged me to go beyond my ordinary thinking and also gave me energy to accomplish all the tasks from managing big groups, organizing program and thematic workshops, fundraising, getting lecturers or participants and their visa (often at last minute!) and many others.
If I should reflect on my current skills both social and organizational, I think I owe WSCF-E a big thanks for for not only gaining these, but many others, that I was given opportunity to develop. The one that I certainly appreciate most is just feeling comfortable in English and speaking in front of a big crowd and expressing my own opinion. The second one most appreciated would be the intercultural sensibility and awareness. Under WSCF-E I mean all people I met and learned from – the committee of good friends, staff, participants in the conferences. I am truly thankful and would encourage everybody to volunteer!