Jonathan and Martin
Martin and I were lucky enough to take part in international projects as young people ourselves, through an organisation called UNA Exchange in Wales. Through the worldwide network of organisations they’re a part of, we got to volunteer on locally-led projects in countries. The world was opened up to us through working with other young folks from lots of different countries. What was even more exciting for me was seeing the projects that UNA Exchange co-ordinated in Wales – bringing volunteers from overseas to help local charities with their work. We were hooked. And returning home in 2007, we saw how connecting Scotland up to these fantastic international opportunities and networks could bring so many benefits to young people and organisations here.
This was the start of Xchange Scotland…
I joined the Xchange Scotland community in 2012 as a volunteer group leader, and since then have participated in a record number of international volunteer projects! I’m passionate about ensuring everyone has the chance to learn and develop. And the team say I’m a smiley, welcoming person to have in the office. In my spare time, I love to travel and run, recently I combined both by running a marathon in Venice!
I joined the passionate team of Xchange Scotland early January 2017, previously being a volunteer for over seven years in different projects and countries and a staff member of a partner organization involved in the fields of youth work, community development and non-formal education.
European Activities Coordinator
After living in 8 cities, 3 countries and 2 continents I arrived in Glasgow and Xchange Scotland became part of my life in September 2016. I graduated in International Relations and I’m a very big supporter of the European Union. One of my aims is to make sure that citizens feel European, that they are able to enjoy their rights and that they can take advantage of the privileges that come with being European. Working for Xchange Scotland is giving me the chance to do something concrete to help build European awareness and citizenship. One last thing: I’m Italian and everyone in the office has fun with my facial expressions and gestures.
Alex Bahena Rivera