23 year old Sabina Nonnis comes from Sardinia, a beautiful highland in Italy. Sabina has been involved with Xchange Scotland since summer of 2015. Our volunteer facilitator Evelyn finds out how Sabina is getting on with her Community Achievement Award and how it is motivating her to continue being involved in her community.
Hi Sabina! Could you tell us a bit about your involvement with Xchange Scotland?
My involvement with Xchange Scotland started last year when I got involved with my first project in Strasbourg for a political youth festival. We had the opportunity to delivery an activity outside the European Parliament which involved collecting ideas from young people about how to build a better Europe. We also had the opportunity to take part in activities both inside and outside the European Parliament.
Then I found out about the Community Achievement Awards and started getting involved last summer. Right now I’m finishing up my Level 4 and will soon start working on my Level 7 with my involvement with the ‘World Café’ project.
Could you tell us a bit about your new project with the World Café?
The purpose of the café is to create an environment where local and international people can culturally share and do language exchanges with one and other in a welcoming space. We want to welcome all nationalities and cultural groups and to learn from each other through our monthly and weekly sessions.
What made you want to get involved in this project?
I wanted to get involved so I could learn about different cultures and be able to meet people from different countries and get to meet lots of new and interesting people. I am interested in learning new languages and this is a great way to get basic knowledge of other national identities.
What are some of the things involved in setting up a new project?
We need to find different venues and locations to deliver these sessions, find out what people in the community want and then start creating and advertising the project for community to learn about the group.
Could you tell us a bit about the Community Achievement Awards and what have you gained from it?
The Community Achievement Awards are a way for local volunteers to gain recognized qualifications for their community work and volunteering. It’s a great way to motivate you to do your volunteering or starting up volunteering if it’s your first time. The staff of Xchange Scotland support you all the way from the start.
And finally, what is the best thing about volunteering for you?
Getting to meet and know new people and having the opportunity to get out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself to try out new things.
This is a Big Lottery Funded project