Here it is again, an interview with our volunteer. Today we will get to know Yulia Kononchuk, who has been writing fascinating posts at Communication Department for a year. She studies journalism at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, likes travelling and collecting magazines.

- How did your story of volunteer experience begin? 

-My first volunteering was during Nordic Night - evenings of Scandinavian culture at the Museum of History of Kyiv. Swedish teacher of my friend invited her, and I joined also. It was fun. I liked it, so a few months later, I helped organize media support for World Cleanup Day and took photos on locations during the event. 

I only got into ESN on the second attempt. In January 2021, I saw a recruitment post from ESN Kyiv but recollected to fill out the form only 4 hours before the deadline. I quickly wrote it and sent it. My application was lost, so I received an invitation to an interview a week later. 


- Where do you get your inspiration as a writer?

- Writing for ESN is like a job for me because I have a task, a deadline, and expectations from the team that I will do it. When you take on responsibilities, you must fulfill them. Coming up with topics is  difficult. So, brainstorming helps me in this. In my opinion, writing material is sometimes easier than inventing a theme.