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Erasmus+ internship in Amsterdam

A week has passed since the end of my internship and I would like to summarize the past 3 months.

When something good ends, it becomes sad. However, when something that changed you ends, emotions overflow.

I would never have thought that in such a short time, I would experience so many unforgettable moments in my life, both, at work and in my free time.

As a part of Sapient SEE and Healthy & Affordable, I had an opportunity to work on many fascinating projects. I was lucky enough to develop new strategies for the company, launch new product, conduct fieldwork, search new points of sale and organizing inventory. However, out of all, the most valuable skill was a sense of responsibility and importance of all the projects for the society and environment.

In Amsterdam, not only had I have an opportunity of personal development in a work environment but also, I met new, incredible people. They are extraordinary, remarkable, versatile and affable. Each of them is unique, with a fascinating history. I was lucky enough to work with people who were not only my colleagues but became friends for life. Through multiple fascinating conversations, they changed my perception of the world and my attitude towards different parts of life.

I'm incredibly glad that I met them all at Sapient, MixTree language club, Dutch game, PubQuiz, Amsterdam Catacombs, OBA library, tango lessons, Milonga, trip to Belgium and Hague, and many visited museums. The places where I met the people, spent some time with them and experienced unbelievable moments will always stay in my memory.

Once I asked myself, what is more important for me; the place where I live, or the people who surround me. These 3 months gave me a clear answer. The key part of my life is people. Thanks to them, you can experience life on another level. Thanks to them, the places you visit become special to you. Thanks to them, you want to change for better and move forward.

I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who experienced with me and helped me during this wonderful journey.

First of all, of course, I’d like to thank Wyższa Szkoła Zarządzania Ochroną Pracy w Katowicach which gave me the opportunity to participate in the Erasmus+ program.

Certainly, I’d like to thank Coby Zephyr Babani, who believed in me and gave me the opportunity to get such an important and invaluable experience as a project coordinator.

Also, I’d like to thank the CASERS.org, who held multiple competitions I participated in. Thanks to them, I gained a valuable background that has helped me many times in my working process.

And finally, I’d like to thank all the people, who believed in me, supported me, guided me, made a serious, amazing influence on me and changed my perception of the world. Thank you all very much!

Well, now with all the experience, I will move on, there is still a lot to do in my life…

Vladyslav Chernii, Ukraine

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