I am a young Project Manager with a broad range of interests, including but not limited to: culture; the arts, environmental sustainability and mental health. I am currently doing a National Civic Service in the association Scambieuropei in Bologna, Italy – and, in this framework, I have the opportunity to collaborate with Tavo Europa on the management of Erasmus+ projects.

To tell you a little bit more about my background, I hold a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University Paris-Dauphine. During my time in Paris, I worked as an Assistant Project Manager in the cultural center “La Maison des Pratiques Artistiques Amateurs”, where I contributed to the implementation of a 12-month urban dance project involving local schools, social centers and associations from the youth sector. After the end of this project,
I moved to Italy to attend the International Master’s degree “Innovation and Organisation of Culture and the Arts” at the University of Bologna, from which I graduated in March 2022. For my final thesis, I carried out a comparative study about the Governance Models in Culture and Tourism – two sectors that are so deeply intertwined, but often failing to develop meaningful and sustainable connections.

Over the past years, I had the chance to actively contribute to the development of cultural, artistic and educational projects in Italy and abroad. I found myself lucky enough to combine my interest in education and my passion for traveling since I started collaborating with the association Scambieuropei. There, I developed a solid experience in the management of Erasmus+ projects, I learnt new tools and methods related to non-formal education and I had the opportunity to engage in activities fostering youth participation. In parallel, I started working for a local travel agency and tour operator based in Bologna, allowing me to dive into a multicultural environment and grow resourceful skills in the sectors of culture and tourism. I consider myself as a team worker and enthusiast learner, striving to build bridges between sectors and disciplines, and to support international cooperation

What does Pauline have to say about the experience in Lithuania?

Donatas has been doing a great job in welcoming us to Lithuania. I really appreciated that we had a first meeting through videocall before our arrival there, and he was very attentive to our needs and expectations. He provided lots of suggestions regarding foreigners-friendly events in Vilnius and we enjoyed the city from the very beginning thanks to this.
Throughout our collaboration with Tavo Europa, we had the chance to take part in a partner meeting in Serbia where we met Greta and Lina, two project managers. We also worked on several tasks with Giedrė, who is in charge of communication. All of them were really nice, welcoming, and proactive in involving us in the different ongoing projects of the association.
The fact that our work schedule was flexible and that we had the possibility to work remotely offered me the opportunity to really really enjoy Lithuania to the fullest. I hope that the next volunteers will enjoy their experience as much as I did and will get to meet more of Tavo Europa’s team members, who are all super nice, friendly and skilled people.
As a last word I would say that I am so grateful for what I learnt during my brief stay in their organisation. I am now back home and I am filled with motivation to work on my own projects.