Jovana Jovanovska

Jovana is passionate about cross-cultural exchange, volunteering and learning new languages and cultures. She has been involved in a couple of local NGO's with whose help she managed to participate in various youth projects, as well as she has been volunteering in a refugee camp for displaced refugees for two years. Her goals for the year are to share her own experiences and skills within a new community, to teach what she knows and to learn what she does not know yet. She is excited to start learning new langugaes and to immerse as much as possible in the Senegalese culture. Jovana's favourite quote is: The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday, therefore during the following year, she expects to develop as an individual and to learn new skills that will be of benefit in her future.

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Gratitude

*This is something I wrote about my experience in Senegal and I would want to share it with you. I hope you enjoy it and I would be more than glad to answer any questions you have. Keep in mind that this is just a…

15 May, 2019

“You’re so young, yet so brave”

*”The thing about goodbyes , you see – is the beautiful medley of a sense of loss and self-discovery, all at once.”* I’ve learned how to take care of myself. Sometimes more, sometimes less, but at the end of the day, I manage to do…

27 April, 2019

When the NO becomes a YES

Since I can remember, I’ve been surrounded by various languages. Some of them I learned to speak, others just to recognize in a crowded room of people. As a result of being exposed to languages at an early age, for some of the ones that…

21 February, 2019

7-place chronicles

* This is a combination of a few of my journal entries from the past month Walking 30 min a day to the garage (bus station) seemed as an easy task during the first month here. That is, until I realized that the sand is…

14 February, 2019

What do I do? What do I not do?

Cultural appropriation The act of taking or using things from a culture that is not your own, especially without showing that you understand or respect this culture. Senegalese culture is very different from my own in many aspects. Some of those differences are the everyday…

21 January, 2019

"If it’s different, is it wrong?"

I was born in a multi ethnic community. At an early age I was exposed to different cultures, languages and religions. Amongst that, many times I’ve also experienced tensions and a lack of tolerance for “the other groups”. I was born in a region where…

28 November, 2018

Blog

Our whole lives are challenges, challenges that will make us happy or sad, but most importantly, ones that would shape us, make us think and experience. When I applied to take a gap year, one of the outcomes I wanted to achieve was to make…

14 August, 2018

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Jovana Jovanovska