Hello everyone. I am the new Erasmus intern for the Human Rights Youth Organisation and I will be working here in Palermo until the end of September.
Let me introduce myself: My name is Liv, I am 19 years old (and will turn twenty next month) and originally from Bochum, Germany. I live in Warsaw, the polish capital, where I study International Relations in the International degree program. Last year, I did a voluntary service in Malta, so now I am very happy to be back in the Mediterranean. My hobbies include: fitness, books and movies, diving, playing the piano, singing and yoga. I also have a great passion for languages and am very happy to get the chance to learn a bit of Italian while I am here.
I am in Palermo since the 21st of June and I will help the people from H.R.Y.O to organise the “Meet me Halfway”-Festival in September and with lots of other things that they are doing.
Over the next three months, you will hear from me in this blog, you will see me around Palermo handing out flyers and at other events connected with HRYO.
First impressions of Palermo
I used my first week to visit a few parts of Palermo; I went to the seaside, to the Foro Italico, I visited the centre with all its little alleys and shops, Ballarò and the beer festival that was happening on Saturday in via Maqueda. Of course I also went to Mondello beach, I got a small sunburn on my back, which is normal because I simply am extremely pale, so I accept my destiny. 😉
Palermo is such an amazing place to see for me, everywhere I go, I see people outside, doing something, meeting in the streets, eating, chatting and watching football together, this is something that we don’t have in central Europe, our lives are lived in our houses, not outside. It seems to me, of course, very chaotic and loud, at times also dirty, but people do not really seem to care, which relaxes the life here a lot. I know that a lot of things, like for example public transport, do not work out the way they should and I admire that people take it with humour.
What are Human rights for me?
I applied for this internship not only to gain work and travelling experience, but also because I think that H.R.Y.O do a really good job and because I want to support the good cause of this organisation.
To me, “Human rights” mean the acceptance of differences and took look over differences in ethnicity, religion, gender or any other background when dealing with humans. Human rights should be the base of respect and the foundation on which we find our solutions for conflicts or disagreements. It is important, especially in the times we currently live in to be reminded of what we have in common and and to be reminded of the most basic values of equality from time to time.
This is what HRYO do, and I am very happy to support them in their attempts to foster intercultural communication and equal rights.