Challenge Yourself in Rybnik! – Meet Hansi

Hi there!

As my first entry on this website, I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Hansi, I’m 26 and I come from a small country, yet full of wonders, located in the Balkans. Its name, Albania.

I grew up in Durres, a coastal city near the capital, where from a young age, took a great interest in swimming and fishing, two activities that I still quite enjoy, even to this day.

After I finished high school, I relocated to Tirana, so I could study for Computer Science, which is my major. I love coding, simple as that. I love the whole process behind it. Getting an idea, the motivational surge that comes afterwards, endless hours of trial and error until you get it just right, is its own reward.

But, while attending my studies, I felt like rushing through three years of university would be too much, so I decided to take a year off after every school year, just so I could work and make some money, enough to provide for myself and to travel.

Although it was very tough at first, the idea of being self-sufficient, especially at that age, kept me going. I worked many odd jobs that weren’t related to my major, but, I got to save up a lot, which allowed me to travel. And honestly, I look back at that time and I wouldn’t change a thing. While traveling, I met a lot of new people, visited fascinating cities, got into new hobbies. All of these things helped me to get a better understanding of what I wanted out of life.

I got a job as a software developer, and while I was working on my dream job, I got my bachelor’s degree at the same time. But I didn’t feel fulfilled. Instead, I wanted more, something new, way out of my comfort zone. Since I’d been living in Albania pretty much my whole life, the sensible thing to do was going abroad.

And this is where the European Solidarity Corps comes in. A friend of mine suggested it to me, and lo and behold, a few months later and I’m here in Rybnik. I’ve actually been in Poland before on vacation, so I was eager to come back, since I knew for sure I’d enjoy my stay here.

I will be a part of the amazing team that works at the Historic Mine Ignatius, helping out in miscellaneous activities. It seems like a great opportunity to meet new people, share ideas with them, learn about polish culture and have fun while doing so.

In conclusion, I guess you could say I’m very eager about what the future holds for me here in Rybnik.

Cheers!

-H 

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