Volunteer Stories

Dorottya Fekete, Gender Studies MA

My name is Dóri, I am enrolled in the one year Gender Studies program at CEU. Volunteering has always been a very important part of my life so I was eager to get involved with the activities that the Community Engagement Office offered when I started my studies at the university. I had the privilege to be selected as an English tutor and prepare a teenager for the Hungarian school leaving exam. This program is different from a normal tutoring session because we conduct our session through an online platform. Despite the challenges that arise from the nature of the online session, my student always greets me with a smile and pays attention throughout the entire class. I enjoy teaching and it makes me proud when my tutee uses the words and phrases we learned at the previous classes. 

Kossi Atchrimi, International Relations MA

I’m engaged in different volunteer activities since I’m a student at CEU. My favorite one is teaching English at Deak Diak elementary school. I have session with the kids once a week and it’s very good to see how much they are motivated in the kind of activities I engage them and how much they are appreciating my presence in the class. Volunteering is important to me. I did it in my home town as well. This is the best way how you can learn about the people and culture while living in a foreign country. Teaching at this program enables me to learn more about the Hungarian educational system as well, which I’m interested in. I also feel responsible to show different cultures to the kids, in order to open their eyes to the word.