Volunteership period: end of 2020 – first half of 2021
Ulyana Kubenko completed BA in International Relations and Area Studies in 2018, and MA in International Security and Development in 2020 at the Jagiellonian University (Kraków, Poland). After volunteering experience at UTTLOB, Ulyana was offered a traineeship in Security and Defense Program at the GMF office in Brussels.
“While I originally started assisting with the fundraising activities, the job has been very multifaceted and I had a great opportunity to also get experience in background research, analysis, and project development. What I found really important during the volunteering is that your opinion really matters, meaning you can always reach out and share your ideas about a specific issue and chances are that your idea will be taken into serious consideration and implemented in the new project. To me working in the UTTLOB was a truly great professional, as well as learning experience. If you want to work in civil society organisations and you are interested in supporting democratic developments and European integration of Ukraine, while simultaneously being in contact with EU institutions and NGOs, volunteering at the UTTLOB can be a stepping stone in EU environment.”