What I have learnt since my first trip, is that our own inner journey can be as powerful as an outer. That we all have a possibility to travel within ourselves and bring out the best of us.
Bilateral Associate Expert in Tanzania
In September 2015 I started one of the most fantastic work and life experiences so far in my life. I was employed as a Bilateral Associate Expert for the Swedish Development Agency based in Tanzania. I was based in Restless Development, a youth-focused organisation working with youth leadership, focusing on Leadership, Sexual Rights, Livelihoods, and Civic Participation. In the organisation, I supported both colleagues and young volunteers to build inner leadership through training and various forms of coaching.
Consultant with international focus
Simultaneously during my Master degree, I was a consultant for a number of international conferences mainly organized by the Swedish Agency for Civil Society and Youth. The biggest conference I was the project lead of was Towards Collaborative Factor which brought together social entrepreneurs from a number of European countries.
Local civil society engagement
In 2006-2008, I continued to combine internationally focused studies at Malmö and Lund University with volunteering in Sweden. I was one of the co-founders of Malmö United Nations Association's Student Department and I was also active as leader in a number of European Youth in Action youth development projects. I also spent one exchange semester at La Trobe University in Australia.
And the first 18 years.
My first turning point in life happened when I attended the Youth in Action (now Erasmus+) international youth exchange Qualitative Rural Reality in my own neighborhood. During the exchange I created new friendships both in Europe and Middle East and instead of heading the final year's dance I travelled to Jordan for a month.
Before that, I spent most of my time in the stable and around horses in a small countryside town amongst high trees and green meadows in Sweden. I learnt the importance of heading out even when it is raining and also learnt how to be a bit stubborn from my horse named Buz!
My path in the area of personal growth
My interest for personal growth started as a teenager when I, as so many others, had a few challenges of fitting in and finding confidence in myself as a person. Through my engagement in various international projects, most recent as a Bilateral Associate Expert in Tanzania, I came to develop a strong interest in personal and mental growth processes, which lead to that I'm now a certified coach and hypnosis coach.
I'm running my own business with the mission of helping others to do good and feel good. Until now, I helped more than 50 clients to take steps towards their goal and remove inner leadership blockages.
I believe in a sustainable and equal world and I find it important to live in coherence to my own values; keep growing, and make what I can to contribute to the greater good.
Field studies and social projects on the border of Syria
In year 2015 I graduated from the Master Program International Development and Management at Lund University. Within the program, I conducted a field research in the Syrian refugee camps of east Lebanon. In the same time span, I also managed to fundraise more than 3000 USD. It was then used to buy winter hats and gloves for the children in the camp.
In the United Nations Association
In year 2010, as a result of my engagement in the local United Nations Association in Malmö, I became employed as a youth officer in the National United Nations Association in Stockholm. It was an opportunity to support a number of engaged young people to grow their own engagement for global issues.
2 powerful projects
In year 2010-2011 I was the Swedish project leader and co-initiator of the European Commission funded project R.E.S.P.E.C.T. It brought together young girls affected by honour violence in Sweden with a group of young people from the organisation loveLifeGeneration in London. Together we had a total of 2 powerful weeks talking about human rights and personal development and the project was later awarded as the Best Youth Exchange Project of the year by the Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society.
European Volunteer Service in Egypt
In 2009, I did a 9 months long European Volunteer Service in Egypt just before the revolution started. Living in Alexandria at the coast, I learnt a number of things from how to cross a few crazy highways to the local hand signs of catching minibuses. I also started to learn Colloquial Arabic. more intensively during this period.