TEACH FOR BULGARIA CLASS OF 2018-2020: SOFIA, MARIA, AND YOAN

This year’s recruitment campaign ends on April 10. Some of the first successful candidates have already started their preliminary training and are getting ready to start teaching in September of 2018. They will also go through an intensive Summer Institute with both theoretical and practical modules.

We are presenting three participants from the latest Teach For Bulgaria class of 2018-2020. If you would like to join them and empower students to develop their potential and become successful, you can still apply at apply.zaednovchas.bg by April 10.

SOFIA STEFANOVA: I BELIEVE THAT BULGARIA’S BRIGHT FUTURE CAN’T HAPPEN IF YOUNG PEOPLE CHOOSE TERMINALS 1 AND 2

Sofia is 27, with a bachelor’s in Economics of National Security from the University of National and World Economy

If you had to introduce yourself in one sentence, what would you say?

I want, I can, I do.

Why did you decide to apply to be a Teach For Bulgaria participant?

I applied because I want to live in a more developed country than what Bulgaria is right now. A country where all children know they are valued and loved, where all children get to be children and don’t have to beg for money or worry about not having anything to eat for dinner. And when these children grow up they should lead the lives they have chosen for themselves, they should be able to have good jobs and contribute to society not be dependent on welfare because they have been given no other option. I believe that Bulgaria cannot develop, if people choose a way out through terminals 1 and 2. I believe that the more developed country I envision could be Bulgaria in the near future. The first step to take us there would be accepting that we should be working to improve the things we don’t like instead of complaining about them. I met people who share my vision at Teach For Bulgaria, people who not only dream about a positive change but work hard to achieve it, and most of all, people with big hearts.

What do you expect from these two years as a teacher?

I know I’ll face many challenges, I’ll have to learn something new every day, and I’ll have to work hard, but I know that this is something I want and something I can do. The cause is worth it and what is more, I have the support of the wonderful, enthusiastic, and professional team of Teach For Bulgaria and our partner organizations.

What kind of education do students need to be successful and happy?

Education which strives to develop children’s virtues alongside their knowledge. Education which teaches you to believe in yourself and respect others.

MARIA ATANASOVA: I WANTED TO FIND A MEANINGFUL CAUSE IN WHICH TO INVEST ALL OF MY ENERGY

Maria is 31, with a bachelor’s in Molecular Biology from Sofia University

Ако трябва да се представиш в едно изречение, какво би било то?

If you had to introduce yourself in one sentence, what would you say?

I love changes and challenges, I love feeling useful and I never stop following my dreams.

Why did you decide to apply to be a Teach For Bulgaria participant?

I wanted to find a cause which would bring me inspiration and feel rewarding; a meaningful cause in which to invest all of my energy and feel tired but in a good way. Submitting my application came naturally after I became a mentor in the School Miracles project where I met wonderful children and teachers who inspired me.

What do you expect from these two years as a teacher?

I expect two incredible years full of challenges, powerful emotions, and many new friendships with like-minded people.

What kind of education do students need to be successful and happy?

To be successful and happy students need high-quality education and support as they develop practical skills applicable beyond the classroom.

IOAN ILIEV: STUDENTS NEED EDUCATION WHICH WOULD BE USEFUL IN REAL LIFE

Ioan is 22, with a bachelor’s in Sociology from Sofia University

If you had to introduce yourself in one sentence, what would you say?

I’m a responsible and ambitious young man with a positive outlook on life.

Why did you decide to apply to be a Teach For Bulgaria participant?

I think being part of Teach For Bulgaria would allow me to be useful both to myself and to society.

What do you expect from these two years as a teacher?

I expect to be useful to my students. I believe I’ll be able to motivate them to grow and perceive school not as another piece of the puzzle of their gray daily grind but as an institution which could be beneficial to them.

What kind of education do students need to be successful and happy?

They need adequate education which would be useful in real life.