Interview by: Dimitar Chatleski
Edited by: Ana Alibegova

Petar Jankuloski from Prilep, Macedonia is not just an ordinary student at the Department of Translation and Interpreting at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. Last year, he had an amazing opportunity to be selected as one of the 100 participants at the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) and Education First (EF) Summer School in Tarrytown, New York. After having participated at various youth events, conferences, as well as at the Work and Travel Program, Petar decided to take the challenge and applied for this unique event. In the following lines, he gives you tips and tricks on how to make your application better and explains what he learned during that seven days in the United States.

M!: Peter, you are a student at the Faculty of Philology in Skopje and as you say, you are not directly connected to the world of politics. Where does the interest in the work of United Nation come from?

Petar: Being born and raised in the Balkans, a multicultural and multiethnic region which is so diverse and complex in its essence is a reason for itself, wouldn’t you agree? I think the Balkans are a perfect example (both positive and negative) of what the UN stands for. However, the UN is not only about high-level politics, vetoes and wars but about youth empowerment, dialogue, cross-cultural communication, enhancement of negotiation skills and implementation of cooperative action on international level as well. My everyday life is intersected with situations where negotiation, dialogue and respect are an essential part of living. I had found myself in the values and goals the summer school supports and I filled in the application form.

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