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PEOPLE+ | How ERASMUS+ changed my life

Hello! I am Stilyan Ivanov and I am a translator in the voice over industry which means that I translate the text of movies and documentaries for television and then voice actors read the lines in Bulgarian language. It’s something I wanted to do since I was 14 years old and I got to it during my second year at the university – way much earlier than I had thought.

The actor Daniel Tzochev - the Bulgarian voice of Dr. House

In my free time I usually watch movies and TV series. I am a big Marvel fan and I love seeing the films along with the other fans in the theater. Our mutual reactions change watching the movie into a whole different experience. I also draw portraits of people and sometimes I do commissions, but it is more of a hobby than a way of making money.

True Marvel fans

In early 2015 I learned about the Erasmus+ program by one of my best friends. I’ll never forget that day. I usually sleep until the afternoon, so when my phone rang at around 10 a.m. and woke me up, I was pretty annoyed. The first thing I said in a gruff voice was: “What do you want?” to which he replied with the simple question: “Do you want to go to Greece?”. Then he briefly explained what this Erasmus+ project was about and later the same day I was already in. It was going to be my first time abroad which made everything even more exciting. After that I definitely returned home as an improved version of myself.

Romanian intercultural night

My second one was almost a year later in Poland with the same friend. Back then I relied on him because I thought applying for projects was something hard that included tons of paperwork but when I found out this wasn’t the case, I took matters in my own hands. The coolest part of my job is that it doesn’t require me to go to an office and I can translate movies from anywhere as long as I have my laptop with me. That’s why I try to participate in youth exchanges almost every month. I’ve already been to roughly 20 countries and I’ve met hundreds of people. With many of them we still keep in touch and have met after our projects either in their countries, my country or somewhere around Europe. I’ve even stumbled upon some participants by pure coincidence which only proves that, indeed, the world is small. Or at least Europe is. Not to mention all the amazing things from the past few years – they are more than the ones which happened to me over the course of 20 years!

Lately, I’ve been thinking of getting involved with the Erasmus+ program professionally, which only goes on to prove that my life was changed forever.


by Stilyan Ivanov

Participant in

Study visit "See the reality" in Diyarbakir, Turkey

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