Hi my name is Selcen Taşlıyan, I was born in Coventry city of England and I lived in England until the age of 3 but I don't remember much because I was just a baby. I lived my whole life in Turkey.
I want to talk a little bit about myself. I am 23 years old and graduated from gastronomy and culinary arts. I love to see different cities and countries, I have visited a lot of the city in Turkey, I've been in Portugal for a student exchange project and in the UK for a language course to learn better English.
I think I can say that "there were more Turkish people in England than English people" because there in Cambridge were many language courses and most of the students were Turkish. The Portuguese people were as hospitable as the Turkish people. I enjoy participating in volunteering projects because I am happy to help people and animals.
When I was a student, I established a volunteer community at my own university and worked as a project coordinator and general coordinator in some local communities, I developed many projects. The name of one of these communities was Alanya Toplum Gönüllüleri Vakfı (TOG) it means Alanya Community Volunteers Foundation. The projects I've been in are; Sen İste Yeter, Sign Language Workshop, Runatolia, key training.
Apart from these, I am interested in Latin dances like salsa and bachata. I learned how to play the piano, I work in areas that will improve myself and I receive training from certificate programs. I’m always trying to improve myself, especially in the kitchen because I like to cook, try different dishes and taste them.
My reason for applying for an ESC project with ICDET was to expand my experience in volunteering in other countries. Here I want to improve myself and contribute to the people around me. I'm here to learn more about volunteering, learn about people's cultures and meet new people and maybe write my own volunteer project in the future.
I hope I can make a good impression on everyone here. With the hope of collecting good memories.
Selcen Taşlıyan, volunteer@ICDET