My name is Francesco Lozupone, I’m 25 years old and I come from Rutigliano, a little town near Bari, in Apulia region. I learned about the chance to intern for ICDET within the EU4EU platform and – thanks to my studies, my personal skills and my work experience I think I could carry out this experience at the best.
I graduated in Political Sciences at the University of Bari “Aldo Moro” in November 2018 and now I’m attending a master’s degree course in International Relations and European Union studies, again in Bari.
I spent six months in 2017 as Erasmus Student at the University of Picardie “Jules Verne”in Amiens (France).
I must thank this experience for having made me what I am today: an active, independent, open minded and cosmopolitan guy.
In 2020, I carried out an Erasmus Traineeship at the Economics and Finance’s International Relations office, at the University of Białystok in Poland. It has been one of the biggest challenge of my life. Indeed, due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic, all activities have switched to the Smart Working mode till the end. I decided to stay and finish my traineeship, despite all. I'm very focused on my goals.
In 2019, I’ve been a European volunteer for six months with the association “Info Front-Prilep” in the city of Prilep (North Macedonia). During this project, I organized workshops about European awareness and cultural diversity, promoted Erasmus+ programme and informes about opportunities in Europe.
Furthermore, I provided Italian free language lessons for youngsters with fewer opportunities.
In 2018, I’ve been a volunteer at the municipality of Cellamare (Italy) within the Italian National Civil Service. During this project, I’ve been faced with disadvantaged families. In particular, I worked with children: I helped them with their homeworks and played with them, supporting them to free their creative potential and energies.
I’m firmly convinced that this project could give me the chance to develop my personal, relational and linguistic skills and to improve my expertise as a man. I expect to increase my cultural background, to meet new friends and learn more and more about new cultures, social realities and different people. I’m really happy to live this experience in Sofia because it has always been on my European travel schedule and now I’m ready to discover everything about it and about Bulgaria.
I’ve been abroad many times and I’m used to live far from my home. World is my home: I love the unknown, the adventure of moving to other countries. In my opinion, living abroad is the best option for growing up as a person and as a citizen: that’s why I caught this opportunity and I think that international mobility is crucial, in this period of the European Union history.
Francesco Lozupone, intern@ICDET