A great experience in international cooperation

We interviewed Barbara Elia, head of the financial department of ALDA - European Association for Local Democracy. • What does your association do? What is your mission? ALDA is a non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting good governance and citizen participation at a local level. It therefore focuses on activities that facilitate cooperation between local authorities and civil society. It has been active in the European Union and in neighboring countries since 1999, coordinating 14 Local Democracy Agencies (born in the Balkans [...]

Maria De Toni: the excellence of Italian handcrafted jewellery

We interviewed Maria Loretta De Toni, "jewellery stylist", founder and president of Maria De Toni S.r.l., a goldsmith company based in Sandrigo (VI). • What does your company do? Our company deals with the design and production of gold jewelry in the different carats, which we then export internationally. • What are your strengths? We certainly excel in the quality of the product we offer: our jewels characterized by workmanship with exclusive handmade finishes and enriched with semi-precious stones. Specifically, the Maria De [...]

Julia Kracht from the municipality of Bonn (Germany) trained in Vicenza

"The European internship was awesome. I had the chance to see how different a city administration abroad is organized. If you are interested to do an internship, I can only recommend staying in a host family. By doing so, I could get to know the cultural differences and the Italian cultural mentality. This stay was a success for me both personal and professional."

Apprentice Sabrina Meschede worked in city administration in Vicenza

„For me it was very important to get to know a city administration abroad and to compare it with Bonn’s city administration. Furthermore, I hoped to make many personal experiences. All of this happened: I have only done positive experiences both human and vocational. I had the opportunity to improve my intercultural and my language skills, to cope personal challenges and to learn for my personal life and my job. I got to know many fantastic persons who showed [...]