Today we introduce to you Yana Isaeva, born January 25th, 1992, in Bulgaria. She is a Politologist.
Q1: How did you become part of the Rotarian family?
A: I became part of the Rotarian family 10 years ago as a member of the local Interact club. Back then I was a president of the town’s student council. A friend of mine, who knew me very well and also knew that I am interested in contributing to the community, told me about Rotary and suggested me to visit a meeting as a guest. Of course, once I attended (it was a love from a first sight), I never left. My friend, who became my sponsor, later on told me, he saw the leader in me and he was sure I will develop that skill in the Rotarian family. Quickly after Interact I became a Rotaract member and through the years I was on all board positions including President in 2015/2016. Looking back now, I can say that I met his expectations.
Q2: Tell us about your first experience with Rotaract Global Model United Nations!
A: It was a hot summer in Bulgaria back in 2016, when Rotaract Global Model United Nations was held in Sofia. My Rotaract club of Sofia-Serdika was the host club and one of our members and good friend of mine was the Director of the edition. To be honest, I became part of the organizing team at the last minute, but the 6 days that followed turned my perspective of life to 180 degrees! Very intense schedule, no sleep for 144 hours and friendships that last forever pretty much sums it up. A life event to remember!
Q3: What is your reason for volunteering?
A: Volunteering provides us with a unique, non-routine way to apply our skills for the benefit of others or society at large. Through volunteering I became a meaningful part of the world. There is no other energy in the world as the one we gain by sharing our love and caring for others.
Q4: What impact does Rotary or Rotaract have on you?
A: Honestly, now when I think of it, I can’t imagine my life without Rotary. My world would be empty. All the friendships from all around the world; all places I have visited with Rotary; all the people I have helped in the years; all the personal development I have reached through Rotary… if all that is gone, then I will be gone too.
Q5: Tell us a quote that inspires you!
A: “When we are serving others, we are building ourselves.” – Harry H. Rogers, Rotary Club of San Antonio, Texas, 1927
Every week we will highlight one of our members, tell you their stories of how they got started with Rotary, what motivate them and more, so you can get to know them in person.
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