Diana-Adela Ionita

Connect Program Fellow Fall 2020; 1YC Fellow Summer 2020; Senior Facilitator

Country of origin: Romania

Date started with Soliya: 2018

Education and field of work: I'm a storyteller and youth worker who designs innovative educational opportunities for lifelong learners. I have a background in communications (BA and MA) and complementary training in advanced facilitation, psycho-pedagogy, global education, education for development, negotiation, conflict management, and interfaith conflict resolution.

One accomplishment you're proud of: I am proud of and grateful for each volunteering opportunity I had. As a United Nations Volunteer, I contributed to the improvement of the availability of information on rights and the participation of community stakeholders, in particular the disadvantaged. I mention this here not only because I was nominated for the "UNV Online Volunteering Award 2011" but also because the opportunity to work online in an intercultural environment made me aware of the potential of new media tools and education and was one of the reasons I got involved in virtual exchange facilitation. 

What about Soliya inspires/motivates you to be involved? Seeing youth discuss challenging issues and being curious about different perspectives. I believe that Soliya motivates us to take chances and make choices every single day for building a better world and growing the best versions of ourselves.

What can you be found doing when not working/facilitating/training? Reading a book between flights; discovering new meanings in a museum, theatre, or concert hall; finding out different stories from locals by talking over a cup of tea or coffee; writing; or playing with my dog. 

Favorite food: I love to try different cuisines while travelling. I've been amazed by the Japanese sushi, the Portuguese pasteis de nata, and a beer soup I've eaten in Wien. Each place has its flavours and I find that wonderful.