50 guests from 10 countries – from Denmark, the Netherlands, Japan, Romania, Serbia, Italy, France, Russia, Kazakhstan, Germany - worked without compensation.

Over a thousand volunteers from Plovdiv participated in the opening of Plovdiv - European
Capital of Culture 2019. Over 50 people from 10 countries joined them, who donated their
personal time to the cause. Guests from Denmark, the Netherlands, Japan, Romania, Serbia, Italy, France, Russia, Kazakhstan and Germany arrived in the city under the hills. They joined the organization of the events during the three days in which Plovdiv officially launched the European Capital of Culture.

Some of the volunteers started working a month earlier during the preparations for the event. The volunteers have been actively involved since January 10, and thanks to them the first photo and video materials were distributed, as well as advertising brochures. Many of them were involved in organizing the backstage activities for the opening show 'We are all colors'. Residents of Sofia joined in welcoming the guests who had chosen to travel by plane to Sofia Airport.

6-year-old Amelia Nikolova is the youngest member of the large family of volunteers of the Plovdiv 2019 Foundation. One of the oldest and at the same time the most active assistants was 72-year-old Dimitar Toskov. The oldest in the ranks for the opening weekend was a lady from the group of Danish volunteers. Many international students from the Medical University under the hills and those who are on an Erasmus exchange have also signed up as volunteers.

Plovdiv 2019 Foundation especially thanks everyone who took the time and energy to help us be

The volunteer programme of Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture is year-round and anyone can
become part of it HERE.

We share some of their impressions:

Boyana Kostadinova
'I was really excited because I was hoping to learn more about people and how to help them. I
knew I would meet at least someone else who wanted to make a difference without anyone else
making him do something. And indeed, I saw that there are as many people willing to devote
time and energy in the name of others to a cause as I never thought I would meet. I understand
that it doesn't matter what you do. It is important to know why you are doing this. Knowing that
every little help is worth it, that every kind word is remembered, and that being dedicated and
ready to respond is difficult and terribly priceless. I learned that there are other people who care.
Also people who do not care what will happen with Plovdiv, with Bulgaria. There were obstacles
and difficult situations, but I feel terribly motivated to move on and help. Together with everyone
else who wants change, but not only complains, and is ready to act!'

Radi Kanev
'For me personally, the day and the things that happened during it will leave a great mark in my
life. Throughout the day, I enjoyed people who came especially for the opening. Yes, not
everyone will say this, there will always be people who are not happy with absolutely anything,
but for us volunteers, who put in hard work and love, we gave for every task, because we do not
do it for ourselves, but for the city where we live in and for the people in it!!!'



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