I am a citizen of Ukraine Kostia D., a graduate of the language school and a participant of the Foundation AK charity programme. I want to tell you my story that has completely changed my life.
My life changed one day in August 2017. I was on holiday with my parents by the Black Sea after a difficult period in my life (graduating from secondary school and admission to the university). I was sure that I had all the hardest gone, so I did not expect any changes.
Suddenly my mother showed me an interesting internet advertisement. The advertisement included information that the AK charity foundation is looking for two students who want to get higher education in the EU country - in Slovakia, but they cannot afford it themselves because they come from socially disadvantaged families (orphans, large families, families of migrants, etc.). These families do not have the opportunity to afford to study abroad. However, in order to get to the Slovak university and study free of charge, the necessary condition is the knowledge of the state language (Slovak). That is why AK foundation offers a free of charge course in the Slovak language with the duration of 1 school year (10 months) and guarantees acceptance. In addition, it offers financial support in the form of a scholarship that covers all expenses during school attendance (public transport, accommodation and meals).
At first glance, it seemed to me as something incredible, I could not believe it. The emotions have overtaken me. Before that, I could not even think that I would ever have the opportunity to travel abroad. Without hesitation, we called the phone number and learned all about the opportunity. We then sent copies of the documents they needed to make a choice among those who wanted to try it. When I found out about the procedure of choice, I doubted my own abilities, and I did not believe in the chance to realise my dream. However, my desire to get to know the world, the new nations, their customs and traditions, to learn a foreign language and, above all, to get European quality education - they convinced me. After all, the members of the commission believed in me, and they gave me the opportunity to experience everything I dreamed of for so long.
The next day a new life began for me, and my new friends – AK foundation, the director and teachers of the language school iCan - helped me a lot.
I could feel their help and care in everything: my trip from Ukraine to Slovakia, preparation of various documents, emotional support and much more. After arriving in Slovakia, Bratislava, I met good, nice and smiling people, who immediately helped me to understand that I was not alone here, and they would help me in any way if I have any problems with something.
Since then we have been doing everything together: registration of applications at universities, preparing for exams, watching Slovak films, talking about different topics at the time, being acquainted with Slovak law, also making trips and playing games. The life they gave me has been fantastic.
Thanks to these people, I learned a lot about the new country, its people, customs, traditions, and I am especially happy that they accepted me at the university. Now I am really looking forward to starting a new stage in my new life. Next year I will be a student at Comenius University in Bratislava.
I would like to thank very much everyone who believed me and supported me for a whole year: AK foundation and its director personally, the director of the language school iCan and my teachers. You are perfect people. Thank you for the chance to be with you!