Volunteering means friends, skills, knowledge and fun by Boyana Zahova
Meet Boyana Zahova! She is a passionate volunteer and has been engaged in various volunteering initiatives with the PMI Bulgaria Chapter for a few years already. Still her career as a volunteer dates back years ago. She started her volunteering path as part of a youth organization MAR during her student years where she was a camp leader of an international group of 12 participants, delivering a social project for the orphanage in Plovdiv and Vratsa. Boyana experienced the benefits of her volunteering - by giving her time and knowledge she received so much more – new friends, skills, knowledge and gratitude. Moreover the experience even changed her perspective of life and gave her meaningful and purposeful direction for her next endeavors. Boyana continued her volunteering path by serving in different officers’ roles and as a President of the Business Park Toastmasters Club (Toastmasters is a volunteering organization, with focus on leadership and communication development skills). She was inspired by one speech delivered by Boryana Georgieva, PMI VP Educational Development in which Boryana shared her wonderful volunteering experience with PMI and that anyone could engage and become a volunteer for the PMI Bulgaria Chapter.
Due to the high interest in volunteering with PMI Bulgaria Chapter more successful projects followed in 2019. One of them was the Scale Up your Career event where PMI Bulgaria volunteers organized a workshop for 70 participants, who had an interest in pursuing a career in Project Management and another one was the project for organizing the PMI 50th Anniversary Party that celebrated the PMI Bulgaria Chapter 10th Anniversary together with our members and guests from around the world.
Boyana is excited that the Project Management Summit and the Bulgarian Project Management Awards Projects were just kicked off even in this unprecedented situation of a COVID-19 pandemic and that the Chapter will be shortly opening the call for volunteers for the 2020 Mentoring Program to give the opportunity to our members to reach out and connect and expand their project management skills.