If National Platform one day would decide to limit National Board to one person it would be this position remaining. Position taken by the same lady two years in a row. She has seen, done and experience a lot during these years – from the presentation of her candidacy online to becoming the president of ESN Lithuania, reviving ties with Education Exchanges Support Foundation, organizing Mentors’ Days 2012 and establishing ESN in Lithuania as an official organization. What does it take for Gintarė Vaiginytė to keep organization moving and what does it mean to be responsible for the great part of that? Let’s hear Gintarė answering to all of these questions.
Hello, Ms. President! How does it feel to know that it is your last month as a head of ESN Lithuania at least for now?
I have never thought about that before. Hmmm. I am happy, I got a lot and I gave a lot to ESN in Lithuania. I am sad at the same time too, it`s hard to leave the “family” and it`s doesn’t matter how many hard, complicated moments I had. I feel like a student during the last night before an exam. I know that I did as much as I could, but at the same time I had a feeling that something is still not perfect enough. Maybe my mark will be the best at the end.
Are you planning to stay in ESN for longer? What do you think about our ESN LT Alumni network and former members joining it? Are you planning to become one of them?
At this moment I don’t have any plans with ESN, but I don’t what God plans for me. As my friend from Czech Republic repeated me all the time: never say never.
Well, my opinion about ESN LT Alumni… The idea is sweet and I wish all the best for this project. As I said, at this moment I don’t have any plans with ESN, but I don`t know about tomorrow.
What thing within two recent years as ESN Lithuania’s president you are mostly proud of?
I am proud of my colleagues. Without all of them, anything would never have happened. I am proud of how big and strong ESN Lithuania grew up in general. I am proud of ESN LT being a lead by many aspects for the other ESN countries or sections.
How does it feel to take your position? What features should have perfect president?
For the first second it feels just awesome, for the next second OMG! What have I done? And for all the rest of years – come to this position and you will see how many feelings at the same time it gives.
The perfect president: The leader by nature. Complete extrovert. The realist and of course a friendly person.
Has the time in the National Board helped you to improve personally? How much?
Absolutely YES. It did a lot.
How would you describe typical ESNer?
Look at yourself, are you typical ESNer? It`s impossible to describe, for ex. I could ask you to describe typical human being, could you? Of course no, human could be a girl or a boy, with long hair or bold and so on… It`s impossible to do it, everyone is the one and the only. Being a Volunteer – only one unifying feature of all of them, this is a typical ESNer for me.
How you would improve that image? What ESN Lithuania you would love to see in the future?
You should ask the new ESN LT President. All answers coming in the future.
What are things you would love to do if you would start ESN career from the very beginning? Is there something what every ESNer should seek to try?
I did or even I tried to do everything what I have planned in the beginning. Every ESNer should go for Erasmus studies and internship.
Maybe some more thoughts left?
Thank you very much to my board: Sandrai, Kristinai, Sandrutei, Simui, Simonai, Vydūnui, Laurynui, sections, Augustei, Orintai, Vytenui ir Justinui, Ievai, Giedrei and VGTU URD.
Thank you very much!
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