In March 2022 I was still sitting in my hometown in Ukraine, listening to the constant sound of air alarms and not knowing what to do with my life. At some point, I had to decide, and I chose to come to Denmark in search of a safer life.
It was an Aid Ukraine Denmark volunteer bus that brought me from Warsaw to Copenhagen – the place I settled in is my second home now. I was so satisfied with the support and help that I received from volunteers, that I decided to become a volunteer myself a month after I arrived in Denmark. I felt that some Ukrainians had much worse situations than I did, and I knew that I have enough time and emotional strength to help them. My language skills became my most important tool, therefore I started to assist Aid Ukraine Denmark with translations.
In the meantime, I had to deal with the same challenges as all Ukrainians — looking for a job, a place to live, and friends. Basically, building my life from scratch in a completely new society. I think everything worked out well for me – I got a job that I love, and I also went through a very exciting internship at Copenhagen Fashion Week. I am the only Ukrainian that ever worked there, and I’m proud to share my culture with my new colleagues and friends.
I am still focused on volunteering and helping Ukrainians in Denmark as much as my free time allows me. I believe that during this war everybody needs to find their place to fight for democracy and freedom, and I’m extremely happy that I found mine.