Armando Bode is 21 years old, holding a LLB with special interest in International Law. Studies at the University of Tirana and at the same time practices law in an legal office whilst volunteering in a NGO working with Roma Community mostly in the fields of Human Rights and Social Inclusion. Lately can be called a MUN addicted since he's attending various simulations all over Europe.
MUNPlanet: Dear Armando, as we do this interview at OYW Ambassador Caucus at EXIT Festival that MUNPlanet organizes as a media partner, what can you tell us about your own initiatives and projects you are currently involved in? We heard that there is a growing Model UN community in Albania?
Armando: Actually, it is one of my tasks for the future months. I am working to create MUN society or club in my University because MUNs are not that known with students and I really want to share my experiences with them and to help them see different fields and explore their leadership skills in this area. I got into this world very late, this March and I have been attended Model UNs every month. Interestingly, I started to feel more fulfilled by these kinds of conferences and simulations rather than by my studies. I’ve been working with my friends who also have some Model United Nations experience and during this conference i.e. Caucus in Serbia I have some support from MUNPlanet team and it is great news for me as they offered all their assistance so I think things are really going great for me.
MUNPlanet: You have completed your Bachelor degree in Law. Apart from building Model UN community, which will develop your professional expertise what are your career goals and future plans?
Armando: I am really interested in public international Law. I believe that it is a great achievement to work for an international organization such as European Union or United Nations. When you look back at the history you can see how these organizations influenced the international community and what they have done. I believe this approach is the solution we can have in order to make an impact in a globalized world. I would like to work in these organizations in the future and my current activities can bring me to that.
MUNPlanet: During OYW Caucus at EXIT Festival which started on July 8 you had the opportunity to interact with OYW Ambassadors. What are your views and would you like to participate in the program?
Armando: Actually I did not know about OYW before. It was during this conference that I took some information and I did some research and I saw what their concepts and principles are. I met great people from different parts of the world; I would mention especially friends from South Africa and Tajikistan and the other ones who are very inspiring for me.I really feel inspired by this international community and what people are doing. I would like to be more involved in One Young World; I am not sure yet how but I look forward to the upcoming collaboration opportunities. I would be in touch with Borana, one of One Young World Ambassadors and we will see how it works. During this Caucus, even these first two days, I am really surprised and so happy by what we did so far. For example, I really enjoyed the workshop which we completed and the possibility to meet all professors and all professionals and to talk with them in equal positions. I really like the format of a round table when you can hear their opinions, especially the personal ones rather than the politically correct speeches.
MUNPlanet: We heard the panels you mentioned at Tesla Global Forum and this is only one of the multitude of events you will experience during OYW Ambassador Caucus at EXIT Festival thanks to One Young World support and because you are the guest of EXIT Festival and MUNPlanet. What are your experiences of EXIT Festival so far? You see the energy; you are here for the first time…
Armando: This is the first time that I came to Serbia for EXIT Festival; I am not fond of big parties as I am more the study guy who likes books (laugh). But you cannot avoid being part of it, it is impossible to stay outside. I was thinking, ‘‘I am coming to Novi Sad and Serbia for the conference. And actually, it would be the conference during the day, and concerts and parties during the night. Last night it was such a great atmosphere and at the same time I feel safe here. It is NOT like, ‘‘There is a lot of things going on and you should be afraid of something.’’ The security as much as I have seen is really doing an amazing job and I hope it will be the same in the upcoming days. I really love Novi Sad, its great atmosphere, architecture, and the great attitude of people who will be eager to help you even if they do not speak English.
MUNPlanet: My last question is connected to EXIT festival’s strategic goals over next several years. Some of them are: regional cooperation, helping young people to brand their projects, branding destinations and entrepreneurship especially in creative industries. In what ways you as someone who was part of EXIT Festival can use this platform; for example in order to promote your Model UN or other initiatives, especially the regional cooperation part?
First of all, I see it in terms of my own personal development. I am getting excellent experience here in all the fields you mentioned; I can really learn more how to evaluate the things that I am doing. Secondly, through creating these kinds of networks and relations with the professional teams from MUNPlanet and EXIT Festival you can promote all your initiatives very easily. Social media is one of the easiest ways to share what you do. As I said before, I would be in touch with MUNPlanet to promote my own MUN club and to try to get in touch with ELSA in Serbia to start working together. I would like to promote EXIT Festival from next year in Albania, as I see it is not well known there, unfortunately. And I would be very happy to help with this EXIT promotion first in the circle of my friends and then with other contacts I have. I enjoyed networking a lot and the possibility to meet people and see their position, learn from their experiences and ‘‘steal’’ some things and develop yourself.
MUNPlanet: Armando, thank you for your time and all the best in your work.
Armando:My pleasure. And Milena, I really need to thank you in person as you are doing amazing job and actually I would not think you would be so passionate and patient and not losing your mind with all these young people as it can be difficult to manage.
MUNPlanet: Thanks once again.