“There is no doubt that music connects people and societies.
I cherish the similarities and the differences in both societies and have
always believed that we can further develop our shared culture by making music together. This project was the perfect way to do that.”
“Since the day we met, I knew that I found a friendship that
I didn’t have with any of my friends until now. Then, we found ourselves in the
“Time is Ripe” project and the “United by Sound” together. The vocal and video
recording process was extremely enjoyable. Even though each of us recorded
their parts separately, I still felt part of a team. The energy of people who
work for this cause is unbelievable. The song really stands up for love and
friendship between Cypriots, and without any prejudices. I hope for better
experience at the Home for Cooperation has not only been a work experience; it
has been a process of discovering the hope for peace that the societies of
Cyprus grow together. I have observed how the people from different backgrounds
and believes can work unitedly in harmony for the same purpose; for peace. Now, the Home for Cooperation is a home for me where I feel that “I am not the
Suzan Kisaoglu INTERN | CYPRUS | 2020
"I really enjoy the supportive, community environment created by the Home for Cooperation team. While interning for the Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival, it is truly inspiring to read about all
the participating artists and how they have thrived working on their
performances/installations, despite the pandemic. As I am a recent Drama
graduate, it is especially important for me to expand my performative knowledge and creativity by learning about the wide range of innovative festival ideas concocted by each artist!"
Mary SpyrouINTERN | CYPRUS | 2020
"I collaborated with
Home for Cooperation as an intern under strange circumstances, due to Covid-19.
Even though the conditions were difficult, they confronted the pandemic with
professionalism and did not interrupt their services and effort to unite
people. I was touched by the friendly and cosy atmosphere which reigned among
the staff. Home for Cooperation is located in the heart of Nicosia old town,
and therefore represents the core of hope for a better future."
Antonis KaravalisINTERN | CYPRUS | 2020
"I am grateful for all the beautiful persons I
have met at the Home for Cooperation in these few months and happy to have been
part of it, even for a brief period of time. An inspiring environment where
people are engaged in doing things that matter. Cyprus, it seems, is still
breathing after all."
Stavros KouroufexisINTERN | CYPRUS | 2020
"During my internship experience, I had the opportunity to learn more about our island's problem and how we can act upon solving it. I got to meet lots of interesting people and created meaningful relationships that will last longer than this 3-month period."
Constantinos PatsalidesINTERN | CYPRUS | 2020
"My internship at the Home for Cooperation it was a great experience! The main point for me, it was that there are factors in “cypriot problem” whose voice can not be listened. And if we could listen to these (common) people we could co-exist peacefully, even after all these years without walls."
Constantinos TsioumelasINTERN | GREECE | 2019
at the H4C was eye-opening and educational. I was a front-desk intern, I
learned how to represent an organization in the best way possible through the
position I worked in. This position taught me how to communicate with people,
employers, and visitors, in a professional way. Also, it was wonderful to work
in a place that promotes peace, understanding, and tolerance in Cyprus. The
Home for Cooperation is an example of peace and tolerance which helps you to
understand that the solution to any conflict in this world, whether it is
political or personal, is peace, tolerance, and acceptance. In my point of
view, the Home for Cooperation should be an example for each and every country
that faces conflict with another."
Reema Aburamadan INTERN | PALESTINE | 2019
"When you think
of a buffer zone, what comes to mind? Hostility, division, a wariness of ‘the other’? At the Home for Cooperation in Nicosia, Cyprus
the complete opposite is found. A real home where people feel secure and free. Having researched the Cyprus dispute during my studies, it was an honour to be part of this peace initiative which works at a grassroots level. One of the
many memories I shall cherish was the salsa dancing evening. Twirling under the
stars in the buffer zone brought members from across the divide, creating
meaningful memories allowing people to express themselves, reunite and
reconcile. The ambiance at the home is warm, welcoming and professional as it makes the first steps towards lasting peace."
Lily Zandstra INTERN | The Netherlands | 2019
"The Buffer Zone growing up was an unapproachable
space, you couldn't grasp what it really was. You could not enter it was a
prohibited zone. Working for a few months within that space changes your idea
of its possibilities. The Home for Cooperation is the reason, the people who
work there reinvent this divide daily into a space of contact and creativity.
It was very exciting being part of that team for a while and working
specifically for the Buffer Fringe Performing Arts Festival, I feel that I
gained valuable life experience and knowledge and I am very grateful for the opportunity and the people I met."
Anna Damaskinou INTERN | CYPRUS | 2019
"It’s been an
interesting insight working with home for cooperation and EDIC. Home as the
name goes is truly a replica of what it’s called. Great people all round, a
favorable working and leaning abode. When one’s dedication and efforts are
recognized by all and inspired to do more, it is truly a home. When you
envision the life you want and the people in and around it makes it easier for
you through its process. All projects worked on have indeed been educative and
captivating. This has been an experience and a time worth it. I am grateful to
Ruth Amanwa Bekoe INTERN | Chana | 2019
"Working as a trainee at the H4C was an amazing
experience. The Home actually feels like a real home - in the middle of the
Buffer Zone. The atmoshpere is so friendly that it becomes really easy to genuinely
feel part of the H4C family. The team members are awsome, inspiring and
dedicated people. As a trainee, my missions were so diverse and interesting
that I was able to develop new skills I didn't imagine I would learn before
coming. It was also good to be able to participate in current projects, suggest
new ideas, be useful to the team and the Home's great cause."
Thomas GriffetINTERN | Belgium | 2018-2019
"My internship at the Home for Cooperation showed me a peace project like I have never seen
before. I loved the atmosphere at the place and how everyone wanted to work on a solution to the
Cyprus problem. Being from former divided Germany I also got a new perspective on the history of
my own country. I would recommend visiting the Home to everyone who wants to see how people
from both sides come together, overcoming stereotypes and prejudices."
Lotta Borkhardt Intern | Germany | 2022
"When I started working at H4C, I didn’t really know what to expect because everything was new for me. However, I got easily used to my new tasks due to the patience and the kindness of my amazing H4C colleagues. I got to learn how does an NGO work and insights about peacebuilding processes. In the end, I can only say that it was a privilege to learn around my incredible coworkers and an enriching experience working at H4C."
Amadou MaigaIntern | Belgium | 2021 - 2022
"Being a student of international cooperation doing my internship at H4C was a privilege and I consider it "the cherry on the cake" of my academic path. I was aware of the important role that they had during the past in such a contested area and I was glad to contribute as well to their peacekeeping and cultural rights' promotion activities. All the staff supported and guided me in the various tasks in a stimulating and comfortable environment, always open to comparison and dialogue."
Giulia LandolinaIntern | Italy | 2022
"For 2 months I had the pleasure of doing the Erasmus programme with Home for Cooperation in Nicosia, Cyprus. Working in the buffer zone was a highly enlightening experience and I really felt like I got such a unique insight, not only into the present life of the city but also the country's history and how it related to the present. Working with colleagues from both the south and the north, I got to see how they really care about working together in order to promote peace.
I learned a lot of skills relating to administration, event planning, interacting with lots of interesting clients from different places and even got to help with the Buffer Fringe Festival which was definitely a highlight!
All in all I was overwhelmed with the kindness of everyone at Home for Cooperation and I fell in love with the Cypriot culture, way of life and of course - the food! I would highly recommend spending time here with lovely people and helping towards making a difference for the better in this special place."
Helena Crawshayintern | UK | 2022
Home for Cooperation acts as a bridge-builder bringing people together to share, exchange, and create new memories and experiences, through its physical presence and its peacebuilding programs, benefiting from the transformative power of arts and culture.