Gea Koduzi, Intern at the Public Affairs Section
Where were you born?
I was born in Tirana, Albania.
What do you like most about interning at the Embassy?
What I like most about interning at the Embassy is the willingness of my colleges to involve me in their daily duties, to teach me through their experience and to further motivate and help me to develop professionally. These qualities make it stimulating and warm working environment. Moreover, it is a great honor to work on such inspiring educational, cultural and social programs whose contribution its enormous!
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
The words “thank you” and “have a nice day” are the words that accompany me throughout the day with every person I interact with. I believe in the quote, “At the end of the day gratitude is currency that we can mint for ourselves and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” Fred De Witt Van Amburgh
Which talent would you most like to have?
Every talent it’s worthless unless we put in the effort to develop it and use in a meaningful way. So rather than expressing a desire for a talent, I hope that my critical thinking ability, communication skills and ability to cooperate will further improve as they are fundamental in every working environment.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Outdoor Ambassador Albania organization holds a special place in my heart. Its development from a really small organization to an active volunteer youth organization, its continuity and spread to other cities in Albania, with the enormous help from the participants and other organization, make me so proud to have served as President of the club at its inception.
What is your most marked characteristic?
Since a child I would always act “rebellious” in every situation that I would see that someone was being unfairly treated. All I wish for is for everyone to be seen as equals, to have equal opportunities, and equal respect. Due to this, one of the main pieces of advice I get from family and friends is that it’s impossible for me to fix every wrong doing. However, on the other side, I think that this part of my character has pushed my ambition and hard work to develop professionally, and to hopefully address and contribute to issues such as the establishment of the meritocracy both in the education and work environments, as well as help the underprivileged people of our society. Outdoor Ambassadors launched me on this path that I hope to continue and develop.
What do you most value in your friends?
Sincerity. I believe that you can’t build a conversation, to say nothing of a friendship, unless there is sincerity from both parties. As for the rest of the characteristics, it’s in fact the uniqueness of people’s characteristics that help me see things from different perspectives and become a better person by learning from their best characteristics and their mistakes as well. It is better to learn from other people’s mistakes rather than experiencing them on your own, don’t you think?
Who are your favorite writers?
I really enjoy historical fiction and autobiographies. One of the main authors that has left a huge impression on me its Khaled Hosseini. The way he treats the horrific situation in the middle east countries, in particular Afghanistan and Pakistan, the female role over there, the way love, respect and understanding, willingness to help the people transcend time, culture and war, left me thinking for a long time about the value of these things in our life.
Who are your heroes in real life?
My dad. The way he turned our life around (me and my family) from a past in which he and my mom struggled economically, through hard work for many years, it’s an inspiration for me in everything that I do. He is the one who has taught me that work is not something to be ashamed off, that if you work hard you can achieve everything, that you should never give up. The trust he and my mom put in me by sending me to one of the best schools in Albania, even though it was nearly to impossible for them to afford it, make me forever grateful to them. And I hope that one day I will repay them by making them proud.
What is it that you most dislike?
When people lack empathy, especially in the sense that sometimes people tend to make fun of other people for a problem they were born with or have to live with, without having a second thought of how their life would be if they were in that person’s situation.