Nora Stefanova


I work with people. In every sense. I have worked as a teacher in a primary school, as a youth mentor in various youth organizations, HR consultant and trainer for teams from different companies and other things associated with ... people. Whatever I do, it always involves some non-governmental organizations - in Varna, in Bulgaria, and abroad, especially if there are youngsters around. Do not like being bored. I want to do great and interesting things so that others can not get bored neither.

Nora Stefanova has 10 references for past work as a trainer.

Nora Stefanova

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Current occupation


Work experience


01/11/2011 → present - Youth Trainer for the Bulgarian National Agency managing EU Youth programmes (Erasmus+/previous Youth in Action Agency) – Sofia, Bulgaria
* Providing trainings in accordance with the TCA of the National Agency;
* Working in team within the Pool of Trainers in implementing the training activities of the NA;
* Elaborating & aligning training methodologies, tools and techniques;
* Working with other NAs with the SALTO Training Calendar frame in providing international trainings in the field of youth (Hungarian, Italian, Maltese, Cypriot NAs).

01/03/2007 → present - Member of the Managing Board (2013 – present), Public Environmental Center for Sustainable Development - Varna (Bulgaria)
* Supporting the process of achieving the objectives of projects implemented by the Organisation via PR & marketing approaches;
* Responsible for maintaining and developing key contacts with partners and target groups;
* Disseminating information and organizing information campaigns;
* Supporting the process of administering and reporting project activities;
* Maintaining contacts with partners from other countries and exchanging experience;
* Performing other tasks directly related to the planned activities of the projects.
* Coordinating the organizational role of the Centre as sending and host organization within European Voluntary Service Programme; organizing and implementing recruitment, selection, training and mentoring processes; preparing projects administration; promoting EVS Programme among potential partners and target groups;
* Attracting local volunteers for ecological campaigns and events, organizing their participation and coordinating their work within the activities;
* Organizing the summer eco-camps of the organisation – planning activities for the camp such as building with natural materials, preparing natural soaps, dealing with local materials, recycling, etc;
* Maintaining contact database with current and potential volunteers.

01/12/2011 - 01/05/2015 - Team Member, Varna - European Youth Capital Application 2017 and the applications for 2015 and 2016
* Participating in the process of elaborating the application in all three phases;
* Communicating with youth organisations and representatives, institutions, public bodies and business sector in order to attract support and partnership as well as to elaborate effective high-interest cross-sector events, processes and activities;
- Participating in and organizing events promoting of Varna for European Youth Capital;
- Planning and organising with the rest of the team activities and meetings for promotion and support of the initiative.

01/05/2011 - 01/05/2015 - Activities Coordinator, Varna Youth Festival Association
* Coordinating the process of attracting volunteers for promoting the festival and for supporting its activities at implementation level;
* Communicating with potential participants and clarifying specific needs and requirements when planning workshops and crafts within the festival programme;
* Promoting the association activities, participating in the team planning and elaborating PR & Communication strategy of the association;
* Researching opportunities for sponsorships, programmes funding and participation in events in order to promote and develop the festival activities;
* Participating in the elaboration of presentations, official documents, applications and other documentation of the organisation;
* National Coordinator for North Eastern Bulgaria for the NowWeMove Campaign, including organisation of Move Week Initiative on an annual basis, providing Education Through Sports trainings for educational institutions, delivering Event Management trainings to sports and youth organisations, managing and developing of database and network of organisations interested in promoting physical activity among youngsters.

01/03/2010 - 30/04/2013 - Administrative Manager & Youth Trainer, OLD KIDS Association
* Sourcing and providing information on fund-raising opportunities such as open calls for social & cultural projects; local, regional, national & international funding programmes; EU funding opportunities;
* Elaborating and implementing youth projects & initiatives within Youth in Action and other local youth programmes;
* Providing consultations to the team of the Association on youth policies and programmes, project management & development cycle, developing voluntary activities and other key youth NGO topics;
* Attracting volunteers for the events and activities organized by OLD KIDS;
* Since 07/2012 Member of the Board of Directors.

01/03/2007 - 31/12/2007 - Activities Coordinator/ EVS Consultant, MAYDAY Foundation - Varna (Bulgaria)
Activities coordinator in "Youth Info Consulting Centre" pilot project:
* Developing, coordinating and promoting centre’s activities.
* Consulting within the European Commission Programme - European Voluntary Service: promotion of the programme, recruitment and selection of candidates, training, mentoring.
* Organizing Career Development trainings and consultations.
* Preparing project administration.

12/07/2006 - 12/01/2007 - European Voluntary Service, Association "Ser Joven" - Santander (Spain)
1. Personal assistant of blind people in National Organization of Blind People in Spain.
2. Support in free time and leisure time youth activities:
* Promoting European culture and European Voluntary Service Programme among the young people in high schools - presentations, exhibitions, trainings;
* Volunteering in nightlife free time programmes for young people during the weekends;
* Participating in youth camps.

01/03/2003 - 28/02/2004 - Administrative Assistant, Marine Club "Friends of the Sea", Public Environmental Centre for Sustainable Development, MAYDAY Foundation - Varna (Bulgaria)
* Managing office correspondence via mail, phone and fax - calls and mails filter;
* Revising documentation, coordinating projects administration, translating documents;
* Organizing events, small campaigns and activities;
* Providing other support depending on the specific project and organization.


24/09/2011 - present - Manager HR Projects, TeamTime Bulgaria LTD - Varna (Bulgaria)
* Managing projects in the field of HR Outsourcing, HR Audit, Executive Search, Training Programmes, Tools & Design, Corporate Fun Events;
* Developing specific project activities such as delivering trainings, conducting assessment centres, organizing HR audits, managing HR internal strategy initiatives and HR managing systems, coordinating performance appraisal projects, elaborating HR tools and materials, etc.
* Organizing and attending business development meetings and events with current and potential clients.
* Responsible for Company’s local and global marketing approach.

01/09/2010 → 24/09/2011 - HR Consultant, AIMS Human Capital Bulgaria and Macedonia (part of AIMS International)
* Managing Executive Search projects within Bulgaria.
* Elaborating and implementing Search & Selection and Talent Development Programmes.
* Participating in HR Audit and HR Consultancy projects.
* Co-training work teams.
* Developing current client relationships and attracting new clients (Business Development).
* Managing all administrative and basic financial matters of Varna Unit – health and safety documents, internal and external documentation flow (HR materials, proposals, contacts, etc), monthly, mid-term and annual financial reports, balance and trends.

06/10/2008 – 31/08/2010 - Human Resources Business Coordinator, AIMS Human Capital Bulgaria and Macedonia (part of AIMS International)
* Collaborating with and supporting senior consultants in business projects such as Search & Selection processes, People Development Programmes, Assessment Centres, Remuneration and Benefits and other HR Consultancy Projects.
* Co-trainer in training and teambuilding activities.
* Consulting in Career Development.
* Interviewing specialists on junior and middle expert level positions.
* Managing all administrative and financial matters of Varna Unit – health and safety procedures and documents, internal and external documentation flow (HR materials, proposals, contacts, etc), monthly, mid-term and annual financial reports, balance and trends.
* Organizing office logistics travel and accommodation matters.

01/07/2008 - 31/08/2008
Training Activities Coordinator (Substitute), CAD Plus Training Centre - Varna (Bulgaria)
* Planning, implementing and assessing the overall training process - programmes, plans, procedures, schedules, and training materials.
* Synchronizing training activities and procedures within training team members.
* Preparing training proposals and elaborating tentative training projects with external HR and Training Departments.

20/04/2005 - 30/09/2005 - Training Programme Coordinator, Melita Private School - Varna (Bulgaria)
* Creating and coordinating an educative summer programme aiming to arise the awareness of cultural diversity.
* Planning and implementing the overall programme and the specific modules.
* Supporting group and individual development.
* Running overall programme evaluation process.

Educational pathway

06/11/2007 - 30/04/2008
Specialization in Human Resources Management, Online Business School – Autonomous University of Barcelona and Life-Long Learning Institute
Barcelona (Spain)
The HR function and the organizational strategy, HR management and development systems, Support systems, Management impact in the quality of HR management

15/09/2002 - 16/06/2008
Bachelor in Special Education, Sofia University "St. Clement Ohridski" - Sofia (Bulgaria)
Pedagogical and psychological approaches working with children with special needs; specialized in Auditory and Speech Rehabilitation

Trainings directly related with my non-formal trainer skills:

January, 2015 - Training of Trainers, The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

October, 2013 - June, 2014 - Training of Trainers for European Youth in Action Projects (ToT of SALTO)
• Three residential seminars in Sweden, Spain & Italy;
• An international training project, ongoing e-learning & ongoing mentoring with one of the course trainers as a mentor.

October, 2012 - Training of Trainers "Hitchhiker's Guide to Become Trainer in Youth in Action", Module 3 "Group Dynamics & Change Management" - Orahovica, Croatia (Bulgarian & Croatian National Agency)

February, 2012 - Training of Trainers How to Prepare, Give & Evaluate Training - Online (Foundation of International Board of Certified Trainers)

October, 2011 - Training of Trainers for the Training Pool of National Agency YiA Bulgaria - Sofia, Bulgaria (National Agency YiA Bulgaria)

April, 2011 - Seminar "Maximum Performance: Enhancing Peoples' Effectiveness in Times of Crisis" - Varna, Bulgaria (The University of Shefield & City College - An International Faculty of The University)

July, 2010 - Training "Participation, initiative and non-formal education" - Municipality of Varna - Varna, Bulgaria

February, 2006 - Training of Trainers "Education on environment and sustainable development", Varna, Bulgaria (For The Nature Association)

Fields of training expertise

  • (advanced) Animation
  • (beginner) Bullying & Harassment
  • (advanced) Campaigning & Awareness Raising
  • (expert) Change Management
  • (intermediate) Citizenship Education
  • (expert) Coaching & Mentoring
  • (expert) Communication Skills
  • (expert) Conflict Management & Mediation
  • (advanced) Creativity & Art
  • (advanced) Crisis Management
  • (intermediate) Diversity & Anti-Racism
  • (beginner) Drama & Theatre
  • (expert) Education through Sports
  • (intermediate) Environment & Ecology
  • (advanced) Equal Opportunities
  • (advanced) Evaluation & Assessment
  • (expert) Event Management
  • (intermediate) Fundraising
  • (advanced) Group Dynamics & Motivation
  • (beginner) Health & Prevention
  • (intermediate) Human Rights
  • (advanced) Intercultural Learning
  • (intermediate) International Youth Work
  • (expert) Labour Rights & Employment
  • (expert) Leadership Development
  • (advanced) Lobbying & Advocacy
  • (beginner) New Information Technologies
  • (advanced) Organizational Management
  • (advanced) Outdoor & Experiential Training
  • (expert) People Management & Cooperation
  • (expert) Personal Development & Empowerment
  • (expert) Project Management
  • (intermediate) Public Relations & Marketing
  • (intermediate) Public Speaking
  • (intermediate) Recognition of NFLearning
  • (advanced) Social Inclusion & Exclusion
  • (intermediate) Social Media
  • (intermediate) Storytelling & Humour
  • (advanced) Time Management
  • (advanced) Training of Trainers
  • (expert) Valorisation of Projects (DEOR)
  • (expert) Volunteer Programmes
  • (advanced) Youth Information Work
  • (advanced) Youth Participation & Initiatives
  • (advanced) Youth Policy
  • (intermediate) Youth Violence & Criminality
  • (expert) Youth Worker Training

Knowledge about institutions and programmes

  • (beginner) Erasmus+ (KA1) Youth Exchanges
  • (expert) Erasmus+ (KA1) Training & Networking
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Transnational Youth Initiatives
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA2) Strategic Partnerships
  • (beginner) Erasmus+ (KA2) Capacity Building (other countries in the World)
  • (intermediate) Erasmus+ (KA3) Youth Policy Meetings
  • (expert) European Solidarity Corps Volunteering
  • (beginner) Erasmus+ (lifelong learning, non-youth)
  • (intermediate) European Youth Centres (CoE)
  • (intermediate) European Youth Foundation (CoE)
  • (intermediate) European Institutions
  • (intermediate) Youth Partnership CoE-COM
  • (intermediate) International Youth Structures
  • (intermediate) Private Foundations
  • (beginner) United Nations

Working with specific target groups

  • (intermediate) Children
  • (beginner) Gay, Lesbian, Bi & Transgender work
  • (expert) Intercultural Teams
  • (advanced) Marginalized & Excluded Youth
  • (intermediate) Minorities
  • (intermediate) Religious Youth Groups
  • (intermediate) Women's Issues & Groups
  • (intermediate) Young People in/from Conflict Areas
  • (intermediate) Young People with a Mental Disability
  • (intermediate) Young People with a Physical Disability
  • (advanced) Young People with a Sensory Disability

Experience with specific geographical regions

  • (beginner) Eastern Europe and Caucasus
  • (intermediate) European Cooperation

Language Skills

  • (fluent) Bulgarian
  • (fluent) English
  • (good) Spanish

Trainer references

  • Standard EVS On-Arrival Training

    Awaiting validation (requested 2020-04-11)
    The training activity took place
    in Sofia, Bulgaria
    organised by National Agency "Youth in Action" - Bulgaria
    24 - 28 September 2012
  • Standard EVS On-Arrival Training

    Awaiting validation (requested 2015-07-22)
    The training activity took place
    in Albena Summer Resort, Bulgaria
    organised by National Agency "Youth in Action" - Bulgaria
    19 - 24 July 2013
  • Step In: Help Youngsters Come Out of Their Shell & Step Into Action

    Validated (2022-04-07)
    The training activity took place
    in Rome, Italy
    organised by Italian NA
    28 April - 03 May 2014
    Reference person

    Aikaterini Boutsia

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  • Communication Matters

    Awaiting validation (requested 2017-04-19)
    The training activity took place
    in Budapest, Hungary
    organised by Hungarian NA
    05 - 11 May 2014
  • Large Scale Event Management

    Awaiting validation (requested 2017-04-19)
    The training activity took place
    in Varna, Bulgaria
    organised by Municipality of Varna & Varna - European Youth Capital 2017 Team
    02 - 07 June 2014
  • Funding & Fundraising

    Awaiting validation (requested 2017-04-19)
    The training activity took place
    in Varna, Bulgaria
    organised by Municipality of Varna & Varna - European Youth Capital 2017 Team
    17 - 21 July 2014
  • Partnership Building

    Awaiting validation (requested 2017-04-19)
    The training activity took place
    in Varna, Bulgaria
    organised by Municipality of Varna & Varna – European Youth Capital 2017 Team
    2 - 6 September 2014
  • Short-term Group EVS On-Arrival Training

    Awaiting validation (requested 2016-02-29)
    The training activity took place
    in Varna, Bulgaria
    organised by Format SFF Foundation
    19 - 21 June 2012
  • EVS Mid-term Evaluation Training

    Awaiting validation (requested 2020-04-11)
    The training activity took place
    in Sofia, Bulgaria
    organised by Bulgarian Erasmus+ National Agency
    9 - 12 December 2014
  • Standard EVS On-Arrival Training

    Awaiting validation (requested 2020-04-11)
    The training activity took place
    in Sofia, Bulgaria
    organised by Bulgarian Erasmus+ National Agency
    16 - 20 February 2015

This profile was last modified on 2017-04-19

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