Maya Toncheva GuevskaBulgaria (Host: Community Options, Inc.)
Maya Guevska has more than three years of experience in the social sector. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Master’s degree in European Projects from Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria. She has studied in Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic under the Erasmus program, in the field of special pedagogy and work with people with disabilities. Maya has unique experiences in both the public and nonprofit sectors. She has worked in the Sofia Municipality, Bulgaria, as a senior expert since April 2013 on international and national projects which benefit the local community. Most of her projects are transnational partnership projects related to improvement of the territorial, economic and social integration process in Sofia in various fields (including social entrepreneurship, energy efficiency, sustainable urban development). Maya is also the founder of a nonprofit organization called People Help, which aims to facilitate the process of providing social services to disadvantaged people in Bulgaria. Through this work she is able to work with children and people with disabilities, and with volunteers conducting charity campaigns. In 2010 and 2011, she worked with elder people on a university project for psychosocial support and wrote a publication for the university yearbook. Thus during the last couple of years she gained experience and developed strong skills in team management and leadership, financial management, and comprehensive analysis of documents. Maya is interested in planning, coordination and management of projects and campaigns in the social field, charity and volunteer work. She works for accomplishing her goals through uniting people in a common cause.
Host Organization: Community Options, Inc.
Role at Host Organization: Maya will work with colleagues to roll out the implementation of several systems including web based client record keeping and a financial management. She will ensure compliance with auditing of records through sample reviews, and will work with the Regional Vice President on development needs as well as identifying potential funding and grant opportunities.