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Alenka Cus
capacity development, curriculum design , non-government
Maribor EU, Slovenia
Capacity building professional with 4 years experience, specialized for diaspora/migration community and curriculum implementation (education).
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Area of Expertise:
  • Social, Education, Gender, Youth, Child
Professional Experience:
I possess experience in international capacity development of volunteer communities: for BA I examined Slovenian schools and libraries in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Slovenian community in Ontario, Canada (thirty institutions) for doctoral dissertation. As a consultant in the field of politics, religion, culture, media, economy, and education I was building solutions for improvements, based on participatory design. In Slovenian Saturday’s school Toronto I implemented an all week “Classroom in the cloud” mentorship programme for K-12 students. I also developed an intercultural model lesson plan for addressing national identity of origin country through Language and Literature for migration volunteer schools. Also in Toronto, I was Editor-in-Chief of bilingual Glasilo Magazine, where I managed to put together a volunteer team of forty, and high quality bilingual content in less than a year. The same at Arsana international music festival in Slovenia as Head Office Manager & Public Relations, where I had to build a volunteer team of local youth from scratch to 25 and lead them successfully through festival implementation.

Before moving to Canada, I was a teacher for Extracurricular Activities at Cresnjevec Elementary School in Language and Literature, for example School paper Cesnjice, Lessons for Poets, Writers and Bloggers, Active Citizens, Youth Volunteers, Pen Pall Letter Project with Slovenian students from Argentina and Canada, Days of Slovenian Language (intercultural student help for foreign nationality students), English camp, Charitable collections of books, clothes and toys, Intergenerational Cooperation Students with Grandparents on computer usage, etc.
I also managed a non-government E-Cafe for two years, leading a wonderful innovative team of university students in building a part of a vibrant subcultural scene of Koper, and learned key family’s business skills since childhood as strong tradition with incredible work ethics.
PhD of Slovenian Studies.
Thesis: Meaning of Education for Slovenian Community in Ontario, Canada
(3 years of intensive field work in media, education, politics)
BA of Slovenian Studies.
Thesis: Slovenian school system and libraries in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Affiliations and Achievements:
- National award for doctoral dissertation on the theme of Slovenians abroad from Republic of Slovenia, Office for Slovenians abroad (2018)
- “An Original Research Model for Synchronous Examination of Diaspora Communities Applied to the Slovenian-Canadian Case”. Scientific Artcle in: Sociology and Anthropology.No. 4, Vol. 6. Horizon Research Publishing, USA, 2018, 361-374.
- Organizing Committee of the international Conference for Young Humanists: Social and political processes in modern Slavic cultures, languages and literatures, Koper (2016)
- The Ethnolinguistic Vitality of the Slovenian Community in Ontario, Conference Contribution at the Department of Slavic languages, University of Toronto (2015).
- National interpellation in Diaspora Community of Slovenian Canadians in Ontario. Conference Contribution at the Congress of Humanities and Social Sciences 2015, Canadian Association of Slavists
Conference, Ottawa (2015).
- Ziga Zois Memorial Fellowship for Graduate Student Excellence, (2013-2014), Republic of Slovenia
- Novel Author in: Miroslav Cukovic: Mariborska mlecna cesta: žvecilne galaksije / Maribor’s milky way: chewing galaxies. Mladinski center, 2012.

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    Years of Experience:
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