EVS Stories: About my experience in the first month

My first week was really hard, because I was little homesick and it was also my first trip out my country. But after 3 weeks with the volunteers and the association, I fell more relaxed. The team is very welcoming. The thing I am most happy about is my interaction with the youngsters from the high school, the kids from the village, and especially the children affected by the down syndrome. I love sharing with them my culture through games and conversation. And it makes me feel really useful.

Furthermore I am learning to live in another country and culture, with different mentality and langue. It is a very good experience for my life. Because now I have a fixed objective to learn more about how to work with the children, the young people and also to assume the role of organizer.

Being here in Romania and working as a volunteer, changed my way of seeing things. For example, now, I don’t want to work only for the children from my country but also for the children from other countries. Basically, to help the children who are in need.

I still have some difficulties with English, but I am determined  to master it. I’m sure it will come by time.

Belinda Ihily  (New Caledonia) is hosted by Team for Youth Association in Baia Mare, in “Life skills for Rural Education” project, a European Voluntary Service, financed by the European Commission, through the Erasmus Plus Program.