EVS Stories: One day as a volunteer (III) – by Ana Rita

Today my morning started early, I had to wake up at 6:00 am. I took a shower, ate breakfast and run to the meeting point, where normally the teacher pick us up. Maria was already there and Aleksandra arrived a few minutes later. After that the teacher drove us to Cernesti. Was so cold!

We were, almost, the first ones to arrive. At the same time the sun was rising, the students and teachers were arriving too.

When the English teacher arrived, we decided what activities we will do in the classes.

At 9:00 am classes started. I missed the kids! After one month since the last time we saw them, when we arrived in the classroom they hugged us and were excited to see us.

The activities went really well, the not so good part was seeing how sad the kids were when Maria told them that today were her last day. They don’t like to hear when one of us is leaving. This is where we can see that our presence and what we do has impact on their lives.

In the end of the classes we 3 had to hitchhike to come back to Baia Mare, because the teacher that drove us there would come later. So we decided to be adventurous. And we had luck because we just waited for 10 minutes until one men stopped. The men didn’t know to speak English but we tried to speak Romanian, and it went well. He was nice, in the end of the trip back to the city he stopped in the city hall and told us to wait. When he returned he had books for us, books with pictures of Baia Mare. It was a nice gesture! Then I come back home and had to work in some lessons.

After dinner we gather all in one flat to say goodbye to three volunteers. This is the sad part of EVS, saying goodbye to people. We are used to each other and we are friends with each other, almost like a little family and now we have to say goodbye. This is not the best part, but is a part of EVS.

Ana Rita Coutinho (Portugal) is hosted in Baia Mare by Team for Youth Association, in the “Life Skills for Rural Education” project, an European Voluntary Service, financed by the European Commission, through the Erasmus Plus Program.

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