EVS Stories: Similarities (V) – Chloe Colinet de Labeau

What do you think Romania and France have in common? Chloe, our volunteer from France, after volunteering for 8 months in Romania, organizing summer camps, seminars, intercultural presentations, activities in schools and kindergartens from rural areas, in high-schools from Baia Mare and in a center for children with Down Syndrome, got to this findings.

“Both in Romania and France, the following things are the same:

  • The laughter of the children, their candor, their imagination and their innocence. Always magic.
  • The diversity of the landscapes, their extraordinary beauty, and so different according to the region where you are.
  • The unbearable delay of public transport, unfortunately!
  • The loyalty of teachers to their students, never despairing, and always listening to them. A difficult task but something I really admire and wish to accomplish for myself.
  • My favorite smell, that of the grass drying in the morning after a long night of rain.
  • The Eiffel tower, and yes, for those who didn’t know, there is a reproduction in Romania, in Slobozia!
  • The snow, its smell, its texture, the happiness that it gives me.
  • Football, the EuroCup,  we were both loser teams (but, still, the French team is better).
  • The family: A value as important in France as in Romania.
  • The beauty of the people, their kindness, happiness, friendliness, it’s not exactly the same, it’s more often encountered in Romania, the bonds are stronger!”

Chloe Colinet De Labeau (France) is hosted in Baia Mare by Team for Youth Association, in the “Life Skills for Rural Education” project, a European Voluntary Service, financed by the European Commission, through the Erasmus Plus Program.