EVS Stories: About summer camps (VI) – by Ana Rita

When I was preparing the summer camps, I started to think how it would be. If we would have a lot of children, if they would be very energetic or not, if they would like our activities, if we would be able to handle all the responsibility and how the places would be as well. I was very excited to start, I was very curious to see how the children will react to our presence.

After all the preparation , I started the summer camps… and the first one wasn’t easy.. in the end everything was ok, but our group struggled a little with things we were not expecting. Like the conditions of the place (sometimes were not the best), some bad behavier of the children and some activities. But after this first summer camp we talked and adjust and change some things so that in the next ones things would be better. And this was what happened.

I really enjoy to work and organized these activities! I really enjoyed being with children and having fun with them!

As well as organizing activities for the children to have fun and learn something new, I also discovered new skills about myself and I improved my Romanian a little.

My responsibilities during this time were doing the games/activities with the children; preparing the materials for the next activity; preparing and cleaning the lunch table; being responsible of the kids.

My best memory about the summer camp was last week during my birthday. All children sang happy birthday to me, they made drawings related to that, they gave me a balloon as a present! And the family that was hosting us was very nice as well, they prepared us food  and made us company! Overall it was a very nice day!

The people I remember the most are Madalina’s grandma and Dina’s family! They were so nice to host us in the villages and made us feel like at home! And of course some kids were amazing too! Very friendly!

Ana Rita Coutinho (Portugal) 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.

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