- 30 August 2016
- Posted by: Team For Youth Association
- Category: Volunteering Stories
My name is Gris, I am coming from Estonia and I am 25 years old.
I graduated university 3 years ago and after that I worked in the kindergarten three years and now I am here in Romania. I have been in Romania in the city of Baia Mare for 4 months so far. I will stay 7 months in this EVS project.
Everybody has their own reasons for going abroad and experiencing the EVS volunteer program. I was really afraid of speaking English and my friends said I should do EVS and then I got this idea and my thinking was that it’s now or never.
Every weekend I have been discovering Romania together with my friend Damla. We went to different cities like Oradea, Sighetu Marmației, Vama Veche, Cluj-Napoca and also I have been several times in Bucharest and Constanta.
Vadu Crisului was also an amazing experience. There was a waterfall and it was AMAZING and I had never been rafting before, and knew really nothing about what was involved with it before going on this trip.
In Romania there are a lot of small villages and people who live in there they work every day very hard and they use horses. Usually every family have their own vegetable field where they grow: carrots, corn, potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber etc and animals- pigs, cows, horses, lambs, chickens, cats and dogs.
Many people over the world are trying to eat clean eco food and they spend a lot of money. But in Romania people make their own cheese and they eat fresh meat, eggs and vegetables every day.
In the mornings one person is herding all the cows from the village together and then they go to the mountains to eat grass. In the evening all cows are going back to their homes. It was very cool to see it. In Estonia I never saw so free animals in open fields because we have really strict laws and animals need to be only in the farms. But here horses and cows were by the roadsides, and they did not seem to care about escaping.
I have seen and experienced a lot. Life here is very spontaneous and I have learned just to go with the flow.
Gris Tammiksaar (Estonia) is hosted in Baia Mare by Team for Youth Association, in the “Carnval de Non Formal III” project, a European Voluntary Service, financed by the European Commission, through the Erasmus Plus Programme.