Letter to future volunteers (VII) – by Chloe Colinet de Labeau

Dear volunteers, I’m writing you this letter to give you some advice. Listen to ”the old French volunteer”…

So, the first one: when you start the journey from your country, please, believe me, take a good and strong bag! It’s really important, if you don’t want this to happen to you:  to arrive in the airport, to wait for your luggage , and in the moment you spot it on the conveyor belt, it has one of your shoe, underwear, dress falling out and, in the end, your bag completely destroyed!

The second advice, it’s essential: when you arrive, don’t be shy towards the other people, go directly and speak with the other volunteers, integrate yourself , because they will be your family in the next few months or even a year, and you will need them. EVS is an intercultural and splendid human experience.

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Thirdly, do directly all the things you want to do, because, during this experience, I don’t know why, but the time doesn’t work normally: it flies. One hour is like one second, you can’t imagine, but it goes so fast!

Then, you should absolutely travel in Romania, but more precisely in Maramures, because it’s the most beautiful part. The landscapes are just splendid! Also the people are incredible, lovely, great, from my point of view. Be careful, if you want to travel, DON’T USE THE TRAIN. Hitchhike, rent a car or take a bike, because in Romania the train is very lazy.

If you want to have a nice party in Baia Mare and a good time with Romanian people, go in La Moustache and Log Out. For good concerts go to Podul Viilor, and, during the summer, go to Transylvania Castle, they have a great DJ, swimming pool, and tasty cocktails.

Last but not least, the most important advice:

Enjoy EVS, have fun, be happy, live each day like it’s the last one in your life because you can have this enriching and passionate experience only one time, so, don’t mess it up!

I wish you all the best, take care, make this experience an amazing adventure!

Bisous, bisous, Chloe.

Chloe Colinet de Labeau (France) was 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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