Volunteer Stories: On bridges – by Sofya

My name is Sofya, I`m from Ukraine, an international relations and public communications student and a volunteer in T4UTH. My experience has been so diverse and full as with volunteering, so with exploring rich Romanian culture so far. Throughout my time staying in Romania a lot of different things have already happened and it is extremely hard to highlight just one!

For the past two months I have been volunteering in the Romanian-Ukrainian Community center, the objectives are to make the adaptation and development of Ukrainian kids easier and faster, provide them with academic support and non-formal education.

I see myself there as one of the bridges between Ukraine and Romania, as I have as Ukrainian, so Romanian co-facilitators. It’s the most rewarding thing, when I see the impact of my work on kids and the feedback from those, who I work with.

Apart from that, I’m actively exploring Romania as a country, its geography and cultural landmarks by visiting different places in my spare time, visiting local cultural events and talking to natives. I`m meeting new people, other international volunteers, and communicating about our cultural differences and similarities, sharing our experience.

For now, I would say that I find my current volunteering experience as highly valuable as for my personal growth, so for gaining professional competences and irreplaceable practical skills!

? The ”ESCpert” project is funded by the European Commission through the European Solidarity Corps program and lasts 28 months.
Read more about Sofia’s experience here: https://www.facebook.com/t4uth/photos/a.191011080922103/5513354792021012/