Volunteering Stories: Amazing Romania – by Ana M.

I am Makouchyk Nastassia from Belarus, volunteer at the program of Erasmus+ “Citizens of the World” (short term program – 2 months), in the past the student of Belarus State University and in the future – the head of Interpol.

Few months ago I was sure 98% that in the future I would move to Romania – after coming to the program I am sure 100%.

It has never happened to me before but to tell the truth,

I do not know what to write about,

I always have plenty of thoughts about everything.

Probably are too many things to talk about here –

Or Romania perhaps is too close to tell something.

But still I have some moments that are stuck in my head,

And maybe in this way I will get rid of them.

In my opinion, this program is really good, especially if you have been dreaming to go to Romania for a year. Also once more bonus will be if you like children because here we are working with different ones. Some days ago I was going home and had understood that I really love them. These children are adorable, interesting and really helpful, I mean, when you are practicing your Romanian and do not know a word or do not understand something they really try to help you.

During this month lots of exiting things had happened  and also I have known a lot of new information. It will take so much time to tell about; that is why I am not going to do it, because almost every day for me to be here is something special.

Anyway I want to tell you two facts which are in my head when I am thinking about this experience but I do not tell it to anybody because it is strange and a little bit boring.

  1. One of the first things I have noticed was the smell of Romanians. Maybe it is just a thing of băimăreni, but every time when I am walking down the street– if a person does not wear perfume – I feel the smell of the same laundry detergent. Is it the conspiracy?
  2.  In Russian language we have some problems with word formation of the feminitives and, during learning Romanian, I have found that some of modern feminitives the same as in Romanian, but I remember only the one and it is doctoriță.

In the end, I want to say that I am happy to be sitting now in the chair, eating the best biscuits in the world without sugar from the Art School and, in fact, I am just awfully happy to be here.


The volunteer is hosted by Team for Youth Association in a joint project with OIP Minsk, on a two-month European Voluntary Service project in Baia Mare. The content of this testimonial does not reflect the official opinion of the European Union. The responsibility for the information and views expressed in the article rests entirely with the author.