Volunteering Stories: A man from Nantes in Romania – by Arthur

Hi, my name is Arthur. I am 22 years old and I come from Nantes, a city in the west of France. I’m currently a volunteer in Civic Service at the association Team for Youth in Baia Mare, Romania.

I used to study in the field of computer science but despite obtaining a diploma, I realized that this was not what I wanted to build my life on. I then chose to start volunteering in order to open myself to the world, to discover new domains, cultures and to meet people from different origins.

As a volunteer in Civic Service, I have, within the association, a status a little bit apart which allows me a great diversity as regards my missions. These are arranged around 3 main axes:

  1. The realization and sharing of content for the association itself (sharing projects, creating videos for social networks, setting up podcasts…)
  2. Helping with CES volunteer projects (photographer for events, providing knowledge on certain subjects, co-leading activities…)
  3. The implementation of my own personal projects such as the FAR project: a project on the theme of clichés and preconceived ideas realized jointly with French and Romanian participants.

Having had the opportunity to spend my Civic Service in both France and Romania, I was able, during my missions, to touch many fields that I knew little or nothing about and that I managed to develop over time. From the discovery of video editing to the realization of a radio program, through the animation of activities for children, I was able to broaden my range of skills in a consistent manner.

I also take advantage of my free time to try to discover Romania, a country I hardly knew before coming. Whether it is its medieval cities, its typical traditions, or its picturesque hiking trails, it is a great thing for me to travel through this country.

Despite the fact that it is a new experience for me, I managed to adapt relatively easily to my current environment. You quickly get used to living with a roommate and living in a new country for a long period of time. Of course, not everything is perfect, but overcoming obstacles is what allows us to grow and always move forward.

I’m very happy to be living this experience and I’m still far from being done, so I’m enjoying it 🙂