- 9 February 2022
- Posted by: Team for Youth Association
- Category: Volunteering Stories
Romania… Not a very attractive country! However, that is where I decided to spend six months to be part of the Play project: a project based on interacting with kids from disadvantaged communities around the city of Baia Mare.
Until a few months ago, I was a student of Law and Applied Foreign Languages, a very demanding course at the University of Savoie Mont-Blanc, located in eastern France, on the border between Switzerland and Italy.
Those three years were as difficult as they were enriching. There was only one watchword: TO STUDY. I think it was (way) too much for me.
After the first two lockdowns in France, I had a breath of fresh air thanks to my Erasmus stay in sunny Cordoba, Spain! It was there that I made THE decision that marked the beginning of the rest of my life: no more studies!
First shock, or rather disappointment, for my parents.
The second was when I told them I was going to Romania to do voluntary work! Unlikely, right?
I have been in Baia Mare, in the north of Romania, for two months now. I had the chance to meet great people and to work with children full of life! I love being with them and having the feeling that our shared moments allow them to get out of their complicated daily life.
I am grateful to be able to live this experience which fulfils me and reinforces my idea to continue my professional life in this direction.
I would almost forget the (great) Romanian cold and the environment in which I live, which is very different from my small town in the French Alps.
I still have four months to live here before I continue with the rest of my life, and I intend to make the most of every moment!