“Volunteering Stories: The beginning of my new life in Romania – by Marie”

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!

The volunteer is hosted by Team for Youth Association in PLAY project, a European Solidarity Corps initiative in Baia Mare. The project is funded by the EU through the European Commision. 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.