Volunteering Stories: First two months in Romania – by Cristina

Hello, my name is Cristina Mazzotti, I’m 19 years old and I’m from a small city in the north of Italy called Santarcangelo di Romagna. Right now I am a volunteer for the Team for Youth association in Baia Mare, Romania.

After spending my last five years in high school, I decided not to go directly to university, but to take a year off to learn new things, have new experiences and to get to know better a field in which I would like to work in the future. In these first two months here in Romania I’ve already learned some useful skills and new things such as creating activities and events from scratch, and we’re starting to create projects as well.

In fact, what I like about my project is that we are able to do different things and that we really get involved in and with the local community, which is very interesting since it’s quite different from mine and because we can understand better the place we are in. I’ve learned now that being a volunteer doesn’t only mean doing the activities for your project, but volunteering is also about discovering a new country , living and meeting with people from around the world, things that so far have contributed to make this experience so enjoyable.

These first two months have been really full of new things and, of course, like everything, they had ups and downs, but I am so looking forward to the next 7 months here in Romania!

The ”Escpert” project is funded by the European Commission through the European Solidarity Corps program and lasts 23 month. The opinions and facts stated in the testimonial belong to the author.