Fifth month as Volunteer in Romania

February, my fifth month as a volunteer in Romania, it was so full of nice people and learning achievements. Everything I learned I will keep it to use for my future plans! If January was the month of organizing things, February was the month when everything we planned got in "flesh and bone". 

The first activity was a chemistry workshop by Alina-Mirela Ipate, in our youth center. Many children came, we played, we did the experiments that Alina showed us and I learned a lot of new words with the help of my new little friends. 

Then with Mihaela, we visited Petru Rareş Technological High-School and the High-School for youth with a sight-impairment "Moldova" to establish new activities for the students. At Petru Rareş school we did “The Polite project”. It was a very useful project for the students, the teachers and us. The aim of the project was for the students to realize the importance of behaving politely in the school and in general, in society. 

In the afternoon of the same day, we met Gheorghe Ciobanu painter in Bălţaţi who gave us the painting we started at Rroma HeArt project. We will have the honor also to make some workshops in our youth center by him during the next months, as he said he would like to teach people to express themselves through painting and to help them just like it helped him. 

Those days in my country, Greece, we were celebrating carnival. Especially in my hometown, Patras, we are famous for our carnival parades and our parties. That’s why we made a carnival party at our youth center. First I told to the participants about the history and some tradition from my hometown during the carnival. I also showed them videos and some photos, and after the party, we started with carnival music and dances. 

One of the highlights of this month was the project we started at Petru Rareş school with the topic of Multiple Intelligence Theory. It is based on the book of Howard Gardner and I will have my full experience about the workshops after the end of the program. So far with the help of Florin, a volunteer of our youth center, we have done with success the Linguistic, the Spatial, the Kinesthetic, and the Music Intelligence. Each day we do different workshops using non-formal methods for different intelligence. At the last day of the month, we were invited by the students of a class at Petru Rareş school to talk about volunteering and about our organization. It made me very happy with the fact that they invited us to go to the class next week to do more activities using non-formal methods.

The rest of the day we spent it with two Norwegian youth workers, Marta and Jamal, who will come again at the end of March with other seven youth-working students. We talk a lot to get to know each other and to exchange ideas and opinions for the upcoming program we will do. 

As a conclusion, I may say that it was a full and enriching month that I could not have experienced if I had not chosen to be a volunteer in ASIRYS. And I feel is just the beginning, in March I will learn even more. 

By Nikolia Papadopoulou

As you may know, we are hosting at the moment our first EVS volunteer, Nikolia, from Greece. She will spend 12 months with us, helping to develop our youth center and create a more active community by volunteering! Each month our volunteer, Nikolia Papadopoulou will share her experience in Romania through a small report. 

Building Bridges is a project funded by Erasmus+, a programme of the European Union. The content of this article is the exclusive responsibility of the authors, and the National Agency and the European Union are not responsible for how the content of the information will be used.


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