Europäischer Freiwilligendienst in Rumänien

Unsere Teilnehmerin Ina hat einen Europäischen Freiwilligendienst (EFD) in Rumänien gemacht. Hier berichtet sie von ihren Erfahrungen:

„Reshape Urban Places“ was a project that aimed to promote handicrafts, traditional art and an environmental-friendly thinking among the youngsters of Brasov. Weekly workshops, called “Șezătoarea Urbana” gave an opportunity to teenagers to get creative in one of our various activities: printing traditional
Romanian patterns on old shirts, knotting survival bracelets, up-cycling pallets into furniture, international cooking etc. Our central office is a place to experience qualitative leisure time and throughout the year we reshaped into an open, welcoming space, furnished with recycled material and decorated with big paintings.

An important part of our project was the organization of community-oriented events. A contemporary-dance and theater performance was initiated by Egle Udraite in January and gained great attention among older and younger people of Brasov. Inspired by this success, we cooperated with “Incubator” to organize several workshops which were generated by community members and presented in a big event: the “Nocturna”. With spring, we relocated our activities in the parks and organized together with the other Mirakolix projects several outdoor events where we invited children and teenagers to do recreational activities which demand their
communicational, creative and physic abilities.

The biggest accomplishment of our project was the jointly organization and implementation of the second edition of “Ceva de Vara” with the other two projects. “Ceva de Vara” is a community festival taking place in the small town of Întorsura Buzaului. The concept can be described as a “home-made” festival that intends to offer different experiences to the diverse communities of Brasov and Întorsura. It is an event made by the people for the people and is realized with the great involvement of a big group of volunteers. The concept aligns with the basic idea of “Reshape Urban Places”: create an active exchange between people from urban and rural places.

Ina's experience

My decision to do EVS was determined by the wish to experience a restart in a strange country that I have little knowledge of and to work in a field inexperienced to me. It was a leap into the unknown - and what I found there exceeded all expectations.
Facing the challenges that come with living in a new place with strange culture, traditions and habits as well as the close contact with your work colleagues that also happen to be your flatmate stimulated my personal development strongly. I learned to embrace differences in culture, beliefs and opinions as they broaden my horizon and teach me tolerance.
My pool of experience gained great qualities from the honeymoon of the first two, three month where everything was shiny and fun as well as it did from the
de-motivating phase that followed after it. Suddenly I began to notice that work was not as enjoyable as I imagined it and first frictions with my colleagues appeared.
It was encouraging to go through these times and to discover how lucky I consider myself with the people that surround my life here and the job I accomplish. My relationship with my colleagues and flatmates grew closer in that time and I learned to admire and appreciate them strongly. Also my coordinators are persons I embosom and look up to as they are the ones that taught me what it means to pursue a project with all the energy because they believe in it.

With these inspiring people at my side and a new world to be discovered, this year shaped my identity and the way I want to live my life fundamentally and permanently.

Ina, Brasov 2015