Foreign volunteers in Romania

Amanda Evelina Maria Frilund
Project: Multicultural Routs
Period: 01.09.2015- 31.09.2016

Hello!
I'm Amanda, a 20-year-old girl from Finland. I decided to make an EVS after high school to have another year to figure out what I wanted to study in university, and to get some new experiences and have some fun while I was at it. Well, I still haven't figured out what to study, but I sure got a lot of experiences and had loads of fun!
In my project I mainly worked with entertaining hospitalized children. I've never worked with kids before, but doing this I got to realize how rewarding it is to see somebody being so happy that you're there playing with them. Plus I got to express my creativity and make handicrafts all day as my "job," which was like the best thing ever.
During trainings and other events I got to interact with lots of new people and try things I'd never done before. This was often a lot of comfort zone-stretching, but I've found that the more I dared to challenge myself, the bigger the reward was.
I've learned so many things during my year in Cluj, and I'm very happy that I decided to come here.

Simone Luftensteiner
Project: Multicultural Routs
Period: 01.09.2015- 31.09.2016

Hey everybody! My name is Simone and I am from Austria. I was lucky and got the chance to do a one year EVS with 5 other crazy people in Cluj. Well, I don't know how to express myself without sounding cheesy, but this honestly was the most awesome and intense year of my life until now. I can only recommend EVS and CVCN!
Back then after graduating in Austria I did not want to continue in formal school system, but a) travel and b) give something back to the society as I grew up in a rich and safe country. When I read about the Multicultural Routs project for the first time a "This is it!" -feeling instantly hit me ... and a few weeks later I found myself in Romania. My project was diverse, the main focus laid on children's animation in the local psychiatry and other pediatric hospitals. Apart from that we worked with primary school kids on the countryside on topics like anti-discrimination, tolerance and connection. We used really cool methods from non-formal education like stop-motion movie or photovoice and I think both us and the kids enjoyed it very much. Work wise, what has been the best thing about my project was the freedom that we had, the freedom to fully explore ourselfs and jump into cold water and this was perfect for me as I like to be independent. We all implemented in one way or another an own personal project, I worked in an art camp in the summer and other festivals for example.
But the essence of "learning experience EVS" consists only partly in the project one is doing, it depends mostly on you and how you use it. I saw many things this year, I discovered a new world of travelling and travelers (I hitchhiked through a third of Europe and spent in total about 5 weeks in a tent!). I got friends with people from all over the world, I gained loads of confidence and self-awareness.
So if you are reading this, because you consider doing an EVS - go for it dude! It's totally worth it.


Tim Frederik Seppelt
Project: Multicultural Routs
Period: 01.09.2015- 31.09.2016

Hello, my name is Tim. I am 19 years old and from Germany. Within my project I had two main activities. First of all I was a volunteer at Reactor de creație și experiment, an independent theatre in Cluj. I learned a lot about the independent cultural scene in Romania, watched a lot of theatre plays and experienced how it is to work in a small but ambitious team. I had the opportunity to volunteer at several festivals such as the Transylvanian International Film Festival (TIFF), Cluj Shorts and Temps d'Images. I believe I could not have found a better way to discover Cluj's diversity and to get to know many great people. In the second part of my project which included offering a Multicultural Club to elementary school children in rural areas I learned most of my Romanian. I enjoyed it very much to spend time together with the children. We had many lovely moments even though they can be mean from time to time. ;-)
In total my EVS was a great experience which I will never forget. I am glad that I came to Romania and that I spent one year in Cluj with so many amazing people.

Julia Heger
Project: Multicultural Routs
Period: 01.09.2015- 31.09.2016

„Servus! My name is Julia, I am 19 years old, from Austria and I just finished my EVS in Cluj.
I decided to do this as a gap year after finishing school and before starting university. It was a great experience! Cluj is a very exiting city with many events and one of the best places to live for a year abroad.
I learned Romanian, worked with children and figured out how to live in a shared multicultural flat. We were six volunteers from Germany, Spain, Finland and Austria. My project activities were 1. working in Reactor de Creatie si experiment (a small independent theater) which meant helping with everything, selling tickets, arranging the space, improving and creating props and watching many shows.
2. I worked within the „multicultural clubs“ in rural schools were we tried to make children from different ethnicities work together in a positive environment, we used many non formal methods to create a contrast to their strict school environment.
Towards the end of the year I felt more confident and started my own project in collaboration with another volunteer: a book club about feminism, where I got to know many interesting people. The whole EVS experience changed me quite a lot in a many positive ways. I can only recommend doing an EVS to everybody!“

Carlos Laca Munoz
Project: Multicultural Routs
Period: 01.09.2015- 31.09.2016

Hi, my name is Carlos, I'm from Spain and I'm 26 years old. I have been volunteer in Cluj-Napoca at the project "Multicultural routs". I spend the most part of the time working at the hospital, I was doing clinic animation with children. Also part of the project was going to schools in rural areas and worked in different aspects like avoid the discrimination.
This experience is unique, amazing, awesome, cool, exciting!! I couldn't imagine all the feelings that I had hear with the daily live out of my comfortable zone (city, family, friends). I gave thanks to Centrul de Voluntariat Cluj Napoca for the opportunity to part of an international volunteer in Romania.

Mario Pedroncelli
Project: Year of the Youth Invasion
Period: 01.09.2014- 31.09.2015


Hi! I'm Mario, 26 years old, from Italy. I've been Evs Volunteer in a one year project called “Year of the Youth Invasion” since September 2014.
My project was about animation and non formal education activities in 3 children hospitals of the city. We also started a project in schools of the rural area and we organized daily activities for the SNV, the National Volunteer Week.
My Evs year was just amazing, a unique experience, and for sure unrepeatable and unforgettable.
Not only for the activities of the project, that, in the end, are only a part of the experience. But also for the chance of living one year in a foreign country. And sharing a flat (in my case) with 7 other volunteers from 5 different countries. And meeting hundreds of other volunteers, local and international. And, then, getting to know a new culture and learn a new language...almost...let's say understand a new language!
Evs, in my case, really changed my life and my plans for the future. In fact, I'm still in Romania now, in a similar project (but not as awesome).
  

Liene Eksa
Project: Year of the Youth Invasion
Period: 01.09.2014- 31.09.2015


Hi. My name is Liene and I’m from Latvia. I’ve been volunteer in Cluj Napoca Volunteer Center at the project “Year of the Youth Invasion”. I spent almost a year in Cluj together with seven other European volunteers. The year was awesome and colorful. I worked with children in hospitals, organized National Volunteer Week with my colleges, volunteered for an Art Camp in Waldorf school, discovered Romanian countryside and shared a lot of fun with my housemates. For me, I gained more confidence, met a lot of amazing people, participated in Latvian/ Romanian wedding and discovered Romanian culture. The experience that I got can be described as a journey with a bunch of big colorful balloons because all the events, people, things that I seen in Romania caused really good feelings. I never imagined that volunteering can give so much satisfaction, it really helps a person to widen horizons. One of my passions is non-formal education, and here I had a chance to learn new methods and to put them in practice: by my work in children hospital, during National Volunteer Week, our EVS presentations and the non-formal education seminar “Connector”.
I’m very glad that I made the decision to come to Cluj, I can truly say that this been the most positive experience that I ever gained ;)


Rosa Gather
Project: EUROPEAN volunteers in YOUTH CAPITAL
Period: 01.09.2014- 31.09.2015


Salut Salut! My name is Rosa and I am 19 years old. When I did my EVS in Cluj-Napoca I just finished High School and was 18 years old. I spent 12 wonderful months in Romania and met a lot of new people from all over the world!
My project „EUROPEAN volunteers in YOUTH CAPITAL“ was about working with young people and students in Cluj. While I did my EVS at Centrul de Voluntariat Cluj-Napoca, the city was announced to be the European Youth Capital 2015!
It was very exciting, because a lot of events and activities happened in the city!
My colleague and were part of this movement. We organized a german language and intercultural club for youth, intercultural evenings with nice food or movie nights.
The highlight of my work in the office of CVCN was the National Volunteer Week (SNV) in May. We organized together with other local and international volunteers 8 events to promote and involve volunteering.
Those were in example cleaning and decorating a park in Marasti, cooking for beneficiaries, a Share and Trade Bazaar with lots of different workshops (Skate board tricks, T-Shirt printing, dancing, handicrafts etc.) and an intercultural treasure hunt.
Especially during this week I enjoyed the spirit of volunteering and working together in teams. My EVS taught me to become more open, flexible and how to enjoy life!
I mainly worked in the office and learned a lot about project management and working with different target groups. As a personal project I decided to work with elderly.
Therefore I went once a week to an old people home and spend a bit of time there to entertain those people. It helped me a lot to improve my Romanian.
I never want to miss this wonderful year full of experiences. I gained a lot of friends and travelled through the whole country with its amazing landscapes.
For me EVS was perfect to discover myself and other cultures!

Lisa Kostner
Project : 3G. Go. Give. Gain
Duration 1/09/2013 - 31/08/2014
Cluj-Napoca, Romania


Salut! I am Lisa from Austria and I was a volunteer at Centrul de Voluntariat Cluj-Napoca, at the hospital project 3G! Go! Give! Gain! I spent 12 wonderful months here in Cluj, traveling a lot, seeing many new places and getting to know so many great and inspiring people, as well as their totally different lifestyles, point of views and attitudes. It was a great experiences to work with all these new people and especially the activities with the children really fulfilled me. The fact that I chose Romania as my EVS- country turned out in so many ways as the best decision I could have ever made. I got the chance to discover a totally new and stranger country, exploring it in so many facets and being positively surprised for so many times. Due to the free space we were given for our personal projects I could live out all my creativity by for example doing trick-film animation workshops with kids, having a photo exhibition in the park, making a children book (“ Die lustige Liese”), designing posters or flyers,...
I really fell in love with the whole volunteer atmosphere and I will never forget this amazing year, with all its faces and experiences


Gaelle Blino
Project : The Rhythm of Volunteering
Duration 1/04/2013 - 31/05/2013
Cluj-Napoca, Romania


I am Gaëlle from France and I spent two months in Cluj Napoca as a volunteer for the European Voluntary Service. My project involved organizing the 12-th edition of the National Volunteer Week in Cluj- Napoca in May 2013.
At the beginning of my research I wanted to do an EVS in Romania or Bulgaria. I was really attracted by these countries. Indeed in the Western Europe we don’t know a lot about them. Lots of stereotypes about the east part of Europe exist and some people didn’t understand my choice to come here. However I am glad to have been here for my EVS. I learnt to discover Romanian people and culture. I liked them a lot, I found Romanian people nice and funny and the culture and history is so rich.
This project really interested me. It was an open and creative project where volunteers could express themselves. It was also challenging and sometimes stressful! In two months we created and organized 10 events (among others football tournament, flashmob, multicultural evening, painting hospital’s rooms…).
It was an amazing EVS experience full of emotions and discovery about the country, others people, but also myself. I was also very lucky to meet and live this experience with amazing people. For sure I will do another one!
 


 Susana Barros
 Project : The Rhythm of Volunteering
 Duration 1/04/2013 - 31/05/2013
 Cluj-Napoca, Romania


 Hey! I’m Susana, from Portugal, and I was an EVS Volunteer in Cluj-Napoca (Romania) by chance!  Between finishing the Master’s and starting a PhD or something else in my professional life, I decided to  become a European Volunteer and be challenged by doing a different thing from what I’m used to!  Fortunately, I was selected for this project, “The Rhythm of Volunteering”, being involved in several  promotional events! I could learn a lot of things, and for sure, improve my creativity skills! It was a great  experience and I would say that everyone should do it once in their lives! I’m very glad for have being part of this project and team! It was a great professional and personal experience.
Also, during these two months in Romania I could get to know this beautiful country and culture! Now, we’re leaving… It’s tough! But I’m going back to my country with a great feeling of fulfillment: new friends (some of them so special to me!), new knowledge, knowing new cultures. Tons of good memories!!!
 

 Linda Pallai
 Project : The Rhythm of Volunteering
 Duration 1/04/2013 - 31/05/2013
 Cluj-Napoca, Romania


 Hi, I'm Linda from Genova, Italy, and I was here for two months: April and May 2013 to organise t  the  National Volunteer Week. I choose to come here for the project and not for the country but I  was actually  amazed by Romania because the people here are really nice and the country is so  beautiful, but around  Europe no one actually knows that. I choose this project because what I  wish I will do in my life is work  for an NGO or open one by myself. And I was already searching for  an EVS opportunity because it's a great chance  to travel, meeting new people and learn a new language or improve an old one, all things that I love.
We were a group of 8 people, we were a great group and it had been two amazing months!

 

 Stephanie Chacin
 Project : The Rhythm of Volunteering
 Duration 1/04/2013 - 31/05/2013
 Cluj-Napoca, Romania


 Hello!! I'm a 23 Years old, Graphic Design student from Venezuela. who loves all about films  and movie  making. I describe myself as a cheerful and optimistic person who smiles most of  the time and likes to  travel and discover new countries, their arts and culture. My biggest  passion is dancing, practicing ballet,  contemporary, Latin dances and others.
 I'm part of the ex-participants from the 24 Ship for the World Youth Program, a journey that  made us discover the great potential youth around the world has, and of course our own.
As a Japanese student I'm part of GOEN Maracaibo, a group of friends who give classes of this language to our city's community and is really involved in volunteering and activities focuses on the improvement of our society.
During the EVS project, The Rhythm of Volunteering in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, our main task was to organize the National Volunteering Week (SNV), Promoting volunteering and active citizenship,
All together we were 8 international volunteers which now I call friends, we were involved in the organization of 10 events together with Centrul de Voluntariat Cluj-Napoca, as for me I was in charge together with Leo of Crossing borders a multicultural event that included painting, music, dance
and games.
Some people have asked me why did I choose Romania?? And my answer is that Romania chose me! so today I can say I’m totally in love with Cluj! My EVS experience even though I feel it was too short and ended in the blink of an eye, was full of amazing moments and people, challenges and fun, new
perspectives about the world and cross-cultural understanding, discovering Romania from north to south going up till the delta of the Danube and back.
Sharing life experiences with my friends and learning about their culture,personal growth, teamwork, a lot of hard work and learning, Always believing that we as youth can be the change we want to see if we take
action!!


 Royal Agamirzadeh
 Project : The Rhythm of Volunteering
 Duration 1/04/2013 - 31/05/2013
 Cluj-Napoca, Romania


 My name is Royal Agamirzadeh, I was born on 7th September, 1993 in Azerbaijan. I lived in  Azerbaijan  most of my life except between the ages of 18 and 19, when I involved to youth  sector, and a lot of trips  to Europe or Caucasus countries.
 I am particularly interested in mathematics, computing, philosophy and researching. I’ve  been  programming since I was 10 years old, but it was not very serious until I started  working as a  programmer at 2009. As for maths, it’s been a favorite of mine since junior high. (I’m also interested in linguistics and ancient history of the Near East and Europe and making research in symbols, but in a rather unprofessional manner).
Other hobbies of mine include a small amount of sports, biking, hiking, and solving puzzles and riddles of all sorts.
From my EVS experience, I discovered that EVS is an opportunity which offers a lot of experience and knowledge and also helps young people to develop very strong feelings in the community, with your partners, their colleagues in work...and of course between themselves!
So, my first experience as a volunteer abroad made me think that it would be very nice to help other volunteers who come to Azerbaijan in their process of adaptation, because we share the shame emotions, experience, expectations, worries and dreams and I can understand their "situation" and their feelings.
Without any hesitations I highly recommend EVS to young people. It is the best way to explore yourself in every field.

 

 Monika Hryzlikova
 Project: You(th) redefine culture!
 Duration: 1/09/2012 - 31/05/2013
 Cluj-Napoca, Romania

 I am Monika from Czech Republic. I am 20 years old. I came to Romania in September  2012 for 9  months. I was part of the project called You(th) redefine culture! It was based  on having lessons at a  school with children of ages ranging between 5 and 12 years. I  have mainly been working with my  great colleague from Iceland. We were having lessons  about ecological, multicultural and art. We  were preparing a lot of different activities about  these subjects. Besides that I was part of different  activities which were going on in my  organisation as for example workshops, presentations and  activities for the community. I  have met great people during my EVS, I have been traveling a lot  around Romania and  now I am leaving with a lot of amazing experiences!

 


 Unnur Stefansdottir
 Project: You(th) redefine culture!
 Duration: 1/09/2012 - 31/05/2013
 Cluj-Napoca, Romania

 
 I am a very stubborn small town girl, I grew up in a community of 900 people and so  coming to  Cluj was a big change but a good one. I love spending time with kids so this  project was great in  every way for me. A lot that you wish you could have changed but  learned to make the best of it. In  my time here I got to take a little Easter brake and walk the Himalaya it gave me a new energy to finish this project not to mentionhiking is my biggest hobby.

 

 Nora Doplbauer
 Project: TOY- Think of you!
 Duration: 1/09/2012 - 31/05/2013
 Cluj-Napoca, Romania

 Hello! My name is Nora, I am from Austria and 19 years old. After finishing high school I knew that I didn’t want to start with university right away, I wanted to gain different experiences and  perspectives, do something useful and discover more of the world. So after some ups and downs  during my search,  I experienced the feeling of “love at first sight”: TOY – think of you!
 I read in the descriptions of this project, that it will be with children in a hospital and then the  country was not really important for me anymore. However, now I am very happy and thankful, that it became Romania and this EVS project in the end. I made a lot, a lot of very valuable experiences here, living a completely different life than in Austria, surrounded by people from at least 10 other nations, in a country that before I basically didn’t know anything about.
To sum this up – I can just recommend everybody to find your own EVS-project to fall in love with and experience yourself what I am talking about! 


 Alberto Scapini
 Project: TOY- Think of you!
 Duration: 1/09/2012 - 31/05/2013
 Cluj-Napoca, Romania


 I graduated at the faculty of Law in Genova in 2011... I tried to find a job in the social field in the  first two months in 2012 without success..then suddenly, after one job interview I found a flier  about EVS and I thought “this is something that I definitely need to do right now so let's do it”... I sent several applications and then I received a positive answer from one of my favorite project in Cluj-Napoca... I've never thought that I was going abroad in an unknown country but that I was going to have a great experience... And everything happened as I expected it... Become a volunteer or an EVS volunteer guys!
 

 Velichka Krendova
 Project: 123 days!
 Duration: 1/03/2012 - 30/06/2012
 Cluj-Napoca, Romania

 Hi, I am Vili from Bulgaria and I am a volunteer in Romania with the European  Voluntary  Service. My project involved organizing the 11-th edition of the National  Volunteer Week in  Cluj-Napoca, in May 2012.
  Being from Bulgaria people were usually surprised by the fact I chose to come to a country which is so close to my own. Actually my aim when I was looking for an EVS project was to find one which will coincide with my interests, so I would be keen to be involved in it. I wanted a dynamic and creative project which would be challenging and interesting for me. So now at the end of my EVS I can admit I succeeded in fulfilling this aim. 
I stayed in Romania for 4 months and here how it was: 6 international volunteers; one apartment; a roommate; Cluj-Napoca; a lot of adjusting; team building; on-arrival training; non-formal learning; Easter; and then Easter again; 12 events; a lot of planning and organizing; pushing limits; SNV; evaluation; Flashmob; holiday/adventure; camping; reports; Youthpass… hmm leaving? 
 

 Sophie Schneider
 Project: 123 days!
 Duration: 1/03/2012 - 30/06/2012
 Cluj-Napoca, Romania

 My name is Sophie, I am 18 years old and I come from a small town in the south of Germany.
 I am a volunteer of the Centrul de Voluntariat, working together with five other international volunteers  here in Cluj. Our mission was to promote volunteering through organising twelve different events for  the National Volunteering Week.
 How I ended up in Cluj Napoca?
 Well, after having finished highschool last year, the only thing I knew for sure is that I want to travel, do something useful and experience new things. So I decided to take a gap year to go abroad.
Luckily I found this amazing project and had the chance to discover Romania (a country I basically knew nothing about) and be part of the Centrul's team for four months.
It was one of the best experiences of my life! It changed my perspective, I learned so many things, gained a lot of experience and made some really great friends! I feel very grateful for having had this opportunity to spend my EVS here, it was simply incredible!
 

 Adrian Moreno Garcia
 Project: 123 days!
 Duration: 1/03/2012 - 30/06/2012
 Cluj-Napoca, Romania

 After I finished my studies in June '11, I was a bit confused and I didn't know what it could be the  next step to move on. A friend of mine told me about EVS. My first answer was 'What is EVS?'. In that  moment I started to research about what EVS means and I found a sending organization in my   hometown and they answered me all the doubts I had and helped me to find a project and I came  to Romania. People can't stop asking me 'Why Romania?' and I always answer 'Why not?'.
EVS is a perfect opportunity to take a break of your routines and do something you really care about. Living in a multicultural environment, meeting new people, enjoying a new culture and a new country are just a little part of what EVS means and everyone should discover it by themselves.


 Johanne Stenstrup
 Project: 123 days!
 Duration: 1/03/2012 - 30/06/2012
 Cluj-Napoca, Romania

 I am 20 years old and after almost two years of working, I needed break and something different.  Though EVS is not a travel, but a work experience, it is still different.
 What brought me to romania was not the promise of ever barking dogs, cheep bear and wonderful  people, since I knew nothing of those things before I came. It was the project that would allow me to  explore new talents and realise some of my crazy ideas - I thought. And I was right.
 During my stay in Cluj I have been involved in arranging 13 events, including carrying out Romania’s  very first large scale yarn bombing and teaching young people how to enjoy knitting and crocheting. I  also helped arrange a skills sharing day, where every body showed they had a talent to share.
I have lived side by side with 5 great people from all over Europe and this taught me possibly more than the work did. Both about myself and them, and about us as a group.
Thanks for the experience!
 

 Vaida Svobunaite
 Project: 123 days!
 Duration: 1/03/2012 - 30/06/2012
 Cluj-Napoca, Romania

 Searching for perfect EVS project sometimes might be as difficult as getting new job. For  me it was quite the opposite – it just fell down from heaven. Right before I got accepted I  barely knew what’s that EVS and how does it work. But perfect conditions and good  recommendations made me consider taking part, and now I would do that again and again and again. Volunteering in Romania was like a challenge for me, not only because of the country where I haven’t been to and I barely knew about, but also new challenge related to the project. However, in the end of everything I can truly reveal – volunteer experience changed my attitude to different things 180 degrees. I got the opportunity to get into huge variety of activities, which made me appreciate things much more than I did before. I got the opportunity to do mistakes and learn from them, to discover brand new things about myself that I didn’t even know before.
So for many reasons volunteering in Romania changed my life, I’m sure this experience is going to open a lot of doors in my future.
 

Sarah Foster
Project: DO! DO! DO! It's time for YOU!
Duration: 01/02/2011 - 31/05/2011 
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

 
I have searched for a long time for the right place to volunteer abroad, and Romania seemed an exciting destination. A new experience was about to come and an adventure I much needed, as this was something I could not do during my practice or if I had a steady job.
At the end of my project, my choice seemed inspired: the program allowed me to enter a multicultural environment in which I ac
quired new abilities and perspective, helped the community and made many friends. For me, being a volunteer in Romania has been challenging, fascinating, fun, educational and an experience that I will always treasure.
I have searched for a long time for the right place to volunteer abroad, and Romania seemed an exciting destination. A new experience was about to come and an adventure I much needed, as this was something I could not do during my practice or if I had a steady job.
At the end of my project, my choice seemed inspired: the program allowed me to enter a multicultural environment in which I acquired new abilities and perspective, helped the community and made many friends. For me, being a volunteer in Romania has been challenging, fascinating, fun, educational and an experience that I will always treasure.
 
 

Maria Tasheva
Project: DO! DO! DO! It’s time for YOU!
Duration: 01/02/2011 - 31/05/2011
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Volunteering has changed my life in many ways – it made me understand freedom in a different way; it gave me the opportunity to spend energy and time for the things that are important to me, in which I believe and for which I have always found motivation.
People often ask: "You are Bulgarian! Why did you choose Romania?" My answer is that the country is not important. I wanted to become a volunteer, it was my choice! The country, the work, the fun, the Volunteer Centre, the people, other volunteers, the culture... these things come with my choice. I will always remember them and use what I have learned in the future! Be STRONG, VOLUNTEER!

Katharina Wendlik
Project: DO! DO! DO! It’s time for YOU!
Duration: 01/02/2011 - 31/05/2011
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

After graduating in June 2010, my head was full of theoretical stuff such as Algebra, English, Latin or chemical formulas. While I was wondering how I would gain some life experience and a bit more independence while doing something useful at the same time, someone told me about the EVS programme.
"Here is something that would suit me perfectly", I said to myself, and several months later I was already in Romania, at the Cluj-Napoca Volunteer Centre. Something new was coming my way. Maybe the most important lesson I’ve learnt during the project was related to how one can put an idea into practice, which for me meant organizing, together with other foreign volunteers, the National Volunteer Week. Of course I was also very excited to meet other volunteers and to experience culture, people and landscapes.

Fabio Mascialino
Project: DO! DO! DO! It’s time for YOU!
Duration: 01/02/2011 - 31/05/2011
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

I felt very lucky to be given the opportunity to live and volunteer for four months in Cluj-Napoca. I actually had a double experience: I was a volunteer and also an intercultural explorer.
I met new people and a new country. Volunteer work allowed me to overcome some of my limits, to enhance my creativity and to gather experience in different areas.
In Cluj I was able to express myself better than I did at home, and organizing the National Volunteer Week was a unique opportunity to get involved in activities I couldn’t have joined in a different context.

Edita Noreikaite
Project: DO! DO! DO! It’s time for YOU!
Duration: 01/02/2011 - 31/05/2011
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

I heard about EVS for the first time in Serbia, where I participated in a training, and I said to myself that I need to experience international volunteer work myself.
Finding a volunteering opportunity in Cluj was perfect for me for many reasons: I already had many friends in Romania which I had met during some youth exchanges and in the US, it was a 4-month project, the right period for me and I wanted to work in an NGO. I was also very interested in learning to organize events.
Last, but not least, I like teamwork and this volunteering stage included an international group made up of eight people from six different countries working and living together. Moreover, the Romanian language seemed beautiful and I had never seen mountains before, all the reasons to choose Romania and have a good project here.

Bo Alkemade
Project: DO! DO! DO! It’s time for YOU!
Duration: 01/02/2011 - 31/05/2011
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

"Adventure", "challenge" and "learning" are the keywords for my motivation to become a volunteer in Cluj. The idea of going to a different country, in a place I’ve only seen on the World Atlas, without knowing anyone there seemed like a great adventure.
The challenge was to start life from zero in Cluj, on a limited budget and to make things work in a different country as a volunteer.
Even if we learn all the time, I believe we need energy and time to reflect on what we learn, how we learn and why we learn certain things. I personally have done something good with my time when I decided to make a small change in the life of others, who may live in less favourable conditions. That is why I joined EVS.

Regimantas Puida
Project: DO! DO! DO! It’s time for YOU!
Duration: 01/02/2011 - 31/05/2011
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Being a volunteer means, above all, discovering yourself. You might believe you know yourself very well, but being away from home, family, friends, in a completely different environment will show you that you can still surprise yourself.
You have the opportunity to look back and see things from a different perspective: you may discover you don’t like that much the things you were doing or, on the contrary, that they are exactly what you desire to do.
You may discover that you have abilities you never thought you did. But for all these you need courage. Being a part of EVS is like being in a balloon – you are in a new, completely different reality. And when the service is over, the balloon pops and you return to your initial world. And it is not easy. But joining EVS means opening your eyes, and I enjoy every day the fact that I decided to be here.

Johana Steigenberger
Project: DO! DO! DO! It’s time for YOU!
Duration: 01/02/2011 - 31/05/2011
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

I have been interested in Romania for many years. I wanted to get to know this country – the Romanian language, culture, history and politics.
I tried to learn Romanian in my country – an objective very difficult to achieve, because there are no available Romanian language courses in Austria (for many Austrians, Romania is an unknown country somewhere in the "Far East"). In the summer of 2010 I found out by chance that an organization in Cluj is looking for eight international volunteers for a 4-month project. I applied and – lucky me! – I was accepted.
Our objective was to organize the National Volunteer Week 2011, which took place on May 9 – 15, 2011. The activities allowed me to get to know other organizations and associations in Cluj working in the social, educational, ecologic and cultural fields. I learned to organize events, to work in a team, to deliver presentations in front of large audiences and so much more. This has been a very interesting and positive experience for me. I want to live in a world with a multitude of cultures and languages, where people enjoy freedom of thought, beliefs and culture.
I believe a volunteering service abroad is a great opportunity (not only for youth) to get to know a different country and to learn tolerance, respect and solidarity. On the long run, I believe the EVS programme will contribute to a Europe "United in Diversity". My project allowed me to get to know a small part of Romania. There is still much more to discover – I must return here.

Laura Romer
Project: Our children, ouf future!
Duration: 15.09.2010-15.09.2011
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Hey, I am Laura and I am from Koln, Germany. I am 18 and I graduated high-school in June 2010. I decided to enrol in an EVS programme because I wanted to have the time to think about what I want to do in life.
My project is "Our children, our Future" and I am involved in activities of the Familia Regasita Association, where we hold the children’s club from Monday to Friday together with Antonia.
After almost four months in Cluj I feel at home and I am sure it will be very hard to leave in September 2011. I recommend this kind of programme to everybody, it is an unique opportunity.

Antonia Fatkenheuer
Project: Our children, ouf future!
Duration: 15.09.2010-15.09.2011
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Hi! I am Antonia, I am 19 and I have been living in Cluj since September 2010. I came here after graduating high-school in Köln, Germany.
I have been looking for a volunteer project in Romania working with children before going to university and I was lucky to be able to join "Our children, our Future" project.
I am involved in the activities of Familia Regasita Association in Cluj, where I work as a volunteer together with Laura. The description of the project touched me and, after hearing about Cluj from past volunteers, I decided that I must come. It is now my new home.

I work in the children’s club, where we have about 20 children every day. They come here to do their homework, to play and to join us for special activities. I like working with children and being part of our team. I can imagine doing this in the future too.
The European Voluntary Service is a great opportunity to learn new things, meet new people, see new ways of life, new cultures and – of course – learn new languages. I am looking forward to the next months in this project.

Mojca Slatinek
Project: Our children, ouf future!
Duration: 02.10.2010-15.07.2011
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

My name is Mojca and I come from Slovenia. I am 27 years old and I have been a volunteer in Cluj-Napoca since September 2010. The project I am involved in is called "Our children, our Future". Together with other two volunteers, I teach road safety and multicultural lessons in 14 rural schools in Cluj County.
Projects such as this one give us the opportunity to learn more about other cultures and people’s way of life.
The project theme is very interesting because road safety is very important in general, and so is children’s safety, because they are our future.  Considering the high number of traffic incidents, it is very important to educate children starting from a young age, and this project has an excellent approach.

Lucie Baptiste
Project: Our children, ouf future!
Duration: 15.05.2010-15.07.2011
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

My name is Lucie and I am from France. We are three volunteers in the "Our children, our Future" project, in which we teach road safety in schools. EVS has been one of my dreams for a long time. I found this project and it is perfect for me, as I had wanted to go to Romania for at least one year.
It is wonderful to work with volunteers from all over Europe. EVS allows you to meet great people, volunteers but also people in the host organization and host country. My project gives me the opportunity to learn from others, to open up and discover a new way of life.


Daniel Santos Fraga
Project: Our children, ouf future!
Duration: 15.07.2010-15.07.2011
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Hi, I am Fraga and I come from Lisbon, Portugal. I am 24 and I worked as a jeweller in Portugal. I lived in Cluj-Napoca between July 2010 and July 2011. When I heard about the European Voluntary Service I had to choose between Romania and Denmark.
I chose Romania because it seemed more interesting to discover a different culture, as the Portuguese know little about Romania.
Now I can say I am very happy with my choice because I like my activities, the project, the team and the present I received, that is many new friends.
The project I am involved in is called "Our children, our Future" and our work is to teach road safety in 14 rural schools. I liked very much the fact that at the end of each class kids understood the importance of the things we taught them. I will never forget their smiles.

Annalisa Desi
Project: Our children, ouf future!
Duration: 15.05.2010-01.10.2010
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Hello, my name is Annalisa but all my friends call me Lisa. I am from Italy and I am 27. In the summer of 2010 I had the amazing opportunity to participate in an EVS project at the Cluj-Napoca Volunteer Centre. During this project I worked together with other two volunteers in the “Our children, our Future” project, which involved teaching road safety to children in 14 rural communities in Cluj County.
Moreover, I had the chance to get involved in other activities such as teambuilding together with all volunteers in Hunedoara, organizing of a book collection and other initiatives. From my point of view, one of the most important things in this experience was my personal growth.
I met many fantastic people from which I learned new attitudes, abilities and ways of seeing and discovering other cultures. Besides, I was exposed to a new culture, the Romanian one, and visited a large part of this beautiful country. I thank all those who supported us and especially the CNVC team.

Tom Verchick
Project: Bring out the child in you!
Duration: 15.05.2010-15.03.2011
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Hi, my name is Tom Verchick, I am 25 and I am from Israel. I became an EVS volunteer with Cluj-Napoca Volunteer Centre in May 2010. I am very happy to have the opportunity to do volunteer work and work with hospitalized children in Cluj.
I love working with children and sometimes their parents too join in our activities. We are involved in many activities, such as puppet plays, Dr. Clown, origami, painting or drawing.
We created a special suit for Dr. Clown, a coloured shirt that children love. Sometimes we sing together in English or Romanian or I read to them from a book that I always carry with me. Kids enjoy these activities and forget the medical problems they have, so our time together goes by quickly.
I love my work also because I meet interesting people - I live together with other volunteers from Slovenia, France and Germany, which is a new thing for me. Cluj is a beautiful city; I wish I didn't have to leave...

Leyla Ozen
Project: Bring out the child in you!
Duration: 15.05.2010-15.03.2011
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Hello, my name is Leyla and I come from a small town in the Southeast of Germany. I graduated high-school in March 2010 and in May I came to Romania to work with Cluj-Napoca Volunteer Centre.
I congratulate myself every minute for applying for this project – I loved working with children in the “Bring Out the Child in You” project. I learned many things, I travelled more than ever, I went to the theatre, I went out with friends, I cooked, read or tried different sports. You wouldn’t believe it but I milked a cow too, for the experience to be complete.
In the “Bring Out the Child in You” project my colleagues and I spend four days a week in children’s hospitals in Cluj, where we play with the children. We paint together, we tell them stories and we sing. I will never forget the months spent here!

Murat Yildiz
Project: Bring out the child in you!
Duration: 15.06.2010-15.03.2011
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Hi, I am Murat Yildiz and I come from Turkey. I came to Romania in June 2010 and I am here for ten months. My activity is at the Children's Hospital in Cluj, as part of the “Bring Out the Child in You” project.
I decided to come to Romania and work in this project because in Turkey I worked as a children’s photographer and interacted with kids a lot. This allowed me to see their innocence and inner beauty.
In Cluj I go to the hospital every day and I try to make children smile and forget for a while that they are hospitalised. Together with the other volunteers we organise face painting, origami, puppet plays and painting lessons.
I even try to tell them stories in Romanian or teach them a little English, but in our case the students (the children) became teachers for me.
The EVS stage is a perfect experience for me – I saw an amazing world! Of course, not everything is in pink, but life means other colours too. For sure, one can learn something from everything! I also have my wonderful mentor's support, who made things so much easier. She helped me feel safe, gave me energy and because of her I never felt alone.
Romania is a second home to me. I will never forget this period and for sure I will return many times to visit my friends and Cluj-Napoca Volunteer Centre.

Marianna Rosa
Project: Bring out the child in you!
Duration: 15.05.2010-17.10.2010
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Hi, I am Marianna and I come from the South of Italy. I decided to join EVS in Romania very quickly, without plans and too many questions. My project in Cluj-Napoca was a fantastic experience but first I want to tell you about my overall experience in Romania, and then about the project.
The CNVC team is fantastic and so are the other volunteers. We accomplished many things together, we went to the mountains, and I visited a beautiful village with my mentor, Ramona and the other volunteers. I met many people and made many friends, with whom I travelled a lot in my spare time. I also learned to cook a few Romanian specialties together with my mentor and my Romanian language teacher. Often all volunteers and the CNVC team dined together at our home.
The project I am involved in is called “Bring Out the Child in You”; it is developed in four wards of the Children’s Hospital in Cluj-Napoca. Together with the other volunteers, I go over there four times a week and I am involved in recreational activities together with the kids. Four volunteers from four different countries are involved in this project, and even from the start we were the ones to decide what kind of activities we were going to have with the children. The project offered us many possibilities to experiment with new things, and our project coordinator also offered us the opportunity to learn new abilities.
It was lovely to go to the hospital while we didn’t speak Romanian yet because everybody there was curious about us since we were foreigners and we often had the chance to tell them about our countries. My whole Romanian experience was beautiful, full of nature’s wonders, history and very welcoming people.
This was my first experience in a foreign country and I recommend that other volunteers go to Romania as well and join EVS – it is a special opportunity that will allow us to build a better future, while volunteers have the chance to develop. I thank all the CVCN team.

Ligita Zeikate
Project: Invata de la TV (Tineri Voluntari)!
Duration: 01.03.2010-01.09.2010
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

My name is Ligita, I am from Lithuania and I was 19 when I worked as an EVS volunteer in Romania with the Cluj-Napoca Volunteer Centre. I decided to be a volunteer immediately after school, because I thought it would be an important life experience and also a much-needed break between high-school and university.
Many people gave me strange looks but I don’t regret my choice. My project was called “Invata de la TV (Tineri Voluntari)!” and my task was to promote volunteer work locally.
We organised National Volunteer Week 2010, a week during which we held many different events, such as a children’s day, a trip with the elderly, forest cleaning and so on.
We also organised the first "Living Library" in Cluj and we created a blog about us where we told our adventures. I know it sounds strange but volunteer work changed me and I know I will volunteer in the future too, no matter in which area, what place and what people will be involved.

Domitille Crenn
Project: Invata de la TV (Tineri Voluntari)!
Duration: 01.03.2010-17.09.2010
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Hi, I am Domitille or Domi and I will tell you a few things about my EVS service. Before coming to Romania I graduated university, specialising in Geography. I had no idea about what I wanted to do next and I strongly wanted to go to a foreign country again.
I had been involved for a long time in different organisations in France, so it made sense to become an EVS volunteer. I chose Romania because I had never been to Eastern Europe and this region was very attractive to me. I don't regret the choice I made!
When I came to Romania I was 20 and very motivated (I still am) so I really enjoyed the activities at Cluj-Napoca Volunteer Centre through which we tried to encourage youth to participate in the development of their own community. We were in permanent contact with other local organisations, which allowed me to feel very integrated.
In the end, in a few words, it was super!

Ervin Jelnikar
Project: Invata de la TV (Tineri Voluntari)!
Duration: 01.03.2010-10.09.2010
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

When Ervin arrived it was the spring of 2010; a little boy from Slovenia – that small country in the centre of Europe – who decided to experiment an unknown world, far away from home.
If you want to ask why, let me finish my story. Some of you already know that when you reach the age of 26 a major decision may come up. Hamlet would say: "To be or not to be"! Well, I decided to be and I did it.
Today, more and more people consider volunteer work, but to many of them this concept is still a mystery – as it was to me at the beginning. Each person has his or her reasons for choosing volunteer work. I personally am in love with geography and history.
That’s why I chose this little paradise that is not accessible to everyone but that can contribute to all the world’s wonders.
The environment motivated me even more to work in this project that consisted in promoting volunteer work. It might seem that I digress, but what is volunteer work truly? To help others and mainly to help yourself! My involvement in the programme gave me amazing experiences on different levels, exceeding my expectations.
On the other side it is very difficult to leave. All the friends I made and things I did will become part of the past. The bad thing is that it doesn’t last forever, but what does? However, this shouldn’t be an impediment for my readers. Go and see for yourselves – I hope you will gain beautiful memories too.

Niina Loiv
Project: Invata de la TV (Tineri Voluntari)!
Duration: 01.03.2010-01.05.2010
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

“Ce faci?” This is the first question I learned in my volunteer work in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. My name is Niina and I am from Estonia – you now probably ask yourselves where this country is. Well, good luck finding it on the map!
Before coming to Romania, I graduated university specializing in "Librarian and Information Studies". After graduation I couldn't find a job and a friend told me about the opportunity to do volunteer work.
It was a new experience for me, I was afraid but nonetheless I wanted to do something different with my life. The project consisted in promoting the European Voluntary Service among Romanian youth aged 18 to 30 who may consider going to a different country, learning a different language and making foreign friends.
If you really want to experience something new and fun, try EVS and you will not regret it! Keep your mind open, be adventurous and discover your hidden part. I challenge you to go!


Matthieu Morrisse
Project: Invata de la TV (Tineri Voluntari)!
Duration: 01.03.2010-15.06.2010
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Once upon a time there was a beautiful country: Romania – the place where dreams meet reality and the heart can express itself. In order to volunteer, one must always keep in mind the saying: "You are in action" while the verb "to be" is in everything that surrounds you.
As a volunteer you must imagine the world without borders and a place where you can embrace new ideas every day.
During my EVS service in Cluj-Napoca I collaborated with an international team, and together with another volunteer I taught road safety and multicultural lessons to children in three schools. We collaborated with open-minded teachers who supported us in our activities.
We the volunteers lived and travelled together as we discovered the country in which we were living. Living in another country gave us the opportunity to discover new cultures, to think and learn a new language and to see the world with different eyes. We shared life experiences among ourselves and learned to live together.
The magic thing was to collaborate with other volunteers and learn how cooperation can be an answer to the difficulties that people face.As a volunteer I became more optimistic and learned to hope for “a new, braver world”, where each person can listen and help. I thank the entire CNVC team and the volunteers for my EVS stage!

Rima Martirosyan
Project: Invata de la TV (Tineri Voluntari)!
Duration: 01.03.2010-25.10.2010
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Hi, I am Rima and I come from Armenia. I arrived in Romania in March 2010 and was there until October 2010. When I got there it was more difficult than I imagined because I wasn’t speaking English, but very kind people helped me communicate.
In time, I learned English and managed to communicate easier with the volunteers. Our project was “Invata de la TV (Tineri Voluntari)!” and it allowed us, the volunteers to organise the National Volunteer Week 2010 and other activities.
I learned many things and I can say that EVS helped my personal growth a lot. I recommend volunteer work to all youth!


Meline Bagdhasaryan
Project: Invata de la TV (Tineri Voluntari)!
Duration: 01.03.2010-25.10.2010
Cluj-Napoca, Romania

Hello, I am Meline, I am 22 and I am from Armenia. I have been a volunteer for eight months in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. The project I was involved in was called “Invata de la TV(Tineri Voluntari)!”. The hardest part for me was to arrive to<