I, Dita Mancevica, started this project and arrived in Romania, Sfantu Gheorghe (Sepsiszentgyorgy) on 15th of April 2011. My sending organization in Latvia is “Bernu un Jauniesu muzikas klubs (BJMK)” and hosting organization in Romania “Federaţia Organizaţiilor Civile din Judeţul Covasna (CIVEK)”. After arriving I was introduced with my mentor Anna Toth with who I kept contact and arranged meetings during the whole period of my project. I’m very happy about the choice of my mentor, we had a good contact, she was very open to help and interested in my activities and life here. I didn’t had any serious problems, during my project, so there was no help needed from my mentor, but I’m sure, if there would be anything, she would be able to help me to solve anything. On 24th of April I took On-Arrival training for Volunteers in Predeal, organized by Romanian Nation Agency in which I was participating in many different activities with the goal to prepare myself psychologically for a life in multicultural and international environment and to inform about structure of European Voluntary Service, share fears, expectations and learn about problem and conflict solving, national culture, history and traditions about this region.
In May I started to have Hungarian language lessons which periodically continued until January 2012. In this learning period I have learned only basics of the language, it was more concentrated on grammar and structure of the language, that’s why I don’t feel confident about using language for making dialogs, expressing my feelings or writing. But I’m able to understand the context of conversation if I pay attention to it and can do some basic conversation, using some phrases, for shopping in a market or asking directions on street. Language training was provided to me in a very good level, I had a good contact with my teacher, I was provided with all the learning materials which were needed. I enjoyed learning process and found language interesting for me.
In June I started to introduce myself with the main object of my activities – Sepsi Greenway. I took an excursion to a part of it to see hoe it looks in real life and then we started to work on “Be active on Sepsi greenway!” project – brainstorming ideas, putting together activities and started to write an application for it. Also in June I organized children drawing exhibition „Szülőföldem Székelyföld”, visited Nagy Mozes Elmeleti Liceum in Kezdivasarhely and “Change Direction – YMCA” camp of Transylvania Festival in Sovata in order to present EVS to youth, I spent two days with our mentor Anna from organization „Diakónia”, helping her with one of her events and participated in team building activities, visited Barót with presentation about EVS and Latvia.
In July I participated in Nemere Utja camp organized by neighbor organization Zold Nap, about improving greenway. It was useful to have experience with that because we did similar thing later in our project.
During July I visited many various organizations (as Székely National Museum Foundation, Kálmán László Mycological Society, Philadelphia Pro Familia), CIVEK members, in order to get to know about their service. While visiting, I helped out and participated with their activities, I cleaned up mushroom house in Şugaş Băi, prepared materials for mushroom exhibition and couple of times I took a part in activities with disabled children.
September was full with activities about promoting, organizing and realizing project “Be active on Sepsi Greenway!”. Full report about implementation of the project is published here – http://ro.evolveandinvolve.ro/?p=39 .
In the end of September I took a part in Mid-term training for volunteers in Predeal, where I did evaluation about my project activities and shared experience with other volunteers in Romania.
In October I started work with introducing information to community card database, which I continued to work on until the end of my project. In the middle of month I participated in World War cleaning activity, after that I helped other volunteer Miks to make an informative video about that activity.
In November for several days I worked with local scout association in Christmas workshop and did a presentation about EVS and Latvia in Kezdivasarhely.
In December I worked on informative brochure about Sepsi greenway, did a presentation about my volunteering activities in project.
In January I also did a presentation about organizational part of project “Be active on Sepsi greenway!” in training, organized by EMI and I helped to organize and realize Ice Skating Carnival for kids.
During the whole project period, I took care of a part of bookkeeping and kept active our newly made blog webpage https://evscivek.wordpress.com/ .
In conclusion, I have no disappointments at all about realization of this project. I think this project carried out everything that was written and promised before, nothing more and nothing less.
My personal development has improved, during this year, I feel more open and sure about myself. Sometimes it was hard for me to improve my social skills, because I’m not that communicative, talkative and open as a person, but I needed to overcome it while dealing with people with different mentalities.
As a new skills for a future job I can mention, that I have gained experience about project writing and realising, fundraising, l have learned have to work with different picture and video processing progams.
My knowledge of different cultures is one of the main things that I have gain participating in this program. During this year I have met a person from almost every European (and not only) country, which would be hard to do in any other way. So now I have more knowledge and tolerance for different cultures, traditions, religions and besides that, I had a chance to know how my country look from a side and look to it from a different perspective.
I have become more tolerant as a person and more active as a citizen and I definitely have gain more knowledge and respect about local community here, in this region, and I think that I have succeed in making a good contact with people here.
My cooperation with Sending and Hosting organizations were very good, if I had questions, I got answers I needed and I felt the support from them. I didn’t have any serious problems about anything during my service, so I can say that this project with all the tasks and activities was a success for me. I’m happy and satisfied about my personal results after this long time project and I don’t regret my choice.
I recommend EVS to others, because in one year, working as volunteer in a different country, is possible to learn more that in three years in high school. It is a good chance to take some time off, out of used comfort zone and environment, during this time it is easier to set priorities. Being a volunteer helps individual as a person and at the same time it helps community and other people.