THE EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME

Today begins my last two weeks in this wonderful experience in Romania. Actually, everything changed. I lived what I wanted to live. I’ve seen what I wanted to see. Finally, I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish. Moreover, this experience changed my life. From the top of my 19 years old, I didn’t expect to live such a good experience, you know the kind of experience who change your way to see the world. Many doors have opened, few have closed.

My main purpose was to teach my mother tongue and also to teach in HighSchool. This association allowed me to realize all of my goals and I am very proud of what I have done. From March to June, I worked in different HighSchool and I could share my culture and my passion of my country with the students through different lessons such as culture and civilization, which means to discover what do we do in France, what do we eat, also how do we occupy our days etc .. I could see in their eyes how much they were curious to learn more about a real frenchy and this is a success to my eyes. You know, before I came here, I was not very proud of my country. I mean this experience of teaching my culture made me realize how lucky I am to live in a developed country. Beside this, I organized different events, to promote Erasmus+ for example. When I told them how much it’s easy to travel in this world, they were amazed but in the same time, they were kind of disapointed because they believed that at their scale, they were not too good to experience this. That’s why my main conclusion was that everything is possible and there are no barriers nowhere. Then I also organized an Intercultural night. Talking about countries, eating traditional food etc .. During this event, in June so after 4 months, I realized how much I changed, how much I involved.

French lesson in Calderon (2)Bratianu schoolActivities in Bucharest On arrival training
I realized that I was really comfortable to speak in front of an audience that I didn’t even know. This experience allowed myself to improved lots of skills. I improved my teamworking, working everyday with my roomates to brainstorm about what we have to do, but also my confidence, and I’m very happy to be able to speak in public, no matters how many people, no matters about what, I’m confident and I’m so proud of this. Moreover, I learned about myself. Actually, I grew up mentally so fast and it’s because we are from different cultures, living in the same house in a new country so everyday I learn a lot. I have adapted myself and today, I am able to speak several languages, to manage different situations etc ..

Personally, even if Romania wasn’t my choice, it’s the best experience of my life. I discovered a country with a huge cultural difference, with new language, new currency, everything was new. I adapted myself, and from the beginning, I felt like at home. People are warm, the atmosphere around Timisoara is excellent and in short, I live the best time of my young life
After this experience, my family is more than ever proud of what I accomplished. Even if at the beginning they were very anxious for me, they realized later that I have to do what makes me happy, specially this experience abroad. After this experience, I won’t come back home. New projects arrived and I realized here that I have to do what makes me happy as I said.
In two weeks everything will be finish but for sure, I will never forget this wonderful experience, I will never forget the wonderful people I lived with. They are my family now. I am sad to leave this experience but I look forward to begin my new life. And if I had to do it again, nothing would changed except that 6 months was finally too short.

  • I would like to do a special thanks to all of the people who shared this experience with me. First of all, to my roomates.
    Steve, the french guy who taught me how to partying hard. Actually, it’s the greatest guy I ever met in my life. No matter when, no matter where and no matter for what, he has that smile which make you smile as well.
    Alex, the spanish guy, he used to call me “Hermanito”, which means “little brother” and it makes sense because he is always here to help me in whatever I need. He is always happy and always manage to do the best he can. By the way, thank you dude to taught me how to cook spanish food! :)
    Jesus, the other spanish guy. He used to make us laugh in the house. He improved a lot during this experience and I’m happy to see that he is enjoying now.
     Oliver and Ferdinand, the two Parisian guys who joined us in May, for two months. Ferdinand is someone so funny, always smiling and ready to follow you in everything you want to undertake. Olivier is someone very philosophical I would say. I really appreciated to talk with him sometimes during almost hours about deep subjects. Very ambitious, I wish him to success in his life. And I will never forget his special way to dance!
     Anna, the Italian girl. We called her “la Mama” because she is the oldest person in the house! I will never forget her, she is such a good soul and oh god such a good cook ! We used to joke about her age and it was very funny to see her reaction each time. I wish you the best Anna and see you in Napoli !
     Otilija, the lithuanian girl. Just the best meet of my EVS. I didn’t expect to find someone who has so much common points with me. From the beginning we caught the feeling between us which brought us closer. Always laughing and very smart, it was a real pleasure to discover more about Lithuania.(Yes its a country!) I’m look forward to begin my new life with her.

Thank you to my association :

 Andreea the president who allowed me to do this incredible experience. I wish her to success in all her projects, she deserves all the love in this world for what she works for.

Marina the coordinator who was all the time here to support us in every situation, such a wonderful soul, I will never forget her.

Lore the Romanian teacher. Learn a new language with her seemed very easy thanks to her way to teach. All the courses had been realized in a great atmosphere. She is a very good person. Multumesc frumos Lore !

Alberto the mentor. He has been a real support during this EVS. Talking with him was always a pleasure. I have to admit that it was easy to manage with a such wonderful family we are! Thank you for all the laugh I had with you!

Nothing would be possible without you. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

It was the experience of a lifetime.

Volunteer FriendsFirst meeting with new volunteers

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