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December 2013

Romania: a summary   (published in Romania)

December 18, 2013 by   Comments(2)


   For so long, it seemed the day would never come. And yet here it is, only three days from the time I leave. If I sit down and think hard, I can remember arriving in Romania back in September. Having acclimated to life in Romania, I now have to ready myself to get re-acclimated back to life in small-town U.S.A.. Goodbye Covrigi, hello donut. So long autobus, hello again automobile. Having never been out of North America for such a great length of time, I am curious and a little anxious about returning to life in a very different home. 

   Today I finished my work at the school. There was even more noise than usual today, due to the usual end-of-semester eagerness on the part of the students. My own eagerness for the end of the semester is somewhat tempered by the knowledge that this means having to leave the students, teachers, and familiar surroundings of the past few months. During my time here, I grew in my knowledge of both the subject material and more importantly what I would call "classroom dynamics": where do students struggle, how to avoid those areas, and most importantly, classroom control. Some times the learning process was unpleasant for me, even discouraging. But now I know that I'm much better prepared to go forward should I choose to do this kind of work once again.

   Outside of the classroom, I was far from bored. Aside from the city of Brasov itself, I was able to see some of Transylvania as well. Had I the time and money, I would have seen much more. A weekend trip to Budapest, Hungary was also something I wouldn't have imagined possible at a not-so-distant point in the past. The presence of other volunteers here also meant that there was usually someone else to do something with no matter when or what time of day or night.

   My position here in Romania was as a classroom assistant. While technically serving in the role of a teacher, I was also something of a learner as well. Whether it was learning a new classroom technique, taking in the local sights, or just meeting someone new, I have gained much in the way of both knowledge and experience. I know that wherever and whenever my next adventure may come, I will have profited greatly by my time in Brasov.

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Romania: a summary
Romania: a summary

Care Update written by Jen Assam (care & medicine volunteer)   (published in Romania)

December 18, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Someone asked me the other day if I was able to fall in love yet in Romania. It took me a second to realize I had, seven times in fact, with the seven beautiful children I’ve had the pleasure of working with at the orphanage. I came here with little expectations, but with an open mind. Through my time working as a care volunteer this open mind was soon filled with many wonderful experiences and emotions.


On the very first day they took me in and made me their own. I was welcomed with lung collapsing hugs and dreadlocks, as they insisted I let them play with my hair (these were 8 year old boys mind you). However, at the end of the day I was beaming with pride at the fact they don’t do this for “just anyone”. True, pure human connections I find are such a rare and beautiful thing in today’s world and I was fortunate enough to make seven of them at once. The funny thing is I didn’t speak a lick of Romanian. This was only prof that my connection to these children was beyond superficial and touched a more profound level of human consciousness.  I believe the enlightenment of this experience has been provided through the open mind and enthusiasm I packed for this trip. One must not be afraid to get and give hugs, to attempt to communicate, to be goofy, to jump in and do the dishes, and essentially pretend you’ve been there the whole time.


I recommend this volunteer experience to anyone. If you don’t think you’re ready, you’ll grow and if you think you’re ready, you’ll be amazed at what you can learn.  I attempted to construct daily lesson plans that were sometimes put to use, but be prepared to think on your feet because the children often have plans of their own that do not involve sitting. You must have patience and have faith in the reasons why you are here. This will give you the strength to get over any difficulty of the trip ranging from homesickness to contending with the public transportation system in my case. The energy you bring to the job will undoubtedly be returned.  A volunteer will only get as much as they put into the experience. So come, put your whole heart in and watch the new life unfold before you. A life with a new understanding of the kindness of the human spirit, of the resiliency of children and perhaps gifts of your own you did not know you possess.

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Care Update written by Jen Assam (care & medicine volunteer)
Care Update written by Jen Assam (care & medicine volunteer)

Friday 13, A Lucky Magical Day (written by Ali Ichim)   (published in Romania)

December 13, 2013 by   Comments(0)

For us, the members of Projects Abroad Romania, Friday 13 was an amazing and magical day!


Two weeks ago, when we started sorting the donations and sharing the products for all the foster homes in Tarlungeni and Budila, Georgiana and I took the responsibility to become Santa's Elves for this year's Winter Season. We made everything with a lot of enthusiasm, after receiving the amazingly huge donation from our former dance volunteer, Claudia Sekira and her cousin Patricia De Mare, on the 27th of November, by wishing to make everything possible till Christmas.


And so, our journey as elves started with us two sorting out hundreds of clothes, shoes, underwear, socks, slippers, toys, books, personal hygiene products, gloves, hats, bags, puzzles, office supplies, games, balls, freebees, wallets, stuffed toys and many other small items.It was a great process, even funny sometimes, as neither me, nor Georgiana know sizes of clothing that fit children, according to their ages. It was funny when we took each piece of clothing and we thought they would fit a certain age, usually being wrong about it. For example, we were looking at a jacket and thinking it would fit a 6 year old. The amuzing part was that, when we looked on the lable, that particular piece of clothing was for a 2-3 year's so obvious we are not mothers yet, or that we haven't bought too many clothes for kids in our lives. Anyway, the sorting process was very hard sometimes, as we stored all packages and boxes in our volunteers' room. The problem was that this room is always used for other activities, such as drama workshops or, it is even the office for our journalism volunteers. So, sometimes, we needed to move around all boxes and bags, just to clear the space and not disturb the daily activities. All in all, among the funny moments, the difficult times or the different lists and inventories that we made every day, it took us in total 5 days to sort everything out.


After these amazing days of sharing clothes and underwear, sweets and treets, games and books, we were extremely happy when we thought of the reaction of the children. Therefore, we started the 'Big Delivery'. For one of the care placements, we took my car, loaded it and delivered the presents last evening. The packages that we chose for Atelier Sacelean Day Care Centre were containing clothes for babies mainly, sweets, games and books for the little ones. They will be delivered to children who come at the day care centre's activities and to families with social needs from Garcini - the biggest Rroma community in the county of Brasov and to families from Sacele (a town near Brasov). For the other care placements though, in order for all the products to be delivered, my small car wouldn't have been enough. So, Santa's Elves had to ask for more help from our friends. That is how, this morning, we started to load a big van with all packages and boxes and we went on our way to deliver the presents to the foster homes in Tarlungeni and Budila.


The first stop was at Lizuca and Patrocle, two foster homes for 20 children, both boys and girls. The children looked as if Santa came. We met with some of them on their way to the house, as they came from school. Their eyes were filled with joy and happiness, as they saw us passing by with the huge car filled with presents. The boys immediately ran to help us unload the van and they felt extremely good that they could do something together with us. Then, all of us went inside the house of boys and started to unpack different items of clothes and toys. We gave them some of the sweets they received and the boys suddenly started to play with the games we brought. We explained that the donations were from Claudia and her cousin Patricia, so they promised to make a special Thank you card for them. The brightness in their eyes and the happiness in their actions filled our hearts with even more love. We then left the two houses, being even happier then we were when we started the whole thing. Our next stop was Arlechin, where the 8 children barely arrived home. They washed their hands in a second and then came to look with interest and curiosity in the boxes we brought. They started playing and sorting out which blouse fits who and so on. The care providers from that foster home were even more thrilled and enthusiastic than the kids when they saw how many games and toys we brought. They offered us some delicious donuts that they were baking right when we arrived. The third care placement and the last one for today, was Buburuza (11 children). When we arrived there, the kids started jumping around and playing with all the games we brought. Together with their staff members, the grown-ups, they were enjoying every piece of their presents, thanking us each second for all they received.

The purity and happiness of those children simply fills our hearts with joy and happiness and gives us once again the feeling of thanking Claudia and Patricia for making this whole experience possible. They really brought a smile on these children's faces. On this occasion, we would like to thank them again for their amazing gesture of giving from all their hearts, and of course to everyone who contributed to this donation. We would also like to thank everyone who helped us in making all of this possible: our boys, Razvan and Alex, for helping us carry the boxes up and down the stairs and also Ionut, for helping us with the van, delivering the presents and taking all the photos. Last but not least, I would like to thank my co-elf, Georgi - we make such a great team!!!


On our way back home, Georgi said something that will remain in my heart forever: 'I feel like my heart grows a bit every second.' That is so true. We really felt our hearts were growing a size with every gift we made. Even if they weren't bought by us, we were a small part in making such a big surprise for these kids. And it felt amazingly good! We send all of you who are reading this article, a happy and pure smile from each of these amazing children, and remember : "Christmas is all about giving and loving with all our hearts". As for us, Georgi and Ali, we really love being Santa's Elves this year! The mission continues with two more care centres: Domino (Ghimbav) and Albina (Codlea).

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Friday 13, A Lucky Magical Day (written by Ali Ichim)
Friday 13, A Lucky Magical Day (written by Ali Ichim)

A Magic Saint Nicolas Day (written by Laetitia Delmarche)   (published in Romania)

December 11, 2013 by   Comments(0)

December the 6th was Saint Nicolas day: a very important date for children and students in some Western countries. Saint Nicolas is like Santa Claus : he comes in the houses to give chocolates and presents to the children. Here, in Romania, they also celebrate this day. In Brasov, during St Nicolas celebration, there is also the ‘lighting up’. This event is an important and beautiful moment, meant to  open  winter festivities. During this period, Brasov is called the ‘Fairytale City”.

And There Was Light

5.20 in the council square in Brasov: a big crowd, people everywhere pushing to be near the Christmas Tree. Projects Abroad volunteers’ meeting point was the Nativity Scenery, in the council square. We didn’t know where some volunteers were, but the festivities didn’t wait. So, few minutes later, we were trying to approach the center of the crowd, to have a better view.

At 5.30 Christmas carols started. A group formed by a majority of women was singing some typical Romanian carols. Problem: everyone wanted to see them, so they pushed a lot to get near the stage. We decided to stay near the Christmas Tree because we went to see the ‘Lighting Up’. We could listen and see the group from everywhere in the center of Brasov, as there were some widescreens in the square.

And finally, a little bit before 6 o’clock in the evening, the miracle happened. It started with all the people counting down the seconds. It was like New Year’s Eve, I almost said ‘Happy New Years’. The lightning up of the Christmas Tree was fantastic, really beautiful. Not all the lights were turned on in the same time. First, it was the small lights, afterwards the balls and thirdly, the circles from the bottom to the top, to finish with the star in the top of the tree. And, during the switching on of the Christmas Tree, all the lamps in the square and on the pedestrian street where also turned on.

In the big square of Brussels, we also have a huge Christmas Tree. Each evening there is a sound and lights show. But, we can’t compare the two places. Of course, the show in Belgium is also beautiful. But it is happening each evening, it is not something that is on, only once a year. Here in Brasov, I felt something wonderful inside my heart, something that came from all the people, maybe it was even the Christmas soul. It was not an event created especially for tourists, but it was for everyone. This event was something really special. And I am saying that as I usually don’t like crowded placed, or people pushing, but this time, it was worthed.

The day finished with the concert of the group “Voltaj”, a local music group, and fireworks.


A Lot of Work and Decorations

The Christmas Tree from the Council Square is around 26 meters high. To decorate it, the municipality used approximately 50.000 lights, 60 lights circles, 2000 bigger lights, 800 flashes, 300 balls in argent and 1km tinsel! In addition to all these things, the streets are also decorated and there is another Christmas tree in the Union Square. The trees, are from the forests of Brasov county.

In the two squares, there are also small Christmas markets. ‘The Lightning Up’ festivities also scored their opening.

To be ready with all the decorations and market stands, the municipality’s workers started the preparations on November the 20th.


The celebration was very nice. It was simple, but friendly. Saint Nicolas Day, is something important in Belgium, my country, as well as in other different countries. So, I’m happy I could do something unique during this special day.

The following celebration in Brasov is during December the 15th, when citizens celebrate “The Killing of The Pig”, another tradition that will take place in the council square.

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A Magic Saint Nicolas Day (written by Laetitia Delmarche)
A Magic Saint Nicolas Day (written by Laetitia Delmarche)

Drama Update written by Ali Ichim   (published in Romania)

December 11, 2013 by   Comments(0)

Hello everyone and Happy Wednesday,


It's the middle of the week and Projects Abroad Romanian Team is soooooo busy with selecting and sorting out donations, presents and prepare surprises for the children from placements we collaborate with.


Besides this, the drama group is doing very well, working hard on rehearsing for a Christmas Performance. Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, our Black Juice Group comes at the office and works together with our drama volunteer, Elly Pugh, with our journalism volunteer, Laetitia Delmarche and with myself, Alexandra Ichim. We plan to perform two plays in front of parents, students, friends and children from foster homes, around Christmas. The main performance is 'Grinch Who Stole Christmas' and the other one represents three monologues of Santa Claus, Mrs Claus and Brumbly, The Elf.

Students are working hard and they are giving their best to form a performance that pleases the audience and that makes us, the coordinators proud. The Black Juice Group is formed of 9 members who are performing the roles exposed between brackets: Elena Teja (The Narrator), Maria Teja (The Grinch), Oana Juravlea (Cindy Lou), Ionut Butiu (Father of Cindy Lou), Madalina (The Mayor), Sabina Sancu (The Narrator), Sabina Cristian ( Max, the dog; Brumbly, The Elf), Alex Coca (Santa Claus), Diana Chirovan (Mrs Claus). They are very tallented and they are enthusiastic about everything they do within the drama club. Some of them will perform for their first time, so they are also very nervous about the plays.

Our newly arrived drama volunteer, Elly Pugh, already started preparing interesting helpful activities for the group, in order to get the best out of them. She is passionate with her work and she is willing to make these students work hard and really understand what drama means. Laetitia, on the other hand, our journalism volunteer, has helped us a lot so far, putting together the first aspects of the performances and she even wrote a script for the second play. Besides her journalism work, she has put in all her efforts to guide the drama students and give them her best ideas for the drama workshops, working double hours and using all her experience to help us with rehearsals of these Christmas scripts.


Thank you Laetitia, for all your hard work and good luck Elly in all the work you do with the group. I am sure they will get to put up even more amazing performances, by the end of your stay here.


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Drama Update written by Ali Ichim
Drama Update written by Ali Ichim

Let It Snow (written by Alex Parasca, Desk Officer)   (published in Romania)

December 10, 2013 by   Comments(0)

It's been a short summer. It's been cold and wet for most of the time and when it was actually hot and pretty, the hours warped and the calendar summer disappeared in less than a cold, bitter second.


Right when I took it as a man and dealt with the fact the my motorbike days were short and over for 2013, it happened that in September we still had some pretty days to rock on the highways. Sure, it could last for weeks, like it happened in the past years, but unfortunately, not this time.  No Sir, that wasn’t the case for this year, because, this time, on October 1st, it snowed. Did I mention that on the 29th of September we had a lovely weather outside and no one could actually foresee the snow? Of course I didn't, because I didn't know. No one did.


But it's not all sadness in cold weather and snow. Especially when it's for a short period of time and after that the snow melts, slowly and surely, defeated by the summer-like temperatures we were scheduled for in the autumn of 2013. So along the following days of October, there came a heat wave from Africa, from the Sahara desert actually, which made it possible for everyone to hike, bike and motorbike for another three weeks at least. Man, I love Africa!


 Of course we were amazed. Both me and my motorbike were stunned and it took us a week to start riding again. But after that, it felt like the most beautiful autumn I have ever experienced.


Unfortunately, time doesn't care about me and my riding days, so again, before I knew, the days went shorter and colder. And before my engine cooled off, bam: December, snow, cold weather, ice and frost. I get the feeling that like all the winters in my life's history on Romanian soil, this winter will be long, white, cold and boring unless I do something about it. So, I plan to go for a hike up on some of the highest mountains in Romania and spend the night either in the especially built refuges or maybe at a warm cottage in a picturesque mountain village. Also part of my plan is to take a trip to some national hot springs and take a bath in naturally boiling mineral water at minus 15-20 degrees Celsius. And of course, if possible, I would like to go for some assisted paragliding, which is something I've been keen on trying ever since I was a kid. Being surrounded by mountains, all these are possible. Some of them are summer activities, but have you ever been on a snow covered mountain top, at midnight, in full silence, under a glassy clear sky? I have been there and it's beautiful. Actually it's so beautiful it's almost alien, not from this world. And the most interesting thing is that, because of the snow and its reflection, it's not even pitch dark, you can safely walk, see the peaks, the horizon and the shapes of the woods and rocks near you. It is definitely a must for everyone to try it at least once, assisted.


And with that, I wish you a safe hike and if you ever come in our lovely country, make sure to check out some of the most impressive mountains and landscapes you have ever seen. Until next time, let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

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Let It Snow (written by Alex Parasca, Desk Officer)
Let It Snow (written by Alex Parasca, Desk Officer)

A Cure or A Coffee, Direction Dr Jekelius (written by Laetitia Delmarche, Journalism Volunteer)   (published in Romania)

December 6, 2013 by   Comments(2)


I like cafes with a theme. Going to a pub is normally a nice and relaxing moment. When the cafe has a specific topic, it adds something more.

In the old center of Brasov, near the pedestrian street, there is a pharmacy. But it is not a normal drugstore. Actually, Dr Jekelius is a Pharmacy Café. The scenery is not a dispensary as we find them nowadays, but an old drugstore where you can imagine an English lord wearing a long coat, a hat and a carved stick or even a lady with an umbrella and a beautiful dress.


A Jump in The Past

The façade of the building looks like an old English one, but actually the pharmacy’s style is based on the ones of Saxon drugstores. When you enter, you can see a lot of bottles on the old white shelves. On the wall there are many black and white pictures, bills, receipts from old pharmacies. The room is painted in green and the furniture is white, except the chairs and the sofa where you can sit on, which are black, and also the table, which is brown. Between each two tables there is an old console with an outdated bedside lamp.

These pieces of furniture date back in the beginning of the 20th century and belong to a real pharmacy from exactly the year of 1910.

The waitress is also dressed specifically, wearing a white blouse, yet normal pants. So, I had the impression she looks more like a nurse, not a pharmacist.

The beginning of the menu is exactly what you can expect to find in a pharmacy: cures for different health problems that are treated with medical infusions. Each infusion is described with its benefits.

Following this list, you have “normal” beverages like cocktails, mocktails, beers, soft drinks, and so on. In the menu, there is also a part called ‘anesthetic alcohol’, which is 100% pure alcohol, served as a shot, in long test tubes.

I ordered a cocktail and, surprise: I received it in a gradual vial. The concept goes even deeper, from the furniture to the glasses, everything being related to the pharmacy.


Small History

The name of the café is Dr Jekelius. Some people think that this appellation refers to the neurologist Erwin Jekelius, who worked with Hitler, but it is absolutely not the case. I also made a mistake with the name of the café but not this one. I thought it was a play-on-words, with the Dr Jekyll.

The reason is far from everything stated above, they chose this name in accordance with the theme of the cafe, and it refers to a doctor who became famous because of his drugstore in Brasov: Ferdinand Jekelius. He created the first pharmacy in this town, which was very renowned. He used a lot of natural recipes as cures, and some of them are still being used in the pharmacy-café nowadays.


I found a lot of good reasons to return there. Usually, when the cafe or a restaurant has a theme, prices are higher than the rest of the pubs. It is not the case here.   In Belgium, a cocktail is around 7 Euros, in a common place.  If it is a themed café, the price is higher. At Dr Jekelius cafe, I paid 11 lei, which is 2,5 Euros !                                                 

Another advantage is the opening hours. It is opened from 8 am to midnight, 7 days a week, so it is really convenient to go there whenever you want.

The last reason, and the best one for me is the natural way of treatment for health problems, and the fact you do not have the impression to take a cure. I have a bad cough since last week, so I think I would go there to  take an infusion to cure my problem in a natural way. My roommate did the same thing for her stomach problem, and the following day she was feeling better.

I don’t think I can find any negative aspects about this place, and I am not the only one. All the volunteers I met like this café and it is recommended by a lot of tourists and people from Brasov, on the internet.



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A Cure or A Coffee, Direction Dr Jekelius (written by Laetitia Delmarche, Journalism Volunteer)
A Cure or A Coffee, Direction Dr Jekelius (written by Laetitia Delmarche, Journalism Volunteer)

Ma première mission humanitaire (ecrit par Valerie Got)   (published in Romania)

December 5, 2013 by   Comments(0)


Ma première mission humanitaire auprès des enfants Roumains est un véritable bonheur.

En toute honnêteté, je ne pensais pas être si bien entourée en arrivant en Roumanie!


A l’écoute et soucieuse de faciliter au maximum mes démarches dans ce nouveau pays, l'équipe de Projects Abroad, s'est avérée tout de suite très chaleureuse. Du coup, je me suis très facilement  adaptée entre autre, grâce à l’accueil sympathique d’Alexis à l’aéroport et de la super journée d’intégration et découverte de Brasov passée en compagnie de Georgiana, ma coordinatrice absolument géniale !J’ai aussi bénéficié d’un accompagnement individuel jusqu’à l’orphelinat (repérage des différents bus) et d’un  planning allégé les premiers jours de ma mission.

Par la suite, j'ai appris qu'Alexandra, jeune femme débordante d'énergie et de gentillesse en charge de la communication de l'association, donnait des cours de Salsa, ce qui m'a permis de me détendre quelques soirs en y participant et de rentrer en contact avec la population Roumaine. Que de bons moments passés !


Chargée de son histoire, Brasov est une ville très agréable, animée et où il y fait bon vivre. Un très beau centre ville en constante rénovation permet de se promener et de se poser facilement dans un pub ou autre. Je n’ai jamais éprouvé la moindre crainte dans les rues même à trois heures du matin.


Ma famille d’accueil est, elle aussi, adorable et Rodica mon hôtesse, charmante. A mon arrivée, elle m’attendait dans la rue pour me saluer. Quelle gentillesse ! Par la suite, ses « petits » plats …énormes m’ont toujours assurée de son dévouement. Un plaisir d’être hébergée chez elle !


 La première fois que j’ai passé la porte de l’orphelinat fût un grand moment d’émotion, ça y est j’y étais ! J’ai imaginé ce moment depuis mes 18 ans et j’en ai 48 ! Comme quoi, tout est possible J L’accueil de la responsable Eva et de l’équipe du jour fût tout de suite plein de gentillesse et d’attention. Les onze enfants ont tous passé la tête et hop là, la présentation effectuée, j’étais adoptée !

Le plus difficile au début est de se mettre au diapason de l’équipe encadrante. Il est essentiel d’avoir un rôle d’observateur pour mieux appréhender les codes, la culture et les habitudes. Il ne s’agit pas de trop en faire et inversement. Je suis là en support de l’équipe existante et ma mission est d’alléger les tâches quotidiennes du personnel en offrant aux enfants un maximum d’activités, d’écoute, de présence et de bonne humeur.

Tous les jours, en tant qu’animatrice, je prépare une activité différente avec des supports papier qui changent de couleur, de matière, d’aspect. On découpe, copie, calque, colorie. Ils adorent aussi danser, chanter donc on alterne joyeusement toutes ses actions en fonction de leur envie et de leur disponibilité.

En effet, en Roumanie, les enfants vont à l’école le matin ou l’après-midi. J’ai ainsi un petit groupe de 5 enfants le matin et de 6 autres l’après-midi. Cette organisation permet de mieux contenter les enfants qui ont entre 3 et 11 ans. Ils sont véritablement adorables et rares sont les moments où ils sont punis. Une véritable solidarité existe entre eux et même si parfois ils se tapent un peu dessus, ils arrivent à s’arrêter avant que ça ne dégénère trop.  Je n’ai jamais eu à me mettre en colère car ils sont très obéissants. Autant les premiers jours, ils me testaient spontanément, autant aujourd’hui, ils font tout pour me faire plaisir et éviter de me fâcher. Quels Amours !

En fait, ma plus grande frustration vient de l’impossibilité de communiquer « vraiment » avec eux car je ne parle pas le Roumain. J’ai toujours eu pour habitude d’expliquer aux enfants le pourquoi de telle ou telle chose mais là c’est complètement impossible. Malgré tout, je sens qu’une véritable complicité s’est installée. La confiance du personnel et des enfants est acquise. C’est donc tout simplement merveilleux de travailler en donnant tout ce qu’on peut aux uns et aux autres.

Grâce à l’aide précieuse de Georgiana et d’Alexandra, j’ai aussi pu organiser quelques surprises qui ont plu aux petits et aux grands  et ça c’est top ! Quel plaisir de recevoir un grand sourire d’un enfant heureux qui mange des chips et boit du coca ! Prochaine étape, un mac do pour chacun ! Et oui, pourquoi pas eux ? ça me permet aussi de gâter le personnel car toutes ces dames et le cuisinier font un travail admirable e je suis tellement heureuse d’avoir fait leur rencontre.

J’ai vraiment le sentiment d’être à ma place avec ces enfants. J’emmagasine dans mon cœur,  jour après jour, des sensations, des regards, des bisous, des paroles, des sourires...

J’espère juste avoir pu entrouvrir pour chacun d’eux une petite fenêtre sur l’Amour que l’on peut recevoir et donner sur terre à tout moment.

Un grand MERCI à vous tous chers Roumains, chers enfants, chers encadrants et chère association sans laquelle je n'aurai pas vécu une si belle aventure !

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Ma première mission humanitaire (ecrit par Valerie Got)
Ma première mission humanitaire (ecrit par Valerie Got)

November 29, A Joyful Day (written by Ali Ichim)   (published in Romania)

December 2, 2013 by   Comments(0)

29th of November - The day started when we picked up Valerie from the Train station and went together to Carrefour supermarket. She wanted to buy some products for the foster home where she works. Once we got to Carrefour, things were a bit chaotic, as Black Friday was on we started to look for the DVD Player that Valerie wanted to buy. After shopping inside Carrefour, Valerie, Georgiana and myself, we all went to McDonald's to buy Happy Meals for all the children at Buburuza Foster Home. With our hands full of presents, we took the car and started driving towards the placement in Budila. When we got there, we could feel again the joy and happiness that Valerie brings to the staff members and the children in that home. We are so happy to have such a great volunteer like Valerie, with such an amazing heart. The children greeted her like always, with many hugs and kisses. This time, though, they also sang Happy Birthday songs to her, and some other French ones they learned in school. She was extremely happy. The entire house resonated of joy and happiness.


And so, Valerie took her own menu and ate together with the children. She then received a present and a card from all of them and the staff members of the foster home.


In the evening, we wanted to continue with the surprises, so Georgiana called Valerie at the office to have an ' official business talk'. She then called all the other volunteers and asked them to come at the office in order to prepare a surprise social party for Valerie. We all gathered at the office, made birthday decorations, with balloons and all needed, including a birthday cake. Then, we waited for her to arrive, looking on the window every second. The atmosphere was nice and everyone was anxious to see her reaction of the suprise party.


When we saw her on the window, we rapidly told Georgi to lit the sparkling candle from the cake and we all waited for her in front of the decorations that we hung on the walls. She was extremely surprised and happy. We all celebrated her with all our hearts and we wished her the best thoughts. We all had a great busy day, but it ended in the most delightful possible way. All volunteers, from different corners of this world, together with us - Georgiana and Ali, 100% Romanian, we all wrote to her French greetings and we all sang ' Joyeux Anniversaire'. After celebrating her birthday and eating a piece of the amazing cake, we all went home, with our hearts filled with joy, love, happiness and gratitude!

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November 29, A Joyful Day (written by Ali Ichim)
November 29, A Joyful Day (written by Ali Ichim)

December 1, Romania's National Day (by Ali Ichim)   (published in Romania)

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December 1 may be for some of you just a common day or the marking of winter. It is told to be the 335th day of the year (336th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar., having only 30 days left until the end of the year.



For us, Romanians, 1st of December was a special day - our NATIONAL DAY! In 1918, it was celebrated as the UNION Day, as the union of Transylvania wth Romania, since the 1990 becoming our National Day. Romanians from all over the country celebrated this 1st of December, by participating in military parades, honour national heroes and soldiers with flowers and local fanfares, singing the National Anthem and watching airshows, all accompanied by national flags of all sizes.


All celebrations from the cities of Romania were important, but the most important one was the parade from Bucharest, where there were approximately 20.000 people attending the event. The president and all the other important personalities participated at the parade. The military parade presented over 2000 Romanian soldiers from the Ministry of National Security, Ministry of Internal Affairs, Romanian Intelligence Service, Protection and Guard Service. This year, we also had 150 foreign soldiers from countries like France, USA, Poland and Turkey, who participated in our parade. Part of the parade, there were also 200 tanks and other military utility vehicles and 35 military aircraft.


Every year, on our National Day, Romanians become more aware of their nationality and proud to be part of this people. Our society, as every other one on this planet, has good parts and bad parts, right and wrong, has positive and negative, has heroes and villains, has inventors, great leaders, great athletes, great minds and great souls, great artists of all kinds, and many other aspects which are worth to be praised and mentioned, but all in all, we have great hearts and we are proud to be part of this nation!


We are Happy to be Romanians, no matter where we are, and we are very highly appreciated everywhere we go!


Happy 1st of December everyone!


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December 1, Romania's National Day (by Ali Ichim)
December 1, Romania's National Day (by Ali Ichim)