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My Time at Bradet Orphanage (written by Australian Care volunteer Matthew Salakas)   (published in Romania)

August 17, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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When Daniela (the Projects Abroad Care and Teaching Supervisor) first told me about the Bradet Orphanage project, I had already been in Romania for a couple of weeks, working at the Domino Shelter for children. Daniela told me that one of the staff members at Bradet had raised a significant amount of money in order to build some outdoor ropes course for the children of the orphanage. He needed a volunteer one day a week to give him a hand building the play area, performing tasks such as digging holes for the foundation posts, mixing concrete and fitting off the ropes. I was more than willing to help out as I thought it would add to my Romanian experience.

                When I first met Adrian, the staff member whom I would be working with over the coming weeks, I was very impressed. He went out of his way to make me feel welcome, and was very thankful that I was able to help him out. As we drove up to the parking area of the orphanage in Adrian’s car, children immediately came out of the surrounding buildings to see who had arrived. I noticed immediately the great affection and respect that the kids had for Adrian, and saw how positively they responded to his affection.

                Shortly after meeting all the kids we began work, heading down to the nearby river to collect sand for the concrete. A hard days work was ahead of us, but together with some of the older children at the orphanage we were able to load up the small pick-up that one of the staff members owned 5 times with sand from the river bed. This ended my first days work and I can safely say that I slept extremely well that night.

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My Time at Bradet Orphanage (written by Australian Care volunteer Matthew Salakas)
 

The Flavor of Romania (written by Alexandra Sherwood, 2-week special Journalism volunteer)   (published in Romania)

August 13, 2010 by   Comments(0)

After spending 22 hours in the city of Brasov, I am only positive of one fact: Romanians love meat. My host, Elizabeth, made chicken and rice for my first Romanian meal. Lunch the next day was a taste testing of Romanian’s finest: beef wrapped in lettuce, chicken mixed with vegetables, schnitzel. Free chunks of fried pork fat come as a before meal appetizer, alongside with my much more familiar bread. For dinner, I grabbed chicken fat wrapped in pita bread on the go. Whatever the meat, Romanians have probably already sautéed, fried, or grilled it. And it has probably tasted fantastic. Though this is a seemingly basic observation, the food of a culture can provide a window into far more insightful knowledge. Each cabbage wrapped pork and chicken stew I’ve eaten has contributed, in some way, to my larger perception of this country. Romanians’ love of meat couples with my first impressions of the city, the people, and the language.

The Richness of the City

Both the meat and the city have an understated richness integrated in their flavor. The concrete sidewalks and hundred story buildings that have become commonplace in my home in New York City are temporarily gone. In Brasov, my world is filled with cobblestone roads and airy spaces. The stone terraced buildings flank the town square in a quaint elegance. Just as the sauce that topped my chicken at lunch added a light spice to my meal, the homes painted in light colors and topped by red roofs give a zest of color to the city streets. Decorative awnings that line a building’s windows and doors lend a romantic essence to the flavor of the city. Even the fountain matches the simply elegant aroma of the village. In size it is relatively small, yet it shines in the midst of crowds in the ...

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The Flavor of Romania (written by Alexandra Sherwood, 2-week special Journalism volunteer)
 

Sender ref: Make a difference for Romania   (published in Romania)

July 29, 2010 by   Comments(0)

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  As (almost) every morning, I walked into my office, turned on my laptop and started writing some emails. Ten minutes later, a knock on the door insistently interrupted my 'Dear...'s, 'All the best's, and 'Yours truly's and made me grab the key. My colleague Lucian was faster: he'd already opened the door. Only to step back from the door holding the paper that the man knocking had given him, and come to me with a very puzzled expression on his face:

- We've just received 385 kilograms of something. Do you know anything about it?385 kg? Gosh, what could this be? Half a car, a really big motorcycle, cattle...I grabbed the paper he was holding: it said 'Sender ref: Make a difference for Romania'! Luckily, I also recognized a name, Daniela Cristea, my Care and Teaching Supervisor for Projects Abroad Romania. Maybe she can unravel the mystery...On the phone, she sounded bemused as well: - I have no idea, I don't know what it could be...Hold on! Are they in many little TNT boxes? (yes, they are) It must be a donation from Melanie then, but I had no idea she was sending anything.

Well, it took us a while (and all the space in the hallway) to unload the whole truck of all the tooth paste, clothes, baby food, tea, toys and many other things that Melanie Persson from Sweden - one of our former volunteers - had sent in an attempt to 'Make a difference for Romania'. Melanie - and two of her colleagues from TNT Sweden, Clara and Robert - collected the goods from many different places in Sweden, from TNT employees and their family and friends. Well, they will definitely make a difference in the lives of quite a few poor, disadvantaged families around the city of Brasov, that's for sure. Not that this is the first time they've made a similar ...

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