Marius from Romania. Name of my project was Volunteers Dream and it was 10 months long. (1/9/2012 – 30/6/2013)
To be honest, I don’t really recall the exact list of objectives of the project. But I can only mention two of the unforgettable experiences that I had, which still mark me as a person. One of the activities we had in my service was to help people with physical handicaps do scuba-diving. You might wonder how this is possible. Well, with the devotion and professionalism of my colleagues and of my hosting organization, we started step by step and we brought happiness to those people’s faces. Obviously, not all of them were able to go into the water, but the emotion we triggered in them by engaging them in such activity was priceless. Another activity was collecting lost nets from the bottom of the sea. Not only a very nice environment to work in, but also a substantial positive effect on nature. I learned from my project that anything is achievable if you got at work with the right team, who can dare to dream and make things possible beyond any mental, physical or economic limit.
With this EVS I achieved important lessons for my upcoming life. After finishing my project, I was able to speak the language of the host country at an admirable level, which in fact helped me to get the job I currently have. I improved my self-confidence, I’m more confident in public speaking, I can easily make friends regardless of nationality, religion or sexual orientation. I developed entrepreneur skills, like communication skills, team-building skills, sense of initiative and creativity. Living in a cosmopolitan city, different than the one I was used to and doing what I was doing definitely put me in the situation of meeting new cultures, new traditions, and new lifestyles.
EVS could be an amazing experience, but it should be chosen with attention when it comes to the activities, tasks, place and the people they will work with. Because all of these is very important for a successful project. A volunteer should do what he likes, in an appropriate city for him, working and living with people close to his expectations. I recommend the new volunteers to embrace the magic of EVS experience, to see every negative moment they might have as a lesson to learn from.