Este ciudat cum ajungi intr-un loc din intamplare si realizezi ca apartii acelui loc mai mult decat majoritatea locurilor pe care le-ai cautat voit. Experienta mea cu A.C.T.O.R a inceput aproximativ acum doi ani cand eram in cautare de activitati superficiale extracuriculare de la care sa plec cu o diploma pentru a avea un dosar “cat mai gros” in viitor. Primul contact cu asociatia fost unul destul de superficial, si nu pot spune ca am fost extrem de frapat insa dupa ceva timp am fost contactat pentru a ma alatura echipei de animatie clinica in spitale si ce am observat m-a lasat fara cuvinte. Primul spital la care am fost in cadrul asociatiei a fost Lacul Bucura. Nu stiam ce sa fac sau cum sa procedez. Am avut o instructie facuta de coordonatoarea voluntarilor in spate insa in momentul in care am intrat in spital a disparut, timp de doua ore timpul a trecut fara mine. Acolo am vazut pentru prima oara ce inseamna sa fii voluntar, sa iti oferi timpul si energia de buna voie altora, doar pentru a le face lor ziua mai buna chiar si pentru un timp atat de scurt. Sunt putine experiente in viata despre care se poate spune ca ne schimba integral ca oameni. Pentru mine aceasta prima vizita in spital a fost una dintre ele.
Am continuat sa merg in spitale de multe ori de atunci. Nu pot spune ca de fiecare data m-am dus cu zambetul pe buze spre spital insa in spital am intrat cu el, pentru ca acolo niciuna din problemele mele nu mai conta, tot ceea ce era important erau copii. Am dobandit experienta si am descoperit ca am calitati pe care fara aceasta experienta nu le-as fi exploatat (cum ar fi rabdarea si daruirea). Acum din pacate, o perioada trebuie sa ma retrag din randurile voluntarilor activi, insa nu am de gand sa renunt la apartenenta in aceasta asociatie deoarece misiunea noastra este una care merita intr-adevar un sacrificiu.
Ca nota de final dosarul meu nu s-a ingrosat decat cu o singura diploma dupa doi ani, cea de voluntar coordonator, o diploma pe care o pretuiesc mai mult decat oricate altele as fi putut obtine in acest timp.
It’s funny how you get to a place by chance and realize that you belong to that place more than most places you’ve looked for intentionally. My experience with ACTOR began about two years ago when I was looking for superficial extracurricular activities from where to leave with a diploma, just to have a file as thick as possible in the future. The first contact with the association was rather superficial, and I can not say I was extremely struck but after some time I was contacted to join the clinic animation team in the hospitals and what I observed left me speechless.
The first hospital I went to as member of the association was Lacul Bucura. I did not know what to do or how to proceed about doing it. I had a training session, done by the leader of volunteers, but when I entered the hospital it disappeared and for two hours time passed without me. There I saw for the first time what it means to be a volunteer, to give your time and energy willingly to others, just to make their day better even for a short time. There are few experiences in life about which we can say that they changed us entirely as people. For me this first visit to the hospital was one of them.
I continued to go to the hospitals many times since. I can not say that every time I went to the hospital I had a smile on my lips but when I literary entered I had it on, because there none of my problems mattered, there all that was important were the children. I gained experience and I found that I had qualities that without this experience I would have not exploited (such as patience and dedication).
Now unfortunately for time I must withdraw from the ranks of the volunteers, but I’m not going to give up the membership in this association because our mission is one that really deserves a sacrifice.
As a final note my file was thickened with only one diploma after two years, the volunteer coordinator diploma, a degree which I value more than any other I could have gotten in this time.
Florin Giuroiu – former coordinating volunteer in A.C.T.O.R