Natalie and Valentin: their EVS experience

Hello there, it´s Valle!

Wuh! The last 6 months passed so fast and it is still a bit surreal for me that I really have to go back to Austria now. I had an amazing time here in Romania with a lot of adventures, learning experiences and of course, also some difficult times, which finally improved my personality but yes, this time is nearly over now and a new part of my life begins. I met a lot of wonderful people from all over the world and I want to thank them for everything. I am sure that I will miss them somehow. However, that is life and I am really glad that I got the possibility to come here and live some of my best months of my life.

This experience changed a lot and I am happy for everything what I learnt here. I wish you all the best.


Hi! It’s Natalie here!

My EVS was an extraordinary experience. I have learned so much about myself and done so many things I never thought I would experience. I met so many fascinating people from which I could learn so much. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to travel and make experiences like this. I was working within a project regarding kids in hospitals, special school, schools and kindergartens situated in Bucharest.

I learned a lot about myself from working as a volunteer in a project like this. It was though sometimes, and I was pushing myself a lot. Working with children like this was something I never did before. Romanian was a language I didn’t know before. It was a difficult situation to face, but I embraced the challenge. It was crazy for me to find myself in a different country with different people, living a life that was not mine before. Everything was new and exciting. And a challenge.

I didn’t only discover things I like, I also learned what I don’t appreciate, which helped me to understand myself better. Helped me to understand what I need to be happy. Thinking back on all the ups and downs I had to face I can’t believe that it has only been 6 months. But at the same time, I can’t believe it has “already” been 6 months. I managed to do things I never thought I could do. I learned to believe in my abilities and to have trust in myself. Not to be afraid about the future because now I know that I can face anything. The time will never stop marching, but I learned to embrace the constant change of things.


Volunteers: Natalie Punz and Valentin Berg

EVS project: Vitamin T 17

Coordinating and Hosting Organization: A.C.T.O.R

Sending Organization: Verein4YOUgend, Austria


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