My Romanian adventure – how it goes

It’s been 4 months since I arrived in Bucharest. The time is passing like crazy but I am feeling good here. Together with another trainee, Irene, we are the link between the volunteers and high management in A.C.T.O.R. Like in every job there are good days when everything goes smoothly but considering on-going pandemic and a large number of volunteers (around 20) we are facing also many challenges. From these more difficult times, I gain the most. The job can be sometimes stressful and there is a lot of unpredictable situations especially if you work in an international team but it’s easier if you know you are supported by the rest of the team. My knowledge about the ESC program is bigger than before. I also had a chance to learn about the new program and observe the strategic planning that is behind every project application. I am involved in the recruitment of new volunteers so my HR skills increased. Together with volunteers, I took part in Eastern Campaign (we collected donations to buy presents for children in hospitals and social centers), sometimes I accompany volunteers at work e.g. in Asociacion Alternativa (I love going there), I do team buildings activities and evaluation meetings. Each of these tasks required me preparation and boost my presentation skills. Besides that, there is always office work to do, behind every ESC project are tons of documents. Keeping the eye on the flow of documents is an important aspect of that. All these above made me a better organized and more independent person.

Paulina Gołębiowska, trainee in Communion in Youthwork project, financially supported by European Solidarity Corp

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