The past weekend Fundatia Pro Prietenia participed in the the fifteenth edition of theNGO Fair (organized by the Directorate of Development and Community Assistance) togheter with several organizations from Arad, as Fundatia Takacs, Asociatia Europa pentru Europa, our friends from Vis de Copil, Fundatia Caminul Sperantei, Foto Club Arad, Societatea de Cruce Rosie, Fundatia Animed Arad…
This fair had place in a excellent and centric situation, in front of the City Hall. For a few days we were playing with children in a several ways: doing balloon modeling, origami, face-painting, juggling balls, figures with plasticine and drawing. The wind was disturbing a little bit the first day but on Friday we enjoy of a great day. Each organization offered something different so what every body could enjoy:
- Youth activities
- First aid demonstration
- Execution paintings
- Photo projections
- Regional dances
- Martial Arts Demonstrations
Definetely, it was a great experience in which we can know many local organizations, we had our first contact with local children and also we met many EVS volunteers whose were helping in other stands and overall we enjoy with samples of what Romanian culture can offer us.
And if you want more evidence about our job, click here 😉
Categories: Art & Culture, EVS Activities, Our Beneficiaries, Our City, Volunteers
Tags: Arad, Asociatia Europa pentru Europa, balloon modeling, City Hall, Directorate of Development and Community Assistance, drawing, EVS, Execution paintings, face-painting, First aid, Foto Club Arad, Fundatia Animed Arad, Fundatia Caminul Sperantei, Fundatia Takacs, juggling balls, Martial Arts, NGO Fair, Origami, Photo projections, plasticine, Regional dances, Romania, Societatea de Cruce Rosie, Vis de Copil, Youth activities
Having lived for the most part of my life in a small city in the interior of Portugal, the chance of going abroad can be presented both as an exciting and scary experience. The feeling of leaving everyone and everything behind, counters with the opportunity of meeting new people, discovering new cultures and most of all expanding one’s horizons through EVS Volunteering.
Somewhere along the road, after 4 hours of plane and traveling half Hungary by car, the first buildings of Arad come into view and with them a very peculiar scenery with an architectonic mix of the modern and the classic. Once inside the dormitories, time to get to know all the other volunteers and what will be the accommodations for the next 10 months.
Now that almost two weeks have passed much can be said about this experience. For starters being in touch with a multicultural group is something that everyone should experience at least once in a lifetime, like getting to know a little something about others’ cultures and languages, sometimes thousands of miles away from our own countries. The support and commitment from our organization, Pro Prietenia is for sure something to be amazed as well.
Furthermore, the chance of visiting some typical places from Romania is always an interesting experience, such as the picturesque market in the city centre, where traders sell all sorts of goods every day, especially vegetables and fruit. Worth of mentioning is also the botanic garden in Macea (some kms from Arad) where one can see a most astonishing palace surrounded by beautiful nature.
The palace at Macea’s botanic garden.
And of course one cannot forget about the special events that take place once in a while such as:
- An incredible Flash Mob organized by people at Pro Prietenia that took place, first in the children’s park and then at Parcul Pandurice.
The guys from Flash Mob
- A concert from an excellent Portuguese singer (living in Romania for 8 years now) together with a brilliant 14 year old blind pianist at Loja bar, performing great classics such as Sinatra’s Fly Me To the Moon, some Romanian songs and even a Brazilian song Garota de Ipanema from Tom Jobin, which he dedicated to all the Portuguese speaking people in the audience.
- Last but not least coming with Rita, the other Portuguese volunteer, to TV Arad to talk about our first impressions of the city and project as well as hopes and expectations, and.
Me, Rita, and Cristina (Pro Prietenia’s project coordinator) at TV Arad
That’s all for now, even though so much more could be written about these first days, I’ll leave it for another time for sure.
Categories: Discovering Romania, Volunteer´s life, Volunteers
Tags: Arad, botanic garden, EVS, flash mob, Loja Bar, Macea, market, Portugal, Pro Prietenia, TV Arad
Uniti Salvam Rosia Montana
Last weekend me and other two volunteers, Grazia and Pablo, went to Timisoara to enjoy the city, his historical places and his nightlife, why not?!
Timisoara is just 40 kms far away from Arad, it’s a beautiful city, full of history and his buildings and monuments testify it.
(Thanks Pablo for these pics!)
It was in Timisoara that the revolution against Ceaușescu’s regimen started from (as told us a guy who lives there).
I have a friend living there and she hosted me these two days, she is Elena and she is involved in a project which aim is saving Rosia Montana area from the exploitation of mineral resources that the Romanian government is trying to act in this part of the Transilvania region. Rosia Montana is an area composed of 16 villages and the Romanian Parliament is discussing in these days about a law that could allow to expropriate the inhabitants of the villages in an easy way without respecting those who live in this area, without regard to the right to housing that every human being has or should have. Elena has turned half of Europe to promote and raise awareness of Rosia Montana, and from the abuses that governments are making more and more often in various parts of the world, she was cycling in Sweden, Norway, Russia and many other beautiful places! That’s why on Sunday we join this demonstration, around the city. It was exciting for me seeing all that people together for a right cause, everybody wants to live in a world of peace and it’s beautiful to share these experiences with people!
I don’t want to be bored so let’s watch some video and pictures that me and my friends took of the event!