However, what is EVS in practice? My adventure has been in Cristutu Secuiesc, a small village in the middle
of Romania, in the Transylvania County, yes the same county as Dracula’s. When I firstly arrived in Romania,
I did not know much about the country, a part from the prejudice and the stereotypes that I was carrying
from Italy. Furthermore, my ideas were confused regarding what I should have expect from this experience,
the other volunteers, and the people of this country. The best surprise I faced was that all my ideas about
living here were wrong.
Firstly, I realized that I would have lived for six months in Hungary, not in Romania. As a matter of fact,
Cristuru Secuiesc is a Hungarian native speaking village, and early the difference with the Romanian part
became quite evident. The people, the culture and the relation between these people and those in the
Romanian part have been a revelation, since I was not aware of the amount of differences in this country.
So, if you want to joint an EVS, be ready to face surprises like these.
Secondly, I soon understood why my project about recycling and up-cycling education would be so important
for the community. Actually, Romania has a great issue regarding recycling since in 2010 the municipal waste
recycled was only the 1% all over the country. Even though the situation is improving through the years, the
culture of the environmental sustainability is not developed. This is the reason why I believe in my project
and in the work that we are doing in the school of the villages of our area. Since our target are the children
between 6 and 14 years old, I have faith that we would develop the awareness on the environmental and
recycling problem in the kids and through them be able to change the situation in the next years.