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ByTim Clasing

Portret de voluntar – Tim (Portugalia)

Boas! I’m 24 years old, I’m from the lovely Portuguese coastal city of Aveiro, and my name is Tim. You may think that this is not a very Portuguese name, and well, you’re right: my parents immigrated from Germany almost 30 years ago. Besides some travelling and a year of Erasmus exchange in Slovenia, I spent all my life in Portugal. There, I studied chemical engineering, finishing my master degree last year and working (very briefly) as a production engineer.

But something was missing.

I felt the weight of not having a concrete aim after leaving the university, and I was unable to build up enough motivation to work in a factory, producing some random goods that neither make people happier nor turn the world into a better place.

So, when the opportunity arose to be part of an environmental education project at Curba de Cultură, it didn’t take me long to pack my stuff and move further east than I’ve ever been before.

Besides some reforestation journeys back home, I have never really volunteered, and the only work with children I have done so far were some gymnastics lessons. So yes, I’m pretty much out of my comfort zone. And that’s great. It means that there is a lot for me to learn.

I love sports of almost any kind, and I already had the chance to practice a bunch of them, my latest passion being tennis. I’m also fond of everything that involves nature and being outdoor, such as hiking, cycling and gardening.

Sal’tare! Am 24 de ani, vin din adorabilul oraș Aveiro de pe coasta Portugaliei și mă numesc Tim. Probabil credeți că ăsta nu e un nume foarte portughez, ei bine, aveți dreptate: părinții mei au emigrat din Germania cu 30 de ani în urmă. Înafară de câteva călătorii și un an de studii Erasmus în Slovenia, mi-am petrecut restul vieții în Portugalia. Acolo am studiat Chimie Industrială, am terminat masteratul anul trecut și am lucrat (puțin) ca inginer de producție.

Dar ceva lipsea.

Am simțit apăsarea faptului că nu aveam un scop precis după terminarea facultății și nu eram capabil să mă motivez suficient cât să lucrez într-o fabrică, făcând niște obiecte care nu fac oamenii fericiți și nici nu fac lumea mai bună.

Prin urmare când a apărut ocazia de a deveni parte a unui proiect de educație pentru mediu la Curba de Cultură, nu mi-a luat mult să îmi împachetez lucrurile și să mă mut mai la est decât am fost vreodată.

Înafară de câteva acțiuni de împădurire, nu am făcut voluntariat, și singura muncă pe care am făcut-o cu copii au fost orele de gimnastică. Da, sunt înafara zonei mele de confort și asta e minunat. Și mai înseamnă că există multe pe care pot să le învăț.

Iubesc sporturile de orice fel și am avut șansa să practic câteva dintre ele, dar cea mai recentă pasiune a mea este tenisul. De asemenea orice implică natura și statul afară mă încântă, precum drumețiile, ciclismul și grădinăritul.


Tim este în România pentru o perioadă de șapte luni, din mai 2018 până în noiembrie 2018, în cadrul proiectului Building Youth supportive Communities – Environment [2017-2-RO01-KA105-037748] proiect co-finanțat de Uniunea Europeană prin Programul Erasmus+ și implementat în România de către Curba de Cultură. 

BySorin Berbecar

Call for Slovenian, Portuguese, German and Estonian volunteers

Curba de Cultură is looking for one volunteer from any of the following countries: Slovenia, Germany, Portugal or Estonia for a five months EVS in Izvoarele, a nice and cozy Romanian village.

Curba de Cultură focuses on teenagers and youth development. Our mission is to use non-formal education as a complementary method to the formal educational system for young people. We want to create the premises for a better development of the young people and their more suited integration within their respective communities. We want to make young people aware that they actively belong to their local and national culture.

 

We are looking for an 18-30 years old volunteer who has:

  • motivation to live and work in rural area for 5 months
  • motivation to work with youngsters and children
  • motivation to do international volunteering
  • basic knowledge of English both in writing and speaking
  • interest in learning a different European language

 

The activities the volunteers would do, as part of the team, are:

  • interactive activities, lectures, presentations, simulation games, role-plays with children and youngsters in the schools
  • visits with pupils to the landfill and selective waste collection centre
  • designing with students selective waste trash cans for classrooms
  • preparations of the materials for the cans
  • assembling and decorating the cans together with students
  • organizing treasure hunts and other intercultural events
  • writing blogposts and articles
  • creating a brochure of the project
  • attending trainings (education for environment, event management etc)
  • preparing a dissemination event to be done after return to home country

Being an Erasmus+ project the volunteers receive:

  • accommodation in a traditional Romanian house (but with wi-fi :P)
  • pocket money and budget for food
  • bus permits for local transport
  • phone sim cards and monthly credit for it
  • international travel costs up to 275 EUR for Slovenia, Estonia and Germany and up to 360 for Portugal reimbursed in the end of the stay
  • Romanian language classes
  • mentor support for personal development and personal learning plans
  • coordinator support for implementing activities
  • complete medical insurance through Cigna Insurrance Plan
  • Youthpass certificate
  • two international trainings provided by the Romanian National Agency
  • internal trainings according to the topics of the project
  • smiles and hugs 😉

 

Other details about the project:

 

If we caught your attention send us a CV and motivation letter asap at sorin@curbadecultura.ro

Also if you want to know more do not hesitate to ask using the same e-mail.

 

P.S. Explore this webpage to find out more about the community, the work and the volunteers we host.