I am Esra Uz. I am from Turkey. I have been in this city for 1 month as an EVS volunteer. After this 1 month, I can share my first impression of this city and my project.
When I first stepped into that city, I thought it is a really small city after mine. Then I discovered here and it really exceeds my expectations. The social life is very colorful and people are really friendly. I went to pubs and festival also a wedding here.I had so much fun and I met with nice people.
After our first 2 days, we went to Varsag for English camp. We met with so many high school students and we spend 4 days together. We had a lot of exercises and games to practice English. We talked with them about our stories, ‘Who are we?’ and ‘Why did we come here?’. They were really interested about us and we became friends with them.
Then I had on arrival training in Bucuresti. We were about 30 volunteers there who are from different cities in Romania. The trainers presented us details of the EVS program, our rights, and our responsibilities. I had 1 week with other volunteers. That was a great week with games, parties and wonderful people from different countries.
After I came back to the city we went to Parajd with our colleagues for team building. There was a salt mine and it was very interesting for me. We played in the adventure park and enjoyed the salt pool with our colleagues. That was the first step to becoming a team.
I had amazing trip in Romania for a week with my friends. We went to Sighisoara, Transfagarasan, Sibiu, Craiova and Brasov. I really liked the architecture in these historical cities. Also when I saw Transfagarasan, I believed that is the best road in the world. That trip was unforgettable for me.
Thanks to EVS, you can learn the local language of another country. I have 2 different languages courses because I am living in the Hungarian region. For that reason, I have Romanian and Hungarian classes. Hungarian is easier for me. Because I think it’s little bit similar to Turkish. I hope that end of the year I will speak Hungarian fluently.
My project is taking place in kindergartens and primary schools. This term I am working in kindergartens, I am playing with children and teaching them some basic English. They are really interested in us and they are so cute. Sometimes it is really hard to communicate with them because of language. I hope I will get used to it. Also, some children can speak a little bit English and I was really surprised about that. Other times I am working in the office jobs. This week we will have an English Club with young people. It will be a new project for us. I am looking forward to that meeting.
For now, everything is going well. As I said these are more than what I expected. I believe it will continue like that.
Life is just a bowl of cherries