European Year for Innovation and Creativity

Meeting the neighbors

Activities

Communities

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Marina and Christina, Claire and me, Elena, we are volunteers in a community named Semlac. During the period we are here, more than one month, we have met a lot of people from Semlac but we did not introduced ourselves to our neighbors. They did not know us, who we are, where are we from and how much time we are here and the aim we are here. That why we decided to organise a Door to Door activity, to go house to house to introduce ourselves, to know our neighbors and let them knowing us.

We took some biscuits and went to meet our neighbors, we told them about the Project we are involved “Reporters in Romania”, what we will do in their community for 6 months and about our host organization Millennium Center.

First we were afraid of the people attitude but after we were surprised that people were interested and open to know and to help us in case we need their help.

In this evening we met one of our neighbors, Florica, a 55 years old woman that is alone because her husband works in another city and has the possibility to spend his weekends at home. Florica is a nice person and we were surprised of her hospitality because at the end she even invited us to a lunch in her house. She told that unfortunately she did not know about this project early because she would like to have some volunteers in her house.

We think that this evening was very good for our future activity that we plan because we realized that people are open to help and to be involved in them.

Marina si Christina, Claire si eu, Elena, suntem voluntare in comuna Semlac. Suntem aici mai mult de o luna, in aceasta perioada am cunoscut multi dintre locuitorii Semlacului, insa nu si pe vecinii nostri. Ei nu ne cunosteau, nu stiau de unde venim, cit vom fi in Semlac si cu ce scop suntem aici. De aceea ne-am propus sa mergem din casa in casa sa-i cunoastem si sa ne prezentam. Am pregatit niste biscuiti si am pornit.

Le-am povestit fiecaruia dintre vecini ca suntem aici sa facem Serviciul European de Voluntariat, Organizaţia noastra in Arad este Asociatia Millenium Center şi vom lucra aici la un proiect numit «Reporteri in Romania» si desigur ce vom face in cadrul acestui proiect.

Initial eram ingrijorate de reactia localnicilor dar spre mirarea noastra au fost foarte deschisi si interesati de a vorbi, ba mai mult, s-au oferit sa ne insoteasca sau sa participe la activitatile si evenimentele care le vom organiza.

In aceasta seara am cunoscut-o pe dna Florica, o doamna de 55 de ani care locuieste singura, deoarece sotul ei este plecat la serviciu in alt oras si este acasa doar la sfirsit de saptamina. Florica ne-a impresionat cel mai mult cu ospitalitate ei, invitindu-ne la prinz. Ea ne-a zis ca i-ar face placere sa gazduiasca niste voluntari si ii pare rau ca nu a stiut de acest proiect pina acum.

Aceasta seara a fost una eficienta pentru activitatile ulterioare pe care le planificam sa le organizam in Semlac deoarece acum suntem sigure ca sunt persoane care ne vor ajuta si ne vor sustine.