European Year for Innovation and Creativity

Michael Kling

Germany Germany
Michael Kling

Profile

Role in the project: EVS Volunteers

Communities:

A little bit about me:

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Born and raised in the heart of Germany i lived nearly my entire life in a little village named Rockenberg 50km away from Frankfurt. With only 3000 inhabitants our surroundings wouldn't pay us much attention if we hadn't a youth prison. Placed in an old monastery the government not only tries to punish the young people but also tries to give them a new perspective. Beneath a lot of sport and art activities the imprissoned get the possibility to be trained in cooking, car mechanics and other stuff. A not well known fact is, that our village together with a village from africa, is the only place in a world where you can find sandroses. A specific kind of sandstone which was formed like roses through water million years ago. I decided to volunteer in a foreign country while working on my final thesis for my bachelor degree. Not realy sure what i would do after i wanted to get new impressions, get new points of view. Without much money to spent the EVS was the perfect program for me. I did some research in the internet and wrote some applications to organisations which sounded good. I choosed millenium center in romania cause they had a project description which looked interesting. Working and living with other volunteers from europe and supporting the local community. To be serious, i didn't know what i would do exactly in romania, when i wrote the application. My friends told me crazy but i liked the adventuras feeling and in case of emergency i had a compass to find home again.

Romania - My first impression of Arad 

As i arrived in Arad i didn't know what i should think about the city. For sure there where a lot of demolished buildings and streets and the electrical installations frightened me a little bit but somehow i expected that. I didn't want to judge the city only by its physical apperance. (Beside that Arad has a really nice center with great buildings some german citys dream about) The real hard come down is the purity of some people. You just go out of a shopping center with all the great advertisments about how cool and beatiful your life could be when you buy this product and see a women with a little child trying to find some food in a garbage bin. I have to get used to this. I feel comfortable when i walk through the streets. You can see that somebody thought about the design – a lot of Greenparks, Playgrounds and space. Unfortunatly the great amount of cars and the short supply of money creates some problemes. For example a wheelchairramp on a stair makes no sense if the normal way is so destructed that no wheelchair will ever make it through. The most people i met where really nice and a lot of them enjoy a good talk. I'm happy that i choosed Romania and i'm already they "Home" to our appartment. 

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