It was just a year ago that we were in the same situation.Having to leave all the people that we got to care about in Czech Republic and starting from scratch back home. Even harder I might say since our project lasted one year and we got really close to our colleagues. This is what I love and hate about these volunteering projects. You get the chance to meet wonderful people but you have to be aware that at one point you’ll have to say goodbye and in some cases never meet them again. I still remember our group hug in front of Pan Razkas house, with our car filled with souveniers and second hand cute clothes, all the Bunkr team crying at our party a few nights before… Tonight we were on the other side of the story. Our volunteers for which we offered to be mentors and help them during their project in Cluj are leaving. Moxi’s volunteers, Marco and Adrian already left and we tried to be all funny and smiling in the train station while Adrian was heading to Bucharest, and we thank the other train travelers who joined us in the waving and funky dancing process:) After that we went for a last quick panoramic view of Cluj at night near Belvedere and then for me and Moxi started a long walk home. In two hours Sophie will be heading to the airport and then tomorrow at noon Johanne will say goodbye. I remember around 5 months ago when I knew I will be a mentor for 2 of them, asking about their names, their background, hoping that they will like Cluj, Romania, their project,me:)… They turned out to be very enthusiastic, very mature for their age (Sophie, I still feel old compared to you:)) but at the same time very willing to try new things and to learn all sort of crafts (Johanne deserves an award for all the kniting she did). Girls, I’m really happy I had the chance to meet you and I hope we will see each other soon(in two hours most probably:)
You can read more about the volunteers from Centrul de Voluntariat Cluj-Napoca who organized the National Volunteering Week during their EVS project “123 Days” on their own blog: http://inclujon.wordpress.com and find out more about their activities or see interesting pictures with their projects on Centrul de Voluntariat Cluj Napoca’s Facebook page.