With Erasmus to Romania

Posted by [email protected] on June 17, 2019 at 6:05 AM

On the first week of June I went to Romania to participate in Erasmus project. After three flights I arrived to Holboca village early Monday morning. First I was worried and insecure as it was my first time alone so far from home. In the early morning I met a boy Dragos Gabriel. I was living in his house and we all went to 1 - 4th grade Gymnasium. In the school we were welcomed by students singing Romanian songs and dancing. We were doing practical excercises all together.

Around lunch time together with Dragos Gabriel we were going to his private house, where his father was waiting for us with smile. Family received me very hospitable, warmly and kindly. We were friendly all the time. They cheered me up and took care of me. Family of Dragos Gabriel became my and my parents friends. I am happy that I lived excactly in this family. I hope we will meet soon all together.

In the evening we went to first meeting party with Erasmus students from Bulgaria and Romania. They are like us – active, friendly, curious and little naughty.

Next day we were visiting school of students with visual disabilities. We were communicating and trying to understand their world. Children are learning reading with special training tools. Without seeing, they are learning, doing sports, music with senses and adapting to circumstances. I remember one little girl who was reading and writing so fast that regular people would not be able.

Every day I was participating in Erasmus creativity studios. Through games and different tasks we were creating tree of emotions. We handicrafted, painted, sports. I got to know culture and history of Romania.

One day we went to Mina Trotus salt mines. We were 240 m under groung where salt is obtained. We wisited one small town was formed sulfur source. It was possible to drink from this source.

We were creating fifferent activities with family in the free afternoons. We went to second largest city in Romania called Iasi. We visited castle of culture, Orthodox church, botanical garden and eating delicious food in Romanian pizzeria. We were creating garden celebration with singing and dancing.

I said thank you very much and Goodbye to family on Saturday morning and all of us from Latvia – I (me), Mareks and teacher Daiga Knaza, Agris Paipals and Juris Saurins flew to Bucharest. After little relax we spent the rest of the day in capital city of Romania. We flew to Riga via Istanbul Sunday early morning and then home.

It was a big experience, challenge and adventure for me. I gained many new friends from Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania. Those were seven days full with emotions. I am now more independent and brave. I learned some words in Romanian and developed my English. It is important to learn languages to communicate in the wide world. This project for me is a huge benefit.

I recommend to every student: Go, participate and don’t be afraid!

Thank you to primary school of Targale for opportunity to participate in Erasmus program. Special regards to Copacianu family that I lived with.

Ričards Austers

Primary school of Tārgale, Latvia

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