My first exchange

Posted on: July 23rd, 2016, in Travelling.

It all started a few months ago, when I decided that I have to take more chances, to use my time more wisely and try to make a change in this world. So I started applying as a volunteer in many projects at my university. And one day I discovered “Breaking the silence”. It is an international exchange where were participating 10 students from Romania, 10 students from Slovenia and 10 from Croatia. The point of the project was learning the sign language and discuss the problems and the struggles of the hearing impaired people. I decided to apply, so I wrote my application and they accepted me. I was so happy and so enthusiastic to be a participant of such an amazing project.

The experience was way more than I was expecting. I think participating in this exchange was the best decision I could take. I don’t even know where to begin. We played a lot of games to get to know each other, we had sign language workshops where I managed to learn a little bit of sign language, and I am planning to enroll is some courses in the fall, we went swimming at a lake nearby. The water was amazing. We had intercultural nights where everybody presented their country, set up a table with traditional foods and drinks and told a little about their country. I have to say that Romanian team was the best. We dressed up with traditional clothes, held an amazing presentation (it was the first time I held a presentation in English, I was literally shaking and so nervous, but the guys said it turned out amazing and it will get better) after that we decided to teach them our dances and everybody had an amazing time and the party lasted until 3 in the morning. We were so proud of ourselves, we were an united team and everybody did their job. We went hiking in the forest, because Kocevje is a town in the mountains. We played the secret friend game, which for me it was amazing. I got to be secret friend to a girl from Slovenia, named Nika, and I don’t know how it happened, but she ended up being my secret friend. For us it was really special because we had a bond before the whole game started. After that we promised that we will stay in touch and also, she lives in Ljubljana and she offered to show us the city. She took us to this amazing graffiti place. I never seen something this amazing. I will post photos below. The whole experience was amazing, I got to talk with people from so many different places, I made so many friends and every single one of these people had a story to tell. They inspired me to be a better person, they gave me something to remember for the rest of my life and I hope that I will see them again, because in one week we got to be great friends and we shared these experiences together.

After we left Slovenia, we decided to stay one night in Trieste, Italy. We visited the city, we stayed late in the port, we tried Italian food, we watched the sunset, we took the boat on the sea, we admired the amazing Italian architecture. It was amazing. I almost cried when we had to come back home. I want to go back and spend more time with these people because each of them is special, each has something to say and something to teach you. I can’t wait to see them again, and if I don’t, the memories will stay with us forever.

P.S. I decided today that the next week I am going to work on the resources and tutorials page because in 8 days I am going to leave the city again so I won’t be able to get anything done. Stay tuned for more updates.

Sounds like a fantastic experience. It’s great you decided to take the initiative to try something new and beneficial for yourself. The group you were with sounds like a great mix of diversity :) Meeting new people and going to new places? Do it now when you can! Thanks for sharing your adventures!

Posted on July 24th, 2016, at 10:36 AM by Mai.

Congrats! Awesome experienced, I can see that you really had fun travelling and meeting new people, enjoy your next adventures. :)

Posted on July 24th, 2016, at 2:37 PM by Michelle.

Sounds like you had a great experience! It’s nice to do something new and actually reach out and have new adventures.

Oh added you already :D

Posted on July 24th, 2016, at 7:02 PM by Maroon Caludin.

Sounds like an amazing experience! Great way to get to know people from all over.