Currently, I am a fourth year criminology student at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia where I also play on the men’s basketball team. And after graduating, I plan to go to law school. I am returning to Romania again this summer because I never wanted to leave in the first place. The connections and friendships I made with the Romanian orphans last year were so meaningful to both them and me. Through these friendships, I was able to help instill instill a distinct sense of self-worth and importance in the young adults and I want to continue building upon that. While in Romania, I saw the young adults change. At first they were reserved and apprehensive, but as we spent time with them and showed them how much we cared, they became more comfortable and started to see themselves the way that we see them, as valuable and worthy of care. I know that this change is worth continuing to invest in.
This year, like last year, I will be helping a group of young adults who grew up in institutional orphanages get the skills needed to find better paying jobs. I will do this by helping build upon the English and computer skills lessons that we taught last year. Also, I will help lead weekend excursions to encourage building practical skills and soft skills for the young adults. One big benefit from last year’s trip was a heightened sense of community among the young adults, so I look forward to building upon this through team building activities, playing games, and soft skills training this summer.
With your help we can give these young adults opportunities to thrive! Support my volunteer trip. Be a part of creating lasting impact!
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