Help Michael Curtis Serve in Romania

Please support my volunteer efforts in Romania, which will be focused on teaching tangible skills and abilities to a young adult population that grew up in the institutionalized orphanage system.

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I am a fourth year Accounting major at Saint Mary’s university in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I am a passionate student athlete with a love for giving back to others. I have been fortunate enough to play high-level, competitive sports in many different cities across Canada, and from these experiences I have learned the importance of giving back to the community both locally and globally. As I move forward in my life and begin my professional career I intend to continue to give back in any way I can. In my spare time I enjoy exploring all the amazing places Nova Scotia has to offer, including hiking and camping with my fiancee and dog Calvin.

After spending ten days in Romania last year I can’t wait to get back. On the last day with the young adults, we had a goodbye party and many of the youth performed songs, dances, and even a few poems. As one of the guys was sharing a poem he wrote, I was struck by how much our time in Romania really meant to them. The main reason I want to return is the same as the reason I went in the first place: I want to make a real difference. I believe we did something really special while we were there and I want to continue helping that grow. Gone are the days that I talk about making a difference, I want to continue to change people’s lives for the better and help them to reach their full potential. I have been so fortunate in my life and I want others to feel the same way. So what better way to help the youth of Romania continue to grow than getting back on a plane and building upon what we started last year.

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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