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RENATA WATTS- UK

  • Hi I am Renata and I am 23 years old. I grew up in a rural place in England called Norfolk surrounded by nature and studied a Masters in International Development.
  • I am half Hungarian so I am very excited to learn and improve my Hungarian here.
  • I am also passionate about the environment and combatting climate change. I will be taking on the upcycling education role which I am really looking forward to!
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NADIA MADOUI- UK

  • En nevem Nadia. 
  • I am 23 years old and from London, England. 
  • I look forward to learning all about all Szekelykerestru’s and even Transylvania’s traditions and cultures as ATA’s promoter of rural traditions!
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NIKOLAS VARGA- SLOVAKIA

• My name is Nikolas. I am 23 years old and I’m from Tvrdosovce- one of the larger villages in Slovakia.
• I like to travel, my favorite country is Hungary, last year I started a tourist guide career.
• After volunteering I want to start work in a travel agency.
• I came to Szekelykerestru because I want to improve my English and learn some new things, like becoming a better journalist.

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NIKO HINZ- GERMANY
  • Hello my name is Niko, I am 24 years old and from Hamburg, Germany.
  • I am really looking forward to learning about the Szekelerland and its people, especially the children and youth as I am a kindergarten support person here in Szekelykerestru.


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We departed from Cristuru Secuiesc on Friday the 25th of September at 10am. We were all very excited to set off for Csehétfalva. We split into various cars and went off on our way for a 25 minute journey to our new home for the weekend!
 
Once we arrived we were showed to our lovely cabins, the rooms were very comfortable and cabins were made of wood which gave a nice homely feel.
We then met with Attila and other members of ATA and each of us volunteers all sat around in a group to chat about the main goals and aims of ATA and how the organisation started. We were very lucky it was such a lovely day. We were then shown around the local area and church. The minister told us that there were less than 100 people living in the village compared to a previous 450+!
 
The next day the weather stayed clear in the morning so we were brought up to the local forest. We all did an exercise including the local volunteers of Cristuru Secuiesc whereby we measured our privilege, this gave us all an insight into just how lucky each of us are. The forest was beautiful and was perfect timing as that evening it started raining.
 
The next day we all visited the local church with the local minister. He explained the history surrounding the area and the church, it was very interesting. That evening we played more games and had an early night as we had an early start to return to Cristuru Secuiesc the next morning!

Overall a very enjoyable weekend where we each got to bond and enjoy each there company
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VIKTORIJA GLUOKSNYTE- LITHUANIA
 
•My name is Viktorija. I am 23 years old.
 
•I am from Lithuania, the town I am from is a little bit bigger than that of Szekelykerestru.
 
•I am interested in nature and over here I will be doing the herbalism project.
 
•I am interested to learn more about herbalism and how to grow new things.

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Tola Fleming –Ireland
  • Hi! My name is tola, I am 23 and from Dublin. I also live with my family in Dublin. I enjoy reading, cycling, travelling and watching movies
  • I decided to come tovolunteer here in Cristuru Secuiesc as I love to immerse myself in different cultures and meet new people.
  • I am very excited to be here and learn as much as possible. I will be working as a support person with ATA and am very excited to get started. 

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Sarah Coonan- Ireland
  • My name is Sarah. I’m 25 years old and I’m from a rural place in Ireland, that is smaller than Szekelykerestru- about 500 people.
  • I am interested in the environment and nature and while here I will be doing the herbalism assignment.
  • I want to start a soap business when I return home so I look forward to learning a lot here.

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On September 7th 2020, six new volunteers arrived in Romania to start their new volunteer adventure. Of these six volunteers we have two Irish girls: Aisling and Sarah. We have one German: Niko. We have two English volunteers: Nadia and Renata and lastly, we have Slovakian volunteer: Nickolas.

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