During this special situation of a pandemic, it was a good moment to give some help to people but we didn’t know what could happen and how bad it would affect the project. Initially, our project is to intervene in a special school, after school, and in a library. Unfortunately; when we arrived the covid situation got worse and worse and all the schools started to close and our field of action got reduced a lot, so we needed to find alternatives.
To help disadvantaged peoples which for them the situation is way more difficult, we gave our help as we could while intervening in an association called “Vis de Copil”. We played with children, helping with the food and clothes distribution.
We could still go to the after-school, we went there during the time of the project twice a week. Our job there was to give English classes and to play with them. We always tried to teach them also some French and Spanish to include an interculturality notion.
The project with the library got completely canceled but we funded an alternative which was using our skills to create content on the youtube channel of the library.
This content was reading videos in different languages with Romanian and English subtitles. We also did film interviews of volunteers to talk about their project ad the experience to promote the European solidarity corps.
In a project like this in this kind of situation, you have to adapt. We find out that the best way is to think together and to put our skills into ACTS to find solutions and alternatives. We can always help.
The life of a volunteer in another country while a pandemic from a personal point of view was not so disturbing because we could still travel inside the country.
As an end, I can say that volunteering during this pandemic is still possible and much more needed.