Catalina and Matei are currently spending their time at the international voluntary camps, where they have opportunity to meet people from different countries and learn new things about Ukraine while working together to preserve unique culture heritage. Catalina helps to renovate the territory around the Pidkamin monastery, which situted in the Lviv region. Matei, along with other volunteers, cleans up the Jewish cemetery in Chernivtsi. Here are some impressions from our volunteers:
On the train to Chernivtsi I met this nice Ukranian couple(around 50 years old) inside my compartment who were also heading there for one night and after that they were going to Romania for a small trip. She didn’t really speak English, but they were both learning Romanian so we got to mix all 3 languages during our conversation which was interesting because we all had something new to learn. Because their hotel was on the same street as the college dormitory where I was supposed to go to, they were kind enough to take me with their taxi(and they didn’t accept my money). Once arrived at the dormitory, the lady on duty who was probably in her 60s, I was pleasantly surprised to hear her speak Romanian so we had a small chat. During the next day I got to meet the other volunteers and in the afternoon we went to the Jewish Cemetery where we are supposed to work for 2 weeks and met this really friendly German named Christian who showed us around. During the next few days we joined the other German people(which are all over 50 years old) for embellishing the graveyard by cutting some of the small trees, vines, grass etc. in order to reveal the graves. The city has a rich and interesting history and it makes me even more curious because it was part of Romania between the 2 World Wars. Looking forward to finding out more about this charming place.
In the description of the project it said that it entails hard and often monotonous work and I found this to be true once I arrived here. At the same time it is rewarding and very fun thanks to the amazing team here, the support and encouragement we give to each other makes things so much easier. But not everything is work, we took this weekend off and visited monasteries and castles in Олеська, Почаїв and Золочів, thus getting a better chance to visit the country side of Ukraine