Dear friends, I have been lucky enough to live one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life, thanks to Catalonia Voluntary Service, and the programme Erasmus+. The 5th October started my vibrant journey to the heart of Transylvania, to the nominated and chosen European Youth Capital 2015, Cluj-Napoca, the most famous university city of Romania. A city full of life and young people trying to look for a better future. There, we had the immense luck to participate in a “Personal Branding“ course, with the intention of developing our knowledge about ourselves and showing our image to the world.
I shared this experience with 19 colleagues, from countries like Italy, Croatia, Poland, Cyprus and Romania. Our friendship developement was rooted in hope and our desire to share, from the beginning we were talking about deep topics, important in life. Everyone added interesting things, and the days were full of laughter and good memories. The days were intense and full of learning, we had workshops all day long, and we were hosted in a hotel near the University were all this knowledge was given to us.
We did interesting things such as defining our ideal job, know which are our values, search our best qualities and they gave us the tools to work better on our image. We received advice on how to make a creative CV, how to prepare a social event or job interview. They had prepared surprises, such as classes from professionals of the labour market that orientated us with their experience. We become pro active citizens, workers for youth. All together, we tried to create an action plan to fight unemployment in our countries of origin.
Thanks to the local volunteers we could discover the city by night, and went to the best pubs and clubs to enjoy our free time. This experience was magical and enriching, I recommend it to everyone.