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Volunteering in Bucharest

Rosa Alexander and Justyna Mlynarczyk (S6) reflect on the week they spent volunteering with others from S6 in the Budimex Marie Curie Children’s Hospital and the Recuperare Centre.

During our October break, 8 of us from S6 (together with 2 members of staff) undertook a life changing trip to Romania to volunteer at the Marie Curie Children’s Hospital.  After several months working hard to raise funds for the hospital we went over to see how the money would be spent, spend time with the children and visit our link school.

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During most days we would spend the morning and afternoon working in the hospital during which we were in the ergo-therapy rooms and playrooms.  In the afternoons some of us were also lucky enough to experience the activities held in the recovery centre where we made arts and crafts with the children. It was an incredible experience for all of us. The children were all so amazingly strong and welcomed us with open arms. Despite the language barrier, the children and their families made a bond with a lot of us that lasted the whole week. We could see that everyone who worked in the hospital genuinely loved every minute of what they did and that they cared so much for each child that they saw despite how busy they always were.

Romania Oct 15 6The happy and positive environment the nurses and doctors created made us feel upbeat all the time and meant that we were able to transfer all this good energy to the children.

We also found some time to explore Bucharest which is rich in culture and history.  We persevered through rain and cold to explore the capital city and managed to visit among others the Palace of Parliament, The National Museum and the remains of the Old Princely Court.