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Imogen Bibby
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Hi, I'm Imogen. I'm 20, and currently in my 3rd year of studying Sociology at Durham University. During holidays I also work for the charity MENCAP as a support worker for adults and children with severe learning disabilities. I’m travelling to Romania to volunteer in care homes. It has always been an ambition of mine to travel and make a difference for the children in Romania. I am very excited about travelling and working with the children, and look forward to many new experiences.
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My Last Week

Posted By Imogen Bibby on 21 Jul 2011
18th July:Today was the first day of the Tusnad summer camp! We had a very early start, but had a lovely breakfast in Tusnad! We met for the first time our translator (who is brilliant, its so good to hear the more complex things the children are saying) and two new English volunteers, we instantly got on, and were able to work really well together. In the morning we planned the week ahead in depth, and showed the others around Tusnad.

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Brasov & Picnic

Posted By Imogen Bibby on 16 Jul 2011
16th July:Today me and another volunteer travelled to Brasov by train. Brasov is a really beautiful place; we saw lots of interesting things such as the black tower, and a view from a cable car of the whole city! The atmosphere was really nice, and we were surrounded by other tourists! We had a traditional lunch, which was followed by a massive thunder storm (we got soaked). We managed to find our way back to the train station despite the language barrier, and after a few delayed trains got back to our home stay.

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First Week

Posted By Imogen Bibby on 12 Jul 2011
12th July:This morning we travelled from Csikzereda to Ordorheiu secuiesc to go to another summer camp, to work with the children, but also to get ideas for activities and trips, as our summer camp starts next week. The home was very spacious, and all the children were enjoying activities provided by other Durham University volunteers. The communication between me and the children was improved by translators, and the children were keen to learn English words, and to also teach me Hungarian! We did lots of activities such as football, parachute games, cooking etc.

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Arriving in Romania

Posted By Imogen Bibby on 11 Jul 2011
I really enjoyed the flight from Gatwick to Budapest, however my connecting flight was 4 hours delayed. However when I finally arrive at Tirgu Mures, the heat and beautiful surroundings made up for all that. I was met by my project coordinator who was very welcoming, and filled me in with all that was happening in the coming weeks. We then drove for 4 hours to my home stay in Csikszentsimon. The drive was amazing through the traditional villages of Romania, and it was so interesting seeing and understanding the new culture.

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Setting Off

Posted By Imogen Bibby on 09 Jul 2011
The journey started yesterday, with an hour delayed train from Carlisle due to lightning disrupting signals! The train wasnt too bad though, and I managed to struggle with my rucksack on the Tube and connecting train to my Travelodge at Gatwick. I had a good night's sleep, and am feeling refreshed and very excited, waiting in Gatwick airport for my flight! So close now, and getting used to travelling alone.  Phot

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Pre-Departure

Posted By Imogen Bibby on 05 Jul 2011
It's now only a few days until I will be travelling to Romania to work with orphaned children aged 5-15. I will be volunteering with the Szentkiraly and Szentsimon projects based in Transylvania, Miercurea Ciuc. I am very excited for the journey, new cultural experiences, and predominantly working with the children and providing emotional support, fun and educational activities. Although I am a little nervous as this is my first time travelling alone, I really can't wait to get out there and try and make a difference, I have wanted to go on this trip for such a long time!For the past few weeks I have been collecting, organizing and creating games, toys, books, crafts and basic English teaching resources.

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