Ajungem MARI begins recruiting child volunteers from foster care centers across the country. The deadline for submission of entries is September 20th.
Children in placement centers need people like air to support, understand and give them confidence. There are more than 45,000 children and young people in Romania’s protection system. Almost 9,000 children enter the system every year, as a result of abandonment or the various tragedies that befall their families, and most of them suffer from psychological trauma that needs a lot of work and assistance to overcome. Because of them, children placed in institutions no longer have the ability to monitor and realize their potential.
1,600 volunteers are required to work with children in nursing homes
It takes so much… but there is still so little to change the world of such a child. For 8 years, the Ajungem MARI educational program, implemented by the Lindenfeld Association, has made a noticeable and visible change in the lives of thousands of children in the protection system. For 8 years, volunteers of the Ajungem MARI have been preparing them for an independent life when they leave the protection system, do their homework, meditate with them, go on trips and camps with them and practice kindness every day. Furthermore, the Ajungem MARI educational program received a recommendation from the Ministry of Labor in 2016 to be implemented to support as many vulnerable children as possible in the country.
Two hours a week, a chance for a better future for institutionalized children
More than 9,000 volunteers of the organization have reached thousands of children in Bucharest and 24 other provinces of the country in these years. They meditated with them, took them to professional courses, to camps and day trips, to speech therapy or psychotherapy, and above all, were their moral and emotional support.
Now, Ajungem MARI is starting a new campaign to recruit volunteers who want to do good, thus changing the world in small steps. We are looking for people who give children in nurseries two hours a week of their time and a chance for a better future.
“Being a volunteer at Ajungem MARI is a huge responsibility, but also an extraordinary joy. You don’t need any special talent, not many colleges or to work with an open heart. But you will work with fragile hearts and big souls, so you need compassion and a desire to make a real impact. And you carry this responsibility for 8 months a year.Being a volunteer, Ajungem MARI also comes with benefits, including opportunities for personal development through trainings conducted by our professionals – psychologists, coaches and career counselors, and the chance to have a real impact ‘in the office’ – Your good ideas are not only to stay in a presentation, the opportunity to get out of your comfort zone, as meeting and interacting with children in foster care can be difficult. Our team is with volunteers and gives them all the support they need during the volunteer unit” – Vivianda Nikolai, Ajungem MARI Project Coordinator.
What you need to know if you want to become an Ajungem MARI volunteer
Any form of volunteering intended for children and young people in the protection system – foster care centers, day care centers, emergency centers, family apartments – lasts for 8 months, from November 15, 2022 to June 30, 2023. Children need stability in their lives and confidence that if they put Establish them in someone, that person will not suddenly disappear from their lives.
We work for two hours a week with children, physically, but also online, if there is no possibility to go directly to the project beneficiaries, and those who wish to go through a selection and training process will initially go through it. There are no general culture tests, but there are stages designed to facilitate the selection of the right people, who understand the commitment they are prepared to make and are determined to be with the children for the long term.
Ajungem MARI volunteers are generally adults, students or high school students, ages 16 and up, with no age limit, communicative, engaged and willing to truly help children.
The registration period is in August and September, after which the psychological test, interview and training begin directly. All details about registration, selection and preparation stages can be found at www.ajungemmari.ro.