On  a nice spring morning 30 young boys and girls woke up at 8 a.m. facing a day full of fun, serious talks and a lot to learn. In the newest day of the NEETs for children in need, realized in Sacueni (Romania), we, the youngsters, did presentations about the social system of our home country; saw a short film about the situation of the refugees in Greece; did some energizer games; had a Romanian themed night; discussed about what’s our role and what can we do to help children in need. On our conversations there were themes like abortion, refugees and the culture of which country that was represented (Romania, Lithuania, Greece, Hungary and Portugal). We also had great coffee breaks.

We started the day with energizer games, so everyone would be awake. This was followed by the presentations about the social system of the countries. In each presentation we got the chance to learn something about way of organization in each country represented. This is probably one of the bests part of this project: get to know other cultures and ways of living, be comprehensive and get to present your own ideas.

The presentations were followed with lunch time, to restore energies and after the most interesting activity of the day. We were divided in groups of five and sat at a table talking about various themes, mostly about what we, the government and EU can do to help children in need. It was a awesome experience because those turned out to have really complex answers and opinions where everyone shared their opinion and everyone respectfully listened. One of the better ways to grow as a person is to listen what others have to say and share your our opinions about the matter. It helps you see things in the bigger picture and helps you form a really strong argument.

Finally, the day ended with the Romanian night, where the team showed us some traditional food and made a presentation about basic information and curiosities about Romania. This kind of activities are very good for the people of other countries learn and have a more close look to other cultures.


Rui Sousa