The recently organized XVI. Get-together was held between the 25th and 26th of November at Târgu Secuiesc. It was hard work for all of us, since we could glimpse into our own souls as much as into others’, and we’ve come to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, making the shared work much easier and more efficient.
On the first day, after a bit of mental preparation, we got to introduce ourselves to new members through fun games. Of course, there were people that we’ve known for a longer time too, and we had the chance to get to know them on a deeper level. We were presented with the opportunity to give each other positive feedback and to talk about ourselves first in pairs, then in bigger groups. We started with simple things, the ones you can find even on social media platforms, then we gradually steered towards topics that were more and more personal. This day was perfect for getting to know each other and for getting into the proper mindset for tomorrow’s great task of self-discovery.
The second day started on a joyous, cheerful note. Everyone was eager to start working on the tasks for the day. We were making some great progress on the path of self-discovery, with the help of Imola Orbán. Knowing how our peers would tackle certain situations and knowing how to ease the burden of hardships for each other is certainly one of the keys to maximizing teamwork. The most important question of the weekend was taking form rather quickly: can we offer valuable help to others, can we offer anything at all, if we are not aware of our own competences? We brought to light pieces of ourselves never known before and had the peace and quiet to sort them out. Not incidentally, we understood that the process of polishing our little stones encourages us to turn towards the world in self-acceptance. It also brings us volunteers closer together, through helping us in discovering each other’s journeys so far.
In addition, we got satisfactory answers to a lot of questions that will definitely make the children we meet through volunteering and everyday life all that richer in fun and positive memories. We can say with the utmost certainty that at the end of the second day, we all left with joy and gratitude in our hearts. Gratitude to those that made these two wonderful days possible, and most importantly, gratitude to God, for blessing us with the company of such amazing people.
We’d like to thank the Bethlen Gábor Fund and the Târgu Secuiesc city council for its support!
Written by: Kriszta Istók, volunteer
Translated by: Kertész Zsuzsa