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1. Welcome in Craiova AlESEC aims towards "Peace and fulfilment of humankind's potential". There are six main values on which the global organization relies on: Activating Leadership, Demonstrating Integrity, Living Diversity, Enjoying Participation, Striving for Excellence and Acting Sustainably. AIESEC is an organization for young people: either students or graduates. On an individual level, AIESEC enables students to live the AIESEC Experience by taking on leadership opportunities, gaining business skills, and connecting to a global network of students by attending international conferences and internships abroad. There are five main principles: Taking an Active Role (main goal: proactive behaviour), Developing Self-Awareness and Personal Vision (assuming responsibility), Increasing Capacity (learning theory and applying it in practice), Building a Network (networking) and Challenging Worldview (holistic world view).

AIESEC Romania was founded in 1990 and since then it has been offering development opportunities for the students through the Global Community Development Program and the Global Internship Program. These opportunities are in perfect accordance with the students own fields of interest. AIESEC in Romania has 14 local committees, 450 members and over 200 exchange programs and graduates per year. 22 years of generating positive impact in society makes AlESEC in Romania the first provider of international experiences for students and recent graduates.

AlESEC in Craiova was founded on 4th of July 1991 and it was the second local committee of Romania. In 23 years, AIESEC Craiova has offered over 150 international experiences and has developed our community by involving over 150 foreign students.

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2.Discover Romania and Craiova

CAPITAL: Bucharest FORM OF GOVERNMENT: Republic CURRENCY: LEU (RON), plural: LEI (pronunciation: lay)  

1 EUR0 = 4.39 LEI 1 USD = 3.23 LEI

Romania is a small country in Eastern Europe, on the edge of the Balkans. It is just over 92,000 square miles (238,000 sq. km) in size, just slightly smaller than the United Kingdom. The vast majority of the population is composed of ethnic Romanians, although smaller numbers of Hungarians and also Roma make up sizable blocs. Romanians are the sole descendants of the Eastern Roman world, and their language, together with Spanish, Portuguese, French and Italian, is derived from Latin. The majority of Romanians are Eastern Orthodox Christians. As such, major Orthodox holidays, such as Easter and Christmas are celebrated with a great deal of flair throughout the country. Starting at approximately 500 BCE the area now known as Romania was settled by a tribe known as the Dacians. Over time they grew to be a sizable regional power, even threatening the Roman interests in the region around 50 BCE. Throughout the Dark Ages the area was ruled by a number of different empires, including the Avars, the Huns, the Goths, and the First Bulgarian Empire. During the period of Austro-Hungarian rule in Transylvania, and Ottoman suzerainty over Wallachia and Moldavia, most Romanians were in the situation of being second-class citizens (or even non-citizens) in a territory where they formed the majority of the population. In some Transylvanian cities, such as Brasov, Romanians were not even allowed to reside within the city walls. Later on, in spite of the hostility and open opposition of the same great and powerful neighbours, they managed to achieve national unity in 1859, a process eventually completed in 1918. In 1877 the country declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire, which after a brief war was recognized.

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At the end of World War I, the centuries-old dream of reunification of all the Romanians within the boundaries of one single nation-state came true. The ensuring two decades of economic, political and cultural advance are cut short soon after the outbreak of World War II, in 1940, when one third of the country's area and population is amputated. In 1945 the short-lived Greater Romania was controlled by the Soviet Union and Bulgaria. The hopes awakened by the distance taken from the Soviet model over 1960-1968 are soon dispelled by the advent to power of most oppressive and absurd totalitarian regime: that of Nicolae CeauĹ&#x;escu. In 1989 a tumultuous revolution leads to the execution of the communist head of state, a split from the Soviet Union, and the restoration of democracy to the country. The adoption of the new Constitution in November 1991, the free parliamentary and presidential elections of May 1990 and September 1992 were as many steps on the path to the irreversible break- away from the communist regime.

The climate of Romania is temperate-continental, meaning there are four distinct seasons. The average winter temperature is -30 C, snow covers the area from the end of December until middle of March. Spring (March, April, May) is perhaps the most awaited season, easily noticeable not only in the atmosphere but also in the mood of the inhabitants. Depending on the period when you are here you should expect rainy springs. Summer (June, July, August) starts in mid-May by temperatures ranging from 20 to 25 degrees C. In summertime, temperatures can exceed 300 C around noon, especially in big cities, therefore it is recommended to avoid direct sunlight exposure. Despite the hot summers, there is no siesta in Romania, so all tourist attractions are open during the regular working hours. Autumn debuts in mid-September, when temperatures start dropping, especially at night. In late October and throughout November rainy and foggy days are not unusual, announcing the arrival of winter. When packing, consider taking adequate clothes and remember, you can always ask us for further information. An interesting fact about Romania's geography is that the plains, the hillside sand the mountains occupy each the same percentage of the landscape- 33%, and 1% is occupied by the Danube Delta. So you can find pretty much everything your heart desires: the Carpathian Mountains, covered with ancient forests, carved by deep valise hollowed up by echoing caves, crisscrossed by streams rivers and waterfalls, hillsides covered by vineyards and plains with villages.

Craiova is situated in the Romanian Plain at an altitude between 75 – 116 metres high, near the east bank of the river Jiu. The city lies in the centre of the south region, Oltenia, and it is 227 km far from Bucharest and 68 km far from the Danube.

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Craiova (Romanian pronunciation: [kraˈjova]) is Romania's 6th largest city and capital of Dolj County. It is a longstanding political centre, and is located at approximately equal distances from the Southern Carpathians (north) and the River Danube (south). As the capital of the historical province of Oltenia, Craiova is an historic, commercial and cultural centre. The city prospered as a regional trading centre despite an earthquake in 1790, a plague in 1795, and a Turkish assault in 1802 during which it was burned. The university town of Craiova, founded on the site of the Dacian stronghold Pelendava prides itself on the strong academic tradition and wealth of important historical figures who passed through here on their journey to fame: Wallachian Prince Mihai Viteazu - who served as the ban (military governor) of Craiova and achieved the first unification of the three Romanian principalities in 1600, the world-famous sculptor Constantin Brancusi - who studied at the Craiova Art School (Scola de Arte si Meserii) between 1894 - 1898 and carved his first sculptures here, and Craiova-born Petrache Poenaru (1799- 1875) - inventor of the first cartridge fountain pen.

Interesting facts: 

The majority of train locomotives in Romania originated at the Electroputere workshops in Craiova.  In 1913, the treaty of peace which ended the Balkan War, treaty known in history as The Peace from Craiova, was signed here.  The bans had the right of coining money stamped with their own effigies, hence the name of bani (centimes) in Romanian language.

In Romania Sites of interest in the country include the Carpathian Mountains, which run down the middle of Romania; the painted churches of northern Moldavia; the majestic Danube river – and particularly the Danube delta, which is a World Heritage Site; and the region of Transylvania, with its intact Saxon villages.

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In Craiova The Nicolae Romanescu Park is the largest and best-known park in the city, and houses its own zoo. Through the initiative of Nicolae P. Romanescu, the mayor of Craiova at that time, the park was designed by French architect Émile Rendont. In 1900, the designs for the park won the gold medal at the Paris World Fair. The city hosts a great number of religious buildings, many of them dating back to medieval times. The Church of Cosuna Monastery for example is the oldest building preserved in Craiova, dating from the 15th century. You can spend a relaxing afternoon visiting the monastery, located only 2.1 miles outside of the city centre. Another religious site, Madona Dudu Church, is renowned for its mural paintings, completed by the famous Romanian painter Gheorghe Tattarescu. The Cathedral of Saint Demetrius is another church of great importance in the history and present of Craiova. For those who want to find out more about the history and the traditions of this region we recommend a visit to the Oltenia Museum, housed in Baniei House (1699), the oldest nonreligious building that exists in Craiova and one of the oldest lay buildings in the country. The Art Museum in Craiova - building that houses the museum was built in 1896, following the plans of the French architect Paul Gotereau. Its main attraction is the art gallery dedicated to Constantin Brâncuși, exhibiting six of his early sculptures.It also has a variety of paintings by leading Romanian masters such as: Theodor Aman and Nicolae Grigorescu. For the ones who want to experience the nature more scientifically, a stop at the Botanical Garden would be the best choice. For the ones who want fun sports outside there is the newly renovated Jiu Meadow, known as The Youngsters Park. You can play football, tennis, basket, and chess or go rollerskating.

Since Romania isn’t teeming with tourists, older traditions — like making homemade schnapps and weaving and woodcarving — are still going strong. 6


Food Romanians like to eat, and they eat a lot with a great diversity. Recipes bear the same influences as the rest of Romanian culture: from Roman times there still exists the simple pie called placintă. The Turks brought meatballs (fried mititei or perișoare in a soup called ciorbă); from the Greeks there

is the musaca

(moussaka); from the Bulgarians, a wide variety of vegetable dishes like zacuscă; from the Austrians there is the sniţel (schnitzel) and covrigi (hot pretzels); from the Hungarians, their ornate pastries etc.

Sarmale

The really traditional foods are tocaniţă or salata de vinete (eggplant salad). Wine is the main alcoholic drink and has a tradition of over two millennia. Romania is currently the world's ninth largest wine producer and exports have increased in recent years. Moreover, Romania is the world's second largest grower of plums, and almost all of the plums become either the famous ţuică (a once-refined plum brandy) or pălincă (twice-or-more-refined plum brandy). One of the most common meals is the mamaligă, a common meal mush. Pork is the main meat used in Romanian cuisine, but also beef is consumed and a good lamb or fish dish is never to be refused. In conjunction with special events or periods, different recipes are prepared. During Christmas, traditionally every family slaughters a pig and cooks it using a wide variety of traditional recipes like sarmale - tradditional Romanian cabbage rolls with meat that are always during Christmas, as well as other occasions or for no occasion at all; cârnaţi- a kind of long sausages with meat; caltaboși - sausages made with liver and other intestines; piftie a jelly made from parts like the feet, the head and ears; and also tochitură(a kind of stew) is served along with mamaligă and wine ("so that the pork can swim") and as dessert the traditional cozonac (sweet bread with nuts or lokum). Lamb is traditional for Easter: the main dishes are roast lamb and drob - a cooked mix of all, meat and fresh vegetables, served with pască (pie made with cottage cheese) as a sweetener.

Events 1st of March = Mărţişor is the traditional celebration of the beginning of the spring. The day’s name is the diminutive of March and thus means something like “little” or “dear March”. It is a symbol of spring, “a good luck charm” in English and a “portebonheur” in French. The white and red thread of the amulet (a coin, money cowrie) which parents customarily tied around their 7


children’s wrist, young men offered to young women, and young women used to exchange among themselves was believed to bring good luck and good health. It is also a gift of sincerity, of devoted love, is a gift of the nobility of our soul. It’s an ancient tradition which still lives. Saint Andrew. Romanians celebrate Saint Andrew as a patron saint on the 30th November. The night of Saint Andrew is destined to some pre-Christian customs for the protection of the people, animals and households. Also, the eve of this feast is considered to be the moment when the barrier between the real world and the yonder world rises. Superstitious belief exists that the night before St. Andrew's Day is especially suitable for magic that reveals a young woman's future husband or that binds a future husband to her. One of the biggest surprises for EPs was how easy it was to get around Romania. The country is fairly well-connected by trains, buses, and planes to the rest of Europe, and you can even use your Eurail pass here.

Bus There are two means of common transportation in Craiova: public and private. For both 1 ticket is 2 lei. The public transportation covers routes within the most important places in Craiova. For more information visit their website: www.rat-craiova.ro

Car rental Car is the best way to visit Romania as this allows visitors to admire the unique scenery and take advantage of the innumerable photo opportunities that they will encounter even during short drives. Renters must be over 21 and have a valid driver's license and an internationally valid credit card.

Train Romania has a well-developed railway network that covers virtually the whole country. The cheapest and slowest are Local Trains (Personal). The next fastest and more expensive are Express Trains (Accelerat and Rapid) that require a seat reservation long with the ticket. The fastest and the most expensive are Inter-City Trains (Inter City). The last two types of trains have dining cars and sleepers (overnight or long distance trains only). For more information see the website: www.cfrcalatori.ro or www.regiotrans.ro.

Taxi They can be summoned by telephone or hailed on the street. Authorized taxis can be recognized by the TAXI sign on the roof. All Taxis should be equipped with meters. Calling a taxi company is always a good idea. In case you don’t have any phone number from a taxi company, please go to the information desk in the airport or ask your buddy/reception responsible for assistance. Drivers approaching you at the airport or at the train station in Bucharest are likely to inflate 8


their rates;

please avoid them!

In Craiova the price per kilometre is 1,49 lei and you can

find them everywhere. Despite the negative media campaigns, Romania remains one of the safest countries in Central and Eastern Europe, with a crime rate below the European average. The level of corruption stays nevertheless high, unfortunately prompted by the population as well, who looks for quick fixes against bureaucracy. In order to avoid incidents, you should always request legal justification along with evidence and not encourage those who represent authority to find a solution outside the law. For any medical emergency call the unique number 112. If you suffer from certain chronic diseases, try to stick to your diet as much as possible, though traditional Romanian cuisine can be very tempting. Vaccination is not required when entering Romania, the risk of epidemics being zero. Tap water is drinkable, though it might have an unpleasant taste. In mountainous regions, spring water can also be safe to drink; in fact many springs have pure mineral water, biologically tested and benefiting from therapeutic properties.

3. Useful Information Usually, we accommodate our trainees either in student or high-school dorms, either in rented apartments. If you will be living in a student dorm, come with an open mind and try to lower your expectations regarding accommodation. There you will have basic accommodation conditions, which are offered to the regular student in Romania – so this may sometimes come to you as a cultural shock, but think of it as a new experience, that will transform you into a more mature person and will allow you to have another perspective upon life conditions in different cultures. For example: during summer time (because the temperature gets really high), if there is food left in the room, bugs can suddenly appear. So it is not the end of the world, but come prepared and curious, but ready to adapt! It is just normal to happen at some point in our dorms. In the rooms from the student dorms, you will most probably share a room with 2, 3 or 4 other trainees – this is the way our dorms are organized. That’s really cool, because you will never get bored and you’ll always have awesome company around! If you will be living in a rented apartment, you will most probably have to cook your own food and you will also share a room or a bed. In this case, be attentive with the level of noise, neighbours (especially old people) can get (let’s say) easily disturbed and call the police. It has happened before, even if the trainees did not throw a party or something. So before bringing a lot of people in the apartment, please check with us if it’s ok.

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Most of the dorms have kitchens, common bathrooms and laundry rooms at your disposal. Depending on the apartment, some of them might not have utilities like refrigerator, cooker, washing machine, air conditioner or sheets. We try to rent flats that include all these utilities. In case, something will be missing we will inform you in advance and give you alternative solutions. We are striving to have internet connection in each dorm/house/apartment we provide for our trainees and this is how it happens for the big majority of cases. In some cases, the internet connection gets slower at home (if there are many trainees using just one Internet router, for example), but you will always have great internet connection in the AIESEC office! Plus, Romania is one of the top countries in terms of speed of the internet connection and free Wi-Fi connections! You can find them at any cafe, bar, pub or restaurant.

Most of the projects don’t have meals included. It is important for you to know that, as everywhere, it is cheaper to cook your own food. There are plenty of supermarkets and markets, from where you can purchase fresh food. Some of the most popular are: Auchan (2 franchises), Billa, Kaufland, Pe gustate etc. If you prefer restaurants, a variety of them are available. You can choose between traditional to Chinese or from cheaper to more expensive. There are also many pubs and bars that offer quick snacks. Fast-food is also available at every corner-street, including McDonald’s and KFC. Romanians prefer eating pastries; therefore you can find small bakeries everywhere. Detailed information on the following: http://www.getlokal.ro/en/craiova/s/eating-out Romanians are not big drinkers. The country has its fair share of old soaks of course, but much like the Greeks or Bulgarians, Romanians drink only in moderation letting their hair down only on special occasions (weddings, christenings, New Year's Eve etc.). Having fun in a bar, pub or club is a popular activity amongst youngsters (and not only). In order to buy an alcoholic drink you have to be at least 18. Some of the most popular bars amongst AIESECers are: Vintage La Pasaj, Play Teatru - Cafe, One Pub, Pub’s Pub etc.

One thing about Romania and evenmore Craiova is that it’s cheap. Cheaper even than the Czech Republic and Hungary, you should go to Romania just because of its price tag. Everything from accommodation to transport to food is affordable. Even the “touristy” places are far from expensive. For more information about prices visit: http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/country_result.jsp?country=Romania Always change money in a bank, or in an exchange house but only if it has a big sign with 0% commission, never with people on the street. In general, exchange offices located at the airport or near railway stations offer lower exchange rates, so it is better to exchange money at a bank. 10


Atms The majority of ATMS (Bancomate in Romanian) accept Visa, MasterCard and Maestro cards. The easiest and cheapest way to carry money is in the form of a debit card, with which you can withdraw cash either over the counter in a bank or from an ATM. Charges are minimal at major Romanian banks (typically from zero to about 2%) and some home banks charge nothing at all for the use of their cards overseas. Check with your bank about transaction fees and withdrawal limits.

International transfers You can have money sent to you through the Western Union (www.westernunion.com) money transfer service. Money is received within 15 minutes of the sender transferring it (along with the transaction fee) at any of the 30,000 Western Union agents scattered worldwide.

Cash The Exchange Office (Casa de Schimb Valutar in Romanian) is the place to exchange cash. They are either self-contained offices or just desks in travel agencies, train stations, post offices and department stores. The further out from the cities you go, the less numerous they are. Casele de Schimb Valutar are usually open between 9am and 6pm on weekdays and to around 2pm on Saturday, but some open longer and a few stay open 24 hours. Casele de Schimb Valutar change cash only and accept major world currencies. The most common and thus the most easily changed are US dollars, euros and UK pounds. There’s no commission on transactions – the rate you get is what is written on the board (every Casa de Schimb Valutar has a board displaying its exchange rates). You don’t need to present your passport or fill out any forms.

For everyday life            

Laptop; Cell phone; Sportswear; Swim suit & slippers; Umbrella; Warm clothes; One formal outfit; Towels; Sheets (not necessary); Smaller bags; Hair dryer; Medicine.

For the Global Village      

Postcards, magazines or newspapers; Musical instruments; Traditional food, drinks or ingredients; Traditional clothing; Flags; Money; Any other thing that can represent your country.

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Useful words and phrases Adding to the ease of travel is the fact that almost everyone in the country speaks at least a little English — especially those in the younger generations. This makes it easy to not only to travel in Romania, but also to get to know the locals a bit. Romanian is a romance language, and understanding its written version is relatively easy for anyone with knowledge of Italian, Spanish, French and Portuguese. Where you may have trouble understanding the spoken version, especially in Bucharest where words tend to be slurred into each other. If you want to try speaking Romanian yourself, try our mini-survivaldictionary:

English

Romanian Phrases

Hi!

Hei! Salut! Buna!

Good morning!

Buna dimineata!

Good afternoon!

Buna ziua!

Good evening!

Buna seara!

Welcome! (to greet someone)

Bine ai venit(singular)or bine a-ti venit(pl)

How are you? (friendly)

Ce faci? Ce faceti? (plural)

I'm fine, thank you!

Bine, multumesc!

And you? (friendly)

Tu? Voi? (plural)

Good

Bine

I missed you

Imi este dor de tine

Thank you (very much)!

Multumesc (mult)

You're welcome! (for "thank you")

Cu placere

Have a nice day! Or Goodbye!

La revedere

Good night!

Noapte buna

See you soon!

Pe curind

Have a good trip!

Drum bun

Good luck!

Succes! Or Bafta!

Happy birthday!

La multi ani

Congratulations!

Felicitari or bravo

Enjoy! (or: bon appetit)

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English

Romanian Phrases

It was nice meeting you!

Imi pare bine sa va cunosc

Sorry! (or: I beg your pardon!)

Ce ati spus? Or Poftim?

Sorry (for a mistake)

Imi cer scuze/va rog sa ma iertati !

No problem!

Nu-i problema

I don't understand!

Nu inteleg

I don't know!

Nu stiu

What's that called in Romanian?

Cum se spune in romaneste?

Excuse me! (before asking someone)

Scuze

I'm lost

M-am pierdut

Can you help me?

Ma puteti ajuta?

Airport

Aeroport

Bus station

Statie de autobuz

Train station

Gara

Yes

Da

No

Nu

Numbers:

5 = cinci (chinch)

0 = zero (zero)

6 = sase (shaseh)

1 = unu (oo-noo)

7 = sapte (shapteh)

2 = doi (doy)

8 = opt (ohpt)

3 = trei (tray)

9 = noua (noah)

4 = patru (pah-troo)

10 = zece (zecheh)

Electricity In Romania, electronic devices run at 220-230 V with a frequency of 50 Hz. Please make sure that your plugs fit a type C or type F socket! If not, please consider purchasing an electronic adapter before your arrival.

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Etiquette

Men indicate their respect for women by a tip of the hat, a kiss on the hand, or

standing to offer them a seat. It is also customary for younger people to defer to their elders. Romanians are known for hospitality and generosity. Guests are always fed. You must bring something, flowers, chocolates or a bottle of good whisky. You will probably be offered ţuică, or its more refined brother pălincă. Get used to it. You may as well because you cannot escape its all-embracing charm.

Local Laws & Police

If you are driving, or are out late at night, it is a good idea to carry at

least a photocopy of your passport and driving license. Random ID checks are very rare, but it is the law to have some form of ID and the ORI (Romanian Immigration Office) papers that you will receive after 5 days in Craiova, on you at all times. Prostitution is slated for legalization soon, but for now the practice remains illegal. The age of consent is 18 for both heterosexuals and homosexuals.

Drinking in public (except in designated areas) leaves you open to a fine, while jaywalking is also illegal, although everyone appears to do it.

Drugs in Romania

This is a 'zero tolerance' country. Just do not do it! Penalties are

draconian: up to seven years for being a user and almost life for distributing. As for the police, you will probably only come in to contact with a traffic officer. If you are arrested ask to speak to your embassy for advice.

Golden Rules 1.

Make sure you always report to your buddy/VP responsible if you intend to visit new places or leave the city/country.

2. Make sure you complete and receive a copy of all the necessary forms upon arrival (Volunteer contract, ORI paper and so on). 3. Take care of the place where you live and when you finish your internship, make sure the place is as you found it (clean and tidy). 4. Report any problems you might have as soon as possible to the OCP/VP responsible; 5. Do not talk with strangers and avoid people who seem to be dangerous. 6. Do not buy things from people if they approach you on the streets they might be fake or they might not be worth the money (extremely expensive). 7. Enjoy your time here, get involved into as much activities as possible, share your culture, have fun and smile. 8. It's always a pleasure for all the local committees to receive you. You can be sure that you will always be very welcomed. You can also be sure that you will be in contact with a lot of people that will be working for (and with) you for reaching the best exchange experience ever. 14


4.Testimonials

“Craiova is a peaceful small city, where you get familiar with places in a short time. Other good thing about Craiova is that you can easily walk everywhere and it has a spirit of small University City. People in Craiova are very welcoming, warm, attentions and friendly people, even with foreigners. I wasn't expecting for this, particularly because of the image of people around Europe. They are attentions so you can count on them if you need help or want to have fun. About nightlife, they really know how to enjoy it. Parting, going out or just chilling out, you can be sure you will have a great time. I could also notice they are responsible, dedicated and helpful people. Punctual in their appointments, worried about quality and prevented, trying to avoid problems that might happen. Even when I was already familiar with my way to the school, with the students and the project, there was always someone following me to help with anything in case I needed. Craiova exceeded my expectations, and I totally recommend the experience. I love Craiova, and the people I met there. I’m sure I'll take it for my life and I'm planning to go back as soon as I can! Thank you once again, AIESEC in Craiova, and all the members that made possible for me to have the best experience of my life!

” Mariane Zanatta, Brazil AIESEC School, 2013-2014

“What is your favorite place in the world? Mine is Craiova, a small city from Romania that I discovered last year on a GCDP. The thing with Craiova is that you can have different experiences, that city has fun for all kind of people, and you never get bored. People from there are the best, they will make you feel like home, in fact, you won’t want to go back home. There I had the time of my life, visiting parks and museums during the day and enjoying the amazing nightlife with very cool people that I met. My experience in Craiova was so great that I decided to repeat it, so three months later I was there again, and it was even better!

” Juliana Freitas, Brazil

International Kindergarten, summer 2013 & spring 2014

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“I communicated regularly with both my home and host LC's. They made it clear from the very start that I can tell them absolutely anything and I appreciate everything, with regards to this aspect. I was not an AIESEC-er prior to the exchange but our hosting LC has always been involving us in projects and meetings and they made sure that we know what's happening. They also accompany us when needed, so we are sure that we are always safe.

” Carmela Sagritalo, The Philippines TRY, spring 2013

“My life in Romania started more than a month before I arrived in the country. Even though I did not have any information about the country; when I read the TN form I said to myself that if my interviewer is nice and fast at replying my application then I will go to Romania out of all the three other opportunities I had applied for. True to that; I had an awesome interviewer; as well as a fast feedback to my interview. Then came the visa application worries; thanks to the great team at AIESEC Craiova plus the Romanian Consulate, my application was not so much delayed like usual visa applications. Finally I arrived in Romania; I was picked up by a great OC for the project I initially came for. The OCP was awesome at keeping everything tick and easing my transition. At one point I had an instance that made me thick I had blundered at coming to Romania but all this was lost because I was enjoying being in Craiova weeks later. It was amazing experiencing close proximity to two different ages in Romania; kindergarten kids and teenagers. It was hard waking up some mornings especially after a late night of crazy Craiova fun. However it was always great to walk into the training rooms and find excited teenagers. They were enthusiastic, amazing, lovely, crazy….all things teenagers could be and I miss them.

Rinah Nannyonga, Uganda Grow, spring 2014

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Contact:

Adina CIUREA VP iGCDP ‘14-‘15 AIESEC Craiova

e-mail: ciurea.adina93@gmail.com skype: ciurea.adina facebook: www.facebook.com/dulce.amarui website: www.aiesec-craiova.org

AIESEC Craiova at Romanian Youth Leadership Forum 2014

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Reception Booklet AIESEC Craiova