Humas (14/07) | Taking part in Erasmus+ Mobility Program feels like a dream come true. Living abroad has been one of my biggest dreams from when I was in high school, and finally, I got the opportunity to experience what I’ve been dreaming of, though only for 5 months. I would proudly admit that undertaking the program had given me tons of priceless experience, with a bonus of lifelong learning, which I believe will be valuable for my future endeavors.
My Erasmus Mobility period started on the 27th of February 2017, which was also the first day of arrival in the lovely city of Sibiu. I was actually expecting it to be snowing here on the day because winter just finished and I supposed there would still be some snow covering the ground. However, it was already dry from snow, although the air was still pretty cold for me who had never experienced any other seasons but summer and rainy. Knowing that there would not beany more snow, even on the late February, I gave up on my quest to see snow for the first time. Yet, there was this time, in the middle of March, when I had the chance to visit a castle named Peles Castle, located in Sinaia, where it was still snowing there! I was so happy I couldn’t conceal my feelings. I played with the snow and jumped on it a lot, I even took videos of me playing with the snow. Anyway, Peles castle was exquisite. I should say that it is the most beautiful castle that I’ve been into, and would totally recommend people to visit it. Still talking about the weather, in the middle of April, snow came back. It again snowed in Sibiu for several days, which I found oddly satisfying. It was freezing. The temperature dropped until -2º C, which was actually nothing compared to winter when it could reach -30º C or even lower.
During this period of mobility, I was enrolled as a student of the Faculty of Law Lucian Blaga University Sibiu, in which I choose to study 3 subjects namely European Community Law, International Protection of Human Rights, and Protection of the Child and Other Categories of Persons. Since every single subject was delivered in Romanian, the lecturers allowed us not to come to the classes, but we were given several assignments to be used in determining our grades. Although I didn’t see the lecturers in classes, they were still very helpful as to willing to answer our questions and guide us in how to finish our given assignment perfectly. Aside from the subjects in the Faculty of Law, Erasmus Module also provided me with 5 other subjects that I could take if I’m interested to. Anyhow, I only took 4 subjects namely History Notions of Romanian People, Natural Heritage and Tourism in Romania, General Culture, and Romanian Language. All the classes are very exciting and lively, we got to explain and promote our respective countries in presentations and consequently learning more on the diversity the world possesses. Taking Romanian Language class was very helpful. Even though I still cannot speak in Romanian, I do understand several words when people speak, I can count, and I know how to order foods in restaurant using Romanian language. One subject that I love the most is General Culture. The classes are always lively, people are active, and the main theme of every class was always interesting. We did not only study inside classroom, but we also engage ourselves in the real activities and communities to better understand Romanian culture. Outdoor activities range from visiting museums, visiting near villages, and even dancing class. We once visited GuraRaului, a village around 17 km away from Sibiu. On the way there, we stopped at a fortified church in Cristian where we discovered the way people lived in the old times when two different cultures live together in the same village and were using the same church though both their languages were totally different. We also saw a display of traditional clothes from Cristian and went into a warehouse where people store their foods, in which somehow, the warehouse also worked as a fridge. It was weird but amusing at the same time. We then continued our trip to GuraRaului. In GuraRaului, we first visited the GuraRaului Dam, a very important dam that feeds the entire area of Sibiu with water and electricity from the year 1981. The view from the dam was lovely and its peaceful surface of water in the middle of afforested mountains satisfies the eyes. We also visited a big church and another small church in GuraRaului. The interior of the churches were beautiful and to my surprise, it was pretty cold inside though the outside was kind of warm. We then finished our trip by visiting a beautiful old lady who created traditional fabrics with a distinct motif, which I got to buy one of her works.
During my period of mobility, I was involved in not only academic, but also extra-curricular activities. Firstly, I volunteered in Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu International Week 2017, an international event of conferences, workshops, and seminars with participants from all over the world. I met new friends, who were also volunteers in the event, in which we were responsible for administrative needs and also to “usher” some of the participants. Since we had several participants from Indonesia, my friend and I was assigned to usher and help the delegates starting from picking them up from the airport until accompanying them with their chores during their stay in Sibiu. Another volunteering activity that I was involved in was a 24-aeditieFestivalul International de Teatru de la Sibiu or the 24th FITS 2017, the biggest theater festival in the world. As an international volunteer, I was under the command of the coordinators of International Volunteering Programme with volunteers from several countries such as Bulgaria, German, France, The United States of America, Japan, South Korea, China, etc. Most of the international volunteers were responsible in performances companies and guests for Sibiu Performing Arts Market. One of the companies I was responsible for was Katakrak Co. They didn’t necessarily perform in the festival, since their company is working on recycling unused waste into fun and interactive games installation enjoyable for children. They were so creative I wouldn’t even have the idea of making all the installation they established. I was so happy to be involved with them because I could interact with children who might not know how to play certain installations and that everyone looked very happy to play with all the installation.
Lastly, I am very thankful that I have been given the opportunity to undertake the Erasmus+ Mobility Program. I get to meet bunch of new friends from all over the world, I get to know how it feels to live in a different continent from my home, I get to learn lots of new cultures, beliefs, and norms living in certain societies, and most importantly, I acquire lots of lifelong learning that I can apply for my future endeavors.
Contributor : Zulfikar Dimas Winarno
Editor : Alfyan Wahyu Ramadhan