I'm Carina, most probably, at some point, we’ve met and we had the chance to share a little part of who we are. Probably I’ve shared with you my enthusiasm and idealism. Or even we haven't met yet, there is one thing you have to know about me: I believe that through constant actions of each person we can generate an impact and change the status quo. Probably, I also mentioned about my work in AIESEC, the organization I own a big part of who am I today. I’ve recently finished my experience as the coordinator (CCP) for an international conference.
A little over 4 years ago I had my first encounter with volunteering within AIESEC, a global youth-led organization striving to achieve peace and fulfillment of humankind potential. Here, I had the chance to see and hear amazing and powerful stories about the impact that a volunteering experience abroad can have on someone’s life. I also had the chance to help over 20 young people to create their own stories in volunteering abroad and paid internships. Without going into specifics about how their lives were positively impacted, their stories was inspiring enough to plant a seed in my head and for me to want to live also one day this kind of experience.
The reasons behind the journey I’m about to have
There were few key essential moments that made me decide to dedicate my whole energy to generate a change when it comes to our involvement in the challenges our societies are facing. One of those moments was my participation in a research project in Sibiu. There I interviewed the women from the community about their health status. In a village, I’ve met a young girl with a baby in her arms. I approach her and told her about my research study and with a warm smile she told me that she has 14 years old. She was not eligible to participate in the study, as she was too young. She told me that her mother in law and sister in law can help me. On our way to her home, we’ve talked about her life, about boys and school. In this way, I found out that she got pregnant at the age of 13 with her first boyfriend. Nobody explained to her about any birth control methods. The father of her baby is violent with her from time to time, but she cannot do anything as she has nowhere to go. Her home was, in fact, an old house with cold and moldy walls. That was the first time I felt the bubble I was living. I wanted so much to help, but I felt powerless. At that moment I realized how much it costs our inaction, our failure to advocate and help this vulnerable groups. In that specific moment, I realized that the current status quo will not be changed by default. It requires people to challenge and address the current problems, to stand up and act for this. And it requires my involvement and my commitment.
During my studies in public health, I started to understand the roots of our health problems (which comes from the social economic status, the type of job parents have, from the environment, from the policies and public authorities involvement towards the well-being of community). Everything is connected and one thing is certain, there is no universal solution for the problems our communities are facing. The solutions come from a multi-disciplinary approach that requires people from each domain to take an interest in addressing the problems. In other words, we need more people and advocates from each domain to strike up the discussion, strike up the conversation that will help us solve the “unsolvable” problems and the challenges we deal on a daily basis.
My commitment and action
This is the reason I decided to dedicate also my next year to work in the non-profit sector as PR national coordinator in AIESEC Thailand. My role will be to facilitate collaboration between AIESEC Thailand and the non-profit and governmental sector. To create together relevant projects for Thailand in order to generate a positive impact on the target group we aim to serve.
One of the reason I choose Thailand is because in the last years this country has made tremendous progress toward eliminating poverty and boosting shared prosperity. Of course, there is still space for improvement, when it comes to vulnerable groups and access to quality education. I believe that by exposing myself to a country so different, but at the same time so similar with Romania in terms of challenges can help me learn and develop even more. This experience will be definitely a powerful journey, full of challenges, but I know I will come back home in Romania with different perspectives, with many learned lessons, with even more enthusiasm to contribute to the development of the society and to achieve my life mission: to make the world a better, safer and healthier place. In the end, it’s up to me if I choose to contribute and stand up for what matters, and change how tomorrow will look like.
I need your help in order to live my #metanoia in Thailand and to achieve my life mission. The flight ticket is slightly expensive (about 750 EUR round trip. I’ll have to obtain a visa (200 EUR) and the required travel insurance (100 EUR). My accommodation in Bangkok is covered and starting with August I will receive a monthly stipend that will cover the food, but for June and July, I’ll have to cover the expenses. As a result of the costs involved, I am asking for your help to make this dream become a reality. I have set a goal of 1000 EUR because this amount covers most expenses.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. If you like my story and you are crazy and idealistic enough to believe in my dream I can only say I would be really thankful and grateful.
With Love and Appreciations,