The GROW Magic has started spreading around the country, with the help of our awesome team: the Local Project Managers, the Ambassadors and the International Trainers. Let’s meet some of them!  

Asja Lanzetti from Italy, GROW trainer in Cluj-Napoca 

I used to be an high school student for the past five years and, especially in the last period, that was pretty much my all life, I didn’t have time to dedicate to new activities. 

Last summer I had my last examination and since then I’ve been looking for new opportunities, I always wanted to spend some months in another country and I discovered volunteering while I was looking for something to do.

I was contacted by GROW on Workaway and I thought it was a great opportunity to visit another country, to challenge myself in doing something of new (and a little bit crazy) and to meet new people and learn many new things. 

My biggest expectation for this experience…

…was about myself, I wanted to gain more confidence and determination and I wanted to show myself that I was able to do something of new and out of my comfort zone. Also I had expectations about the training week and about the opportunity to learn how to deliver a session. I woke up everyday expecting to learn something new also from the other participants. At the same time I see this experience as an opportunity to travel, visit a new country e learn more about other Cultures. 

The first day in Romania…

…was pretty great! I spent my first night in the Old Town of Bucharest with some new friends and since the very beginning I had the opportunity to meet new people and other participants. Besides a little bit of estrangement, since it was the beginning of a new experience, I felt really welcomed. 

My biggest dream right now….

…is to enter an art academy and to spend my life working in theaters, besides that I would love to keep doing volunteering experiences, to travel and to meet new people. 

If I had a magic wand…

…I would probably make this experience with GROW last longer. 

Most people don’t know about Italy that…

Everybody knows at least one thing about Italy so I’ll try to say something that maybe could sound new.

  • We are divided in regions and each one of them is completely different from the other, we have different dialects, different foods, we play and dance on different musics, we have really different landscapes as well (Italy is not all about sun and beaches, we have some great mountains and countrysides too! In fact almost four-fifths of Italy is either mountainous or hilly.)
  • We don’t really know what’s the meaning or the origin of the name Italy, but the country was once called Esperia by the Greeks. Pretty cool name in my opinion.
  • In the city in which I used to study, Ivrea, we have a cool carnival called The Historical Carnival of Ivrea in which a Battle of Oranges (literally) revokes the civil war that broke out between the people of Ivrea and the Royal Napoleonic Troops.The battle involves some thousands of townspeople, divided into nine combat teams, who throw oranges at each other – with considerable violence – during the traditional carnival days. At the end of those days the streets are full of smashed oranges and it’s really difficult to walk!