Romania Project 2017
This summer eight students took part in the annual Romania project, running the Summer School at Little John’s Orphanage in Cisnadioara near Sibiu in Transylvania. The project lasted two weeks and also included various afternoon trips as well as a weekend away.
Mrs Van-Hoof led the project with the support of Mrs Wilson and Mr Van-Hoof. Kasia B, Nanouri W, Lucy M, Ana D, Shaun C and Charlie O were joined by Abbey D and Nicole B from Samworth Church Academy in Nottingham to run the project for two weeks.
Over forty children attended the summer school from various orphanages in the area and a local hospital. Gordonstoun students helped to organise and lead a variety of activities ranging from face painting, art activities and various sporting activities. During the summer school the Gordonstoun students needed to be both versatile and proactive in their dealings with the children and endlessly patient. The students displayed all of these qualities in abundance and were a real asset to our school. Most of the children visiting were aged between 4 and 17 years and suffered from a range of disabilities.
Away from the orphanage students were able to made the most of all the varied experiences on offer which included trips to the local mud baths and salt lakes, Sibiu, Sighisoara (the birth place of Dracula), high ropes course and a thermal spa.
Overall the students were a credit to the school. It is sometimes difficult for Gordonstoun students to understand the impact they have on these Romanian children’s lives, however they were very in tune with her surroundings and humbled by their experiences.