During summer 2016 Rareș Ciorgodi from Romania was an Erasmus+ Trainee at Lecti Adventure, working with tourism and promoting culture and trips. Lecti Trainee asked him a few questions about his internship.
Why did you choose Varna?
In 2007 I was with my parents near Varna at the seaside. I was very much pleased about the people, and the culture that is similar to ours. And since then I have wanted to come back and explore the beauty of Bulgaria.
The first time I heard about Lecti was from my faculty teacher, he said that there is a trainee placement possibility in Varna. So I said that I must try it, because it is something new, and near Romania. I made a little research about Lecti and I liked what I saw. I mean it was in my priority attributes: trade, entrepreneurship and services.
What did you learn during your time in Varna?
The most important things that I learned during my traineeship was social media (where I promoted culture and culinary trips to different countries), trade and tourism activities. I had the opportunity to create trips to Romania and Bulgaria that are used today by Lecti Adventure. I was the second guide for an international Erasmus+ students’ trip to Kaliakra and Balchik. I also worked with possible partnerships with different tour operators around the world.
Another important part of my traineeship was a presentation about Romania. The name of my project was “Romania in my eyes” and I spoke about the culture, history, beautiful and interesting natural sites in Romania, but also about the connections with Bulgaria.
It’s very important for all not to be afraid of talking in public. This is a big opportunity to show exactly what an important employee you are!
How did you change during your stay?
During my placement I found out that you must follow your dreams. It doesn’t matter what you want, but you have to fight for the things you like. Lecti supports you in all situations.
At first it was a little hard being I my own, taking care of the apartment by myself, but I can say that in these months I evolved personally and professionally.
What did you enjoy?
There were many things that I liked about Lecti and its CEOs. I enjoyed my time in Varna because there were two special persons that took care of me, gave me all the information I needed, supported me in many cases and with ideas, and because they trusted me.
Bulgaria is a wonderful place, I’ve visited a few cities and I love its history and archaeology. I am a fan of Thracians and Dacians (they lived in Bulgaria and Romania more than two thousand years ago), and I visited some important ancient tombs.
The views in Bulgaria are very beautiful, but Varna has something much more: the sea.
What was difficult in Bulgaria?
The language was difficult, because I wanted to learn a little Bulgarian, but the alphabet is hard. But I managed with my English to resolve many situations and to speak with Bulgarian people about Bulgarian life.
Tips for the next trainees?
Bulgaria is a wonderful place, full of history and culture, with important culinary traditions (and also very good food) and archaeology. I recommend all students to come to Varna and find out for themselves the beauty of the sea, the taste of mussels (Bulgarian: midi). The people are very friendly and I am sure that you will be sorry if you don’t try this place.
There are many things in life that are not worth doing, but this adventure is definitely worth every moment!
Photo: Rareș talks about Romania at Café Olé Seaport, Varna, in September 2016.
(c) Lecti Culture Centre, photo 2016