I head to Romania in a little over a month. What will I be doing there?
I have been awarded a teaching/research award so I will be both teaching and doing research in Romania.
My teaching will be done in the political science department at Babes-Bolyai University. The master’s program I’ll be contributing to is taught in English (fortunately!).
The research project takes a bit more explanation.
New Horizon’s Foundation (Fundatia Noi Orizonturi; http://www.new-horizons.ro/) has been working in Romania for the past 10 years, attempting to increase the social capital and agency of Romanian youth. The foundation has clubs around the country called IMPACT clubs. The IMPACT clubs use experiential education to increase the active citizenship, employability, social
entrepreneurship, and leadership potential of youth. For my research I’ll be
assisting the foundation in designing and implementing an assessment plan.
When I visited Romania last summer I attended an IMPACT club meeting, but apparently did not take any pictures. This is a picture from last year’s Viaţa camp (remember that a ţ makes a ts sound, so Viaţa is pronounced like viatsa and means life in Romanian).
Viaţa is a summer program where students learn the same sorts of lessons taught by IMPACT in a week long summer camp type setting. IMPACT grew out of a desire to sustain the lessons learned from Viaţa over the school year.
If you would like to learn more about IMPACT here’s a 12 minute video put out by New Horizons: