Kindergarten Teacher for a Day

Q: What do Steven van Groningen, Marcel Iureș, Andreea Esca and Adelin Petrișor have in common?
A: They have all been a Kindergarten Teacher for a Day.

“Every visit we received was wonderful for the kids because it rarely happens for somebody else to spend time with them. It made them feel they were important – and then their parents were so proud and happy too. It was like a confirmation – that they are on the right track by bringing the children to grădiniță. For me, as a teacher, every handshake from the visitors meant hope. Thank you!“ Izabella Orban, teacher in Apața, Brașov County

Originally inspired and empowered by Raiffeisen Bank, being a Teacher for a Day gives volunteers the opportunity to experience the reality in which rural children are living and learning, while giving the children a chance to interact with adults from the outside world. Since 2015, over 200 volunteers from all walks of life have been “Teachers for a Day”, including 65 Raiffeisen volunteers (2015/2019), and 40 UiPath volunteers (2019).

Greeted with curiosity and enthusiasm, our substitute teachers quickly become heroes to the children as they read them stories, teach them new skills, introduce them to new worlds, and many other creative activities devised by the volunteers themselves.

At the same time, visitors gain a new understanding of daily life in rural areas. They also provide an important affirmation to the teachers who, day in and day out, receive very little appreciation for their hard work and influential role in the lives of Romania’s most vulnerable children.

For more information on how you or your organization can participate in the Teacher for a Day program, contact: oana.tomozei@ovid.ro, phone number: +40 742 887 544.

After spending the day with the children I realized that most of our stereotypes are built on the presumption that we all get the same start in life. Access to water and electricity is taken for granted nowadays, but not in Apața.“ Răzvan Exarhu, journalist

I honestly wonder who benefited more from our encounter: the children or I?” 
Dan Rădulescu

I was truly touched by what I’ve seen today. I don’t know what impressed me more: the children, the teachers or the poverty they live in.” Nicoleta Lungu, Raiffeisen volunteer

I became a teacher for a day, and got a lesson for life! The teachers, the team at OvidiuRo, and the mums–they all won our respect. Even through the simple act of walking, not driving, up through the community, we were paying our respect to the mums who are making it happen, and encouraging all those who could be involved but aren’t yet. It was like an energy charge for everyone!” Peter Hurley

Special thanks to the original Teachers for a Day, 2015: Liana Alexandru, Cezar Paul Bădescu, Cosmin Bumbuț, Marius Chivu, Marius Constantinescu, Dana Deac, Andreea Esca, Răzvan Exarhu, Cristina Flutur, Mihaela Frank, Cristian Ghinea, Oana Giurgiu, Peter Hurley, Eugen Istodor, Marcel Iureș, Marius Manole, Cristian Mungiu, Bogdan Nicolai, Philip O’Ceallaigh, Ana-Maria Onisei, Adelin Petrișor, Florin Piersic Jr., Dan Rădulescu, Marian Râlea, Victor Rebengiuc, Adina Rosetti, Cristina Stănciulescu, Dan Tăpălagă, Ioana Ulmeanu, Luiza Vasiliu,

and from Raiffeisen Bank: Steven van Groningen, Daniela-Cristina Anghelescu, Veronica Bătrîneanu, Camelia Bichir, Denisa-Gabriela Coman, Irina-Mihaela Condrea, Daniela-Mirela Cosma, Manuela Croitoru, Irina Daniș, Laura David, Mihai Deacu, Simona-Nicoleta Dobre, Ionuț Dragomanu, Dana Dulciu, Adriana Dumitriu, Paula Frunzuc, Mihaela-Nicoleta Ghiță, Cristina Grama, Claudia-Elena Grigore, Corina Grigore, Anca Hrișcu, Eliza Ionică, Beatrice Ioniță, Lidia Isăilă, Daniela Ivan, Gabriela Mărculeț, Maria-Magdalena Mătăsaru, Mihael-Cristian Mircea, Livia-Florica Mocean, Cora Moraru, Raluca Movilă, Mihaela Năsoi, Steluța-Elena Necula, Iulia Nedea, Mălina-Rodica Nicula, Alina Oita, Mihaela-Maria Oltean, Diana-Florentina Oprea, Mihaela-Maria Oltean, Georgiana-Alina Postolache, Irina Rădoi, Eveline Sebe, Mihaela Skladal, Florentina Șerban, Lavinia Ștefănescu, Ariadna-Delia Tănăseanu, Daniela-Mariana Tinică, Andreea Todirică, Mariana Truția, Georgiana-Oana Vasilache, Alina Vasilescu, Andreea Voinea.