GROW Summer 2016 takes place in 10 Romanian cities, where the magic is delivered by a happy organizing team, headed by a Local Project Manager (LPM). Today we present you Alex, the GROWzav LPM from Brasov!

A few years ago, I was always the bookworm type of individual, always enjoying the backoffice kind of work. Although, I had never had problems with socializing or even speaking in front of others, I wasn’t finding it as pleasant, so I avoided it. Now that a bit of time has passed, my interests have shifted 180̊ and not only that I find it pleasant, but being surrounded by people, is what fills my batteries.

The 2 things in which I find the most satisfaction in are: travelling and helping others. Helping others, well I wasn’t a very fortunate boy growing up. But I like to think of myself as a person who made the most of it, and of course I owe it to some people that were there because they wanted to not because they had to. So now, something tells me I ought to be for others what others have been to me.

And as for travelling, I am a bit selfish here, however, I truly feel free. Many people say that, the places and the faces you see when travelling are what is worthwhile. No, they are elements that make the experience unique, but in the end it comes down to perspective. Being in a different place, devoid of any true responsibility, that is truly freedom.

If I recall correctly, first contact with GROW was in one of the first editions, if not the first edition. That period when at high school you just kind of ‘are’, you find everything boring and nothing sparks an interest. Somehow, during a class presentation, the organizers managed to peek our interests enough for us to apply, and we went along.

Poza Alex Frunza

As I said previously, few years ago I was a slightly anti-social character, not because I was afraid but because I simply did not want to socialize. After 3 editions of GROW, inch by inch, I started enjoying the attention that comes from being surrounded by people and started craving for more, thus, exiting my self made comfort zone. If GROW hadn’t been around at that time I am afraid of how things would have turned out. So now, going back to one of my passions, it is high time I give something back, and maybe, just maybe, be the impact for someone that is in the same situation I was back then.

My message for the GROW participants – students and trainers:
If we are all here, we <embarked> so to say, in this journey, we are all final responsible for our own experience and how it pans out in the end. With that being said, I urge everyone, no, I invite everyone, to make this experience an unforgettable, worthwhile and truly amazing one!