Meet Our Staff – Emil Moldovan

Meet Our Staff – Emil Moldovan

Nearly 20 years ago, when I decided to become a volunteer in a social project, most of the people around me gave me funny looks and told me that being a volunteer in an NGO doesn’t help me. On the contrary, for me, working in an NGO provided me with that informal environment in which I could express myself; I learned to know myself, to dare and to change my own mentality and those around me through big and small projects.

It was the moment when you only depend on how many dreams you have and how much you want to make them reality. For me the dream became reality and so, every new day as a LOC employee was a new chance to change my life and those around me.

From the beginning i have learned that the life of an NGO worker is more than the life of a man with a job and that work in an NGO is not that job that can get the “classic” label.  It’s not the place where you go at 8:00 am and leave at 4:00 or 5:00 pm. It’s the kind of work you are taking with you so many times everywhere you go, it’s that kind of flexible job where we cherish the results and not necessarily the physical work in the office because productivity is better this way.

Work at LOC, starting with being a program coordinator at Reghin orphanage, Coordinator of activities in all orphanages and director of camps for orphan children in Mures county, continuing with the work of assistant manager and then operations manager, was, it is and will be the type of work where something always happens, where everything happens at such a fast speed, where there are rarely a couple of months without a trip and where you always meet new people, new situations, new challenges, new opportunities. It’s a demanding job, but it also gives you satisfaction.

It’s that job where you feel you can change something. Where you actually change something. It’s fascinating and exhausting. It’s terrible and fabulous. We complain, but we continue. Because we like it.

Often, when speaking with different people about my job, they say that at least I can escape from the constant pressure of “targets” and have a better “work-life balance”. I wonder which one is a higher pressure situation? Failing to meet a sales target result with failing to address a situation where lives can be lost or children can be separated from their parents. I believe that not only is this a misconception but also ethically inappropriate.

So what I love about this crazy job is that I choose to believe that God is in me in everything I do and I choose to believe this every day.

 

Emil Moldovan

Operation Manager

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