And we're off! First day was a blur, I was welcomed at the airport by the lovely Maggie Mullins and Ali to help cart a few hundred pounds of luggage. I don't know how I would have managed without them. Maggie is a fellow volunteer I met last fall in Kos And Ali is a … Continue reading Athens – Getting Reacquainted
April 28th is getting nearer and I'm preparing my suitcases full of donations. I will be purchasing most items in Greece to help their economy however I want to fill up my suitcases with small items I can fit in large quantity. Items that I know from my last trip are more economical to buy … Continue reading Funding Appeal – for my 2nd mission to help refugees
Today was quite literally the best day I have had in months. I spend a lot of time staying on top of what is happening in Europe with the greatest humanitarian disaster of modern history--sourcing out the real news and trying to raise awareness at home. I see a lot of negativity towards people who … Continue reading First Snow
An article on volunteering by a lovely volunteer I met in Belgrade who also volunteered on Kos. Thank you Rachel 🙂
Most people who have approached me about my traveling experiences express the most interest in volunteering abroad. Volunteering was one of the most valuable educational experiences I had while traveling, despite the brevity of the work. This post, therefore, is about the lessons I learned while volunteering overseas.
Bear in mind that these observations are drawn solely from my own experiences, and are not to be taken as universally applicable to all volunteering circumstances. These lessons may have differed vastly if I had volunteered elsewhere, or not with refugees headed into Europe. I encourage readers to do their own research and view this as a reflection of a personal experience, instead of a research piece.
WHAT I DID
I volunteered twice: at a resource center for asylum seekers in Belgrade, Serbia, and on the Greek island of Kos. As is to be expected, the bulk of the volunteer work…
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While volunteering on the island of Kos, Greece where the overcrowded boats were arriving from Turkey we found that many new arrivals had gone for a very long period without eating before they made the treacherous journey across the sea. In addition, they often missed the first meal once they arrived on the island, not … Continue reading Refugee Profiles – The Boy With No Voice
I wanted to remind myself of my time spent volunteering and was looking back through the maze of all my posts and shares on my Facebook page- Holy Dinah! Weeding through the, let's say, impressive amount of posts took me a good three hours. And I am a speed reader! I took out all of the shared posts and put together only what I personally posted. So here it is-still long, sorry, spelling mistakes, bad grammar and all
I met Khãthêrä and her lovely family when I was volunteering in Kos, Greece. I was very impressed with this young girl's bravery, intelligence and brilliant smile. She is determined to learn and although she has been unable to go to school she practices English diligently. Khãthêrä is only sixteen years old and has seen too much tragedy … Continue reading Refugee Profiles – Khãthêrä
In the early hours of November 17th tragedy once again struck in Kos, Greece. An over-loaded boat carrying eighteen Syrian refugees from Turkey to Greece flipped over in the high waves of the perilous Aegean sea. Carrie Davies, Lilian Hill and I were out on the beach that morning looking for the missing instead of … Continue reading Refugee Profiles – Family Lost
You are looking at numerous heartbreaking images whilst scrolling through your news feed, and thinking: What can I do to help? You read stories of volunteers and how they are helping in the biggest humanitarian crisis since World War II. You have this overwhelming urge to help, but don’t know if your small contribution will … Continue reading So You Want To Volunteer
Source: So You Want To Volunteer – Guest blog by CHARMAINE CRAIG