Florian's two month volunteering  service

Hello, my name is Florian and I will talk about my two months volunteering experience (EVS) in Ioannina, Greece.

 

At first, I was a little bit scared because it was my first time that I had to let my parents, family and friends during 2 months (my biggest travel) and  I was by " my own". This experience, after this two months, will be beneficial for me because made me to be more talkative and sociable and to understand more about the refugee situation.

 

The object of the project was about volunteering in refugees camp and provide support to young children by doing activities with them. My sending organization was Eurasianet and the hosting organization in Ioannina city was the Youth Center of Epirus ( remarkable people with humanity, people that you can talk about everything with them).

 

During my volunteering service there we were 3 more volunteers who worked with me in the refugee accommodation facility in Ioannina city. It was a beautiful experience with lot of kind children, some of them are very kind and you  really want to hug them….but we could not because they had a difficult past and we did't want to remind them any abandonment, as our stay there was for a small period. One of our tasks was to prepare different activities for the kids sush as crafting, workshops, games etc.

 

Also, we were helping in different ways at the organisation. One of them was to help with our services to organize a concert called ''lake festival'' (and we had some t shirts). It was a concert of traditional Greek musics, and, some guys danced the famous sirtaki.

 

Except the different activities, we were by our own so,we had free time so we could discover the city, the culture of the country, the  people, their lifestyle, their language. And so, I learn a lot ( humanity….) and I made new friends… Before, I was shy but now my only wish is to travel again.

 

My advice for you will be that : Behind each situations that you are scared of, there is an extraordinary opportunity. And don't hesitate to go to new places, people… You never know what will happen.

 

I recommend you to do the same like I did and enjoy your life.