Volunteering changed my life. I learned more about myself and about the world than I ever thought I would. Not only did it shape me as a person, but it also changed my perspective on the world and on life, giving me an incredible insight to the world that surrounds me.
One of the most memorable and life-changing moments during our time volunteering with the refugees, was our journey from Bodrum, Turkey to Kos, Greece. Since the beginning of 2015, around 700,000 people have arrived in Greece from Turkey (according to the UNHCR), the majority having to cross the sea on flimsy small rubber boats.
The day we went to go visit the beach where they found him, was only a week after it happened and we weren’t quite sure what to expect. After much research of trying to pin-point the location, I couldn’t find the exact name of the beach so we decided to try and get close and see if we could find it from there.
Sulta is a seven-year-old little girl with a fun and spunky attitude. We first met her on the beach in Bodrum, Turkey and soon became her new best friends and sisters. They are Syrian Kurdish family from Aleppo and when we met them, they had left 8 months before and were trying to reach Ahalam’s sister in Germany.
At the Piraeus port we taught English and Math to kids everyday and they loved to learn! All the kids are so passionate about studying and learning. Bringing education to kids was such a beautiful and rewarding experience!