Tom, Anais and Najdaha from France joined ESC voluntarism program in Ioannina, at our organisation, Youth Center of Epirus. The project was coordinated and supported by the organisations Pistes Solidaires and EurasiaNet, based in France.
Their main activities were to implement recreational and non-formal educational activities for asylum seeker children and teenagers, and to work on digital content creation on asylum seeker integration related themes and cultural heritage of the region of Epirus. Below, you can read some of their testimonies and see photos of their experience in Ioannina!
I had the chance to participate in a volunteer mission in Greece in the city of Ioannina for the association Youth Center of Epirus:
This mission was a challenge for me, because it allowed me to face my fear of traveling alone, to find myself in a place where I don't know anyone. I was very apprehensive about coming here, but what I was going to discover I had not imagined. The city of Ioannina is a wonderful and beautiful place, filled with mountains and extraordinary views but also with warm and welcoming people. For my volunteering mission I met great volunteers who for me will remain engraved in my memory. They helped me to integrate into the group and made me discover paradisiacal places. As soon as I arrived they were very patient with me and helped me to improve my English because I was too shy to speak. Today I can really make myself understood and I can express my needs without being afraid to make mistakes.
At the association, my work consists in leading non-formal activities with minor asylum seekers. I found this time very enriching because as a volunteer you think you are teaching them a lot of things but in reality you learn even more with them. It really changed me to see that with nothing you can bring them a lot of things. Thanks to that I grew humanly speaking, emotionally speaking but I also became more mature.
I recommend so much to people to be able to do something like that one day in their life, I can't thank enough the association Youth Center of Epirus to have allowed me to live that in my life. They have been a tremendous help. They never let us down and taught us so much about life.
I thanked them for trusting me, for supporting me during the realization of my content creation. I thank the best roommates in the world for being there for me, for allowing me to live the best experience of my life, I grew up thanks to you. And I was able to feel at home with you. Thank you for allowing me to share wonderful moments. Thank you to everyone in the office for making me laugh until I cried.
This project was co-funded by the European Commission.