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As you walk through the gates, you prepare yourself to be hit by a wave of sadness. You watch your more senior and seasoned team mates closely, observing their every reaction to this new and unfamiliar environment. As you enter further into the belly of the camp, you start noticing things you consider inhumane, unsafe, unfair, and unjust.

Hannes, an international volunteer field worker with A Drop in the Ocean, arrived in Nea Kavala just as the refugee camp was moved to a new site. In this blog post, he shares his thoughts and experiences of volunteering in Northern Greece.

Luca is a volunteer field worker with A Drop in the Ocean on Lesvos. In this blog post, he writes about what it is like to work in the Kara Tepe temporary refugee camp.

Nea Kavala flyktningleir refugee camp

Rahman is a community volunteer with A Drop in the Ocean in Nea Kavala refugee camp. Prior to his arrival in Northern Greece, he stayed in Moria refugee camp on Lesvos. In this blog post, he shares his personal story.

In the spring of 2021, master’s student in political science Ida Marlene Henriksen (25) interned with A Drop it the Ocean. In this blog post, she shares her internship experience in the department of communications and fundraising.

Nives has been a volunteer fieldworker for A Drop in the Ocean twice. First on Lesvos and currently in Nea Kavala. In this blog post, she shares her thoughts on what it is like to be a volunteer.

Magnus frivillig feltarbeider i Moria leir

A Drop in the Ocean has restarted our activities for unaccompanied minors in Moria refugee camp. Our coordinator, Magnus Svensson, describes an emotionally strong meeting with the children who have been missing activities for several weeks, and that there are even more children participating in our activities than before.

Norwegian artist, songwriter, and producer Gaute Ormåsen chose to travel to Greece with A Drop in the Ocean to contribute as a voluntary fieldworker, to experience the situation with his own eyes. The children made the biggest impact on Gaute, and after he became a parent himself, his compassion for refugees has grown immensely. Read more about Gaute’s experience as a voluntary fieldworker with A Drop in the Ocean here.

It is not easy to set aside time during your studies or work to travel as a fieldworker. Anne Stray Hamre and Celine Thomas Nicolaisen found a solution to this problem, by getting their fieldwork in Lesvos approved as part of the practical training as part of a module in their nursing programme. Excellent planning and approval from their place of study, they travelled to Lesvov in the autumn of 2018. Their stay resulted in a paper, which they called “How to create moments of normality for children in a refugee camp?”. Simultaneously, the students were given valuable and informative experiences, which they will cherish for the rest of their lives. Read more about their experiences and how they combined their fieldwork with their studies, down below.