Meet Shereen – volunteer and resident in Skaramangas Refugee Camp

“I have learned a lot by volunteering. My English skills have skyrocketed and I am actually teaching some English classes now. It was actually my dream as a child to become a teacher and now I am one.” – Shereen, volunteer for A Drop in the Ocean and resident in Skaramangas Refugee Camp

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“My name is Shereen and I am Kurdish from Syria. One day around eight months ago I was walking around the camp and I saw some international people around the library. I was wondering who are these people and what are they doing here. I asked my friend and she told me that they are volunteers who provide different services for the people in Skaramagas. I walked into the library and spoke to a coordinator and asked if I could be a volunteer as well.

I have learned a lot about European people and their culture. A Drop in the Ocean also arranged a workshop where I learned how to behave when I visit Western families and how the gender relationships are different in the West. I find it very interesting!

Shereen at “work” as a volunteer in Skaramangas Refugee Camp

Now I also know how to make appointments and I know how to communicate with people in a positive way. A Drop in the Ocean also helped me to make my first CV. They trained me about how I can apply for a job in the future.

My favorite activities are teaching English and working in the Drop Shop. I also enjoy doing excursions with the women in the camp, it makes me really happy!

I would like to thank A Drop in the Ocean for giving me more confidence! Now I believe in myself more than before! “

We need your support to continue our work on Lesvos, Samos and in Northern Greece and the Athens area. We work directly inside the refugee camps, run by Greek authorities. You can become a monthly donor by donating 200,- per month or support us by VIPPs here 

Your contribution matters greatly to the many people who have been forced to leave everything behind to escape war. A Drop in the Ocean provides aid directly to refugee camps in Greece, through distribution of food, clothes and equipment. We also offer a range of activities and educational programmes for both children and adults. Our close work with those who depend on our help allows us to ensure that all contributions are appropriately used, when and where they are needed the most.