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My First Steps as a Volunteer

To be honest, I am very grateful to have this opportunity and I am glad that everything worked well in order to get this place as a volunteer in Greece. I didn’t really planned to come here but when I got these offer I felt like that this is the right time and thing to do.

At first I need to say that I had a very nice flight. I started in Berlin with rain and 5° C temperature and arrived in Thessaloniki with very good weather.

I took that as a good sign. Another volunteer, Martin, waited for me at the airport and we took the bus to our flat in the city center. This was the first time I really noticed that I will live the next months in a very big city. And I loved it. I made so many

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Experiences even already in the first days. I got to know my nice flat mates, my lovely project coordinator Maggi, who always want the best for us volunteers, and a lot of other People. I randomly met a Greek man in the first 3 days and we became friends very fast. I never got so many experiences in such a small amount of time in my life before. I discovered this beautiful city Thessaloniki, learned my first words in two languages, and I met many new people. It was incredible. After one week I finally worked my first time. It’s really nice that I had the decision where I want to work, because the NGO Arsis is pretty big and offers different places to work for there Volunteers. I decided to do it in a shelter, because I like to work with kids and I wanted to try teaching. Also, I had the opportunity to help in a lot of sports activities provided for refugees and this was one of the best parts. At the weekends I was going often for trips somewhere, for example to hike in the Mountains and take a bath in hot tubs. Sadly, after not even two weeks in Greece I injured my knee. It was very bad luck. I was glad that I got a lot of help from my organization, especially from Eva, who drove me several times to the hospital and waited there with me to help me. The following two weeks I couldn’t walk and I needed crutches. There were a lot of problems in this time, with insurance, communication, work and a many other things. At the End it was a big experience which I may didn’t needed but I grew from it. Also, I need to thank my organization and the responsible people and my flat mates for the help in this time. After two weeks I could walk better without crutches. Then, my one week on-arrival training in Volos, which is a wonderful city in Greece, started. There is not much to say beside it was one of the best weeks in my life. I found many new Friends and we had an amazing, intense and wonderful time.

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At the same day we came back to Thessaloniki we decided to go to Sofia, but that’s another story happened in March. 

At the end I could probably write a book about my first Month as Volunteer. I didn’t really worked thatmuch in my first month because of all the circumstances but I made unbelievably many Experiences

and I really learned a lot. 

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