A NEW FAMILY ARRIVES

  on day six of my time in katerini, I had the opportunity to visit a refugee camp without feeling like a voluntourist who gawks at all the people like animals in a… Continue reading

A JOURNEY OF REUNIFICATION 

  i promised you a story from tuesday, one going into a bit more detail about a couple that i visited the UNHCR thessaloniki offices (pictured above) with – well, here you go.… Continue reading

I AM HOPEFUL AND CALM

  my fifth day in katerini started off with a brief team meeting at the church where the needs of a new family were being assessed. a mother with her four children would… Continue reading

STRIKING SONGS AND STORIES

  day four in katerini started as many of my days here have: with conversations with the church team at their offices. I began by speaking with zoey and going over client profiles… Continue reading

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS IN KATERINI

  day three in katerini was primarily structured around the trip to thessaloniki to the UNHCR office that I will post more about, in detail, later. dimitrios drove myself and a syrian couple… Continue reading

MY FIRST DAY ON THE GROUND

  after our late night yesterday, alexandra (my contact person here in greece) was nice enough to let me sleep in a bit before having me head into the office. i woke up… Continue reading

STARTING OFF WITH A PARTY

my first night in greece was everything i could have wanted. my flight got in around 9:30pm and i was picked up at the airport by two of the team members that i’ll… Continue reading

THE RETURN

  after almost four years, i’m finally returning to greece – TODAY! i’ll be in katerini (in northern greece, about an hours drive from thessaloniki) for a week volunteering with the evangelical church in… Continue reading

QUESTIONS I GET ABOUT MY WORK WITH ROMA YOUTH

  ever since my arrival (over nine months ago!) in Budapest, I’ve been working three afternoons a week with roma youth. two of my afternoons are spent at a community after-school center in… Continue reading

SOFTLY

  today was one of those days where everything vaguely annoyed me, from my alarm going off in the morning to my time on public transit to the sunshine that blinded me before… Continue reading