Tag Archive: greece

THE STARFISH STORY

  In the field of humanitarian aid, as in many other fields, most individuals have a story that influences their work. Here in Katerini, Greece, the story that inspires my colleague Alexandra, Coordinator… Continue reading

FALL HAS COME TO KATERINI

  Summer has officially finished in Katerini and the clouds are beginning to settle over Northern Greece for the fall and winter season. In fact, the weather is similar to what I experienced… Continue reading

MY RELATIONSHIPS WITH BENEFICIARIES IN A NEW CONTEXT

  Many friends and family back in the US have noticed a distinct difference in the way I discuss (or don’t discuss) my work with refugees since moving to Greece, as opposed to… Continue reading

MOTHER’S DAY

  I woke up on Mother’s Day not thinking about my own mother, but rather focusing on the work I had to do that Sunday (sorry, mum!). My supervisor from the US, Peter,… Continue reading

A RAPIDLY CHANGING LANDSCAPE

  Since 2014, the landscape of Europe has been changing at a rapid pace in regards to refugees and other people on the move. Asylum laws are constantly changing, countries are still overwhelmed… Continue reading

GREEK EASTER

  In Greece, the biggest religious holiday of the Christian calendar is Easter (unlike in the US and other western nations, where it’s Christmas). Children have a full two weeks off of school… Continue reading

WHEN YOU DON’T SPEAK THE LANGUAGE YET

  I’ve found that when I move abroad and am constantly surrounded by foreign languages, my brain sometimes panics and speaks in whatever foreign language feels the most familiar – even if it’s… Continue reading

INTENSE CONVERSATIONS AT A PRESCHOOL

  Holistic integration is a multifaceted approach to helping refugee families build new lives in Greece. It takes into account the practical, personal, and social needs of each individual family to make sure… Continue reading

WORK FLOW

  No two days are the same here and that’s how I like it. I have been in Katerini just over one month and I’m really starting to settle in, especially with the… Continue reading

YEAR EIGHT

  Yesterday the Syrian Civil War entered its 8th year. More than 465,000 Syrians have been killed in the fighting. Over a million have been injured. Over 12 million people (half of the… Continue reading