My First Week - Kia Davis

When you’re new, you don’t know what to expect. The thought of arriving in a new country to work with a volunteer organization for the first time can be overwhelming. Perhaps it will be difficult to get to know people, or to get started and know what to do. But somehow, at Samos Volunteers that never happens.

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The Reading Circle - Lily Cosman

Dragging each foot, one by one, up the steep slope of the camp. It’s just early enough that the endless cement hasn’t fully absorbed the sun of a summer day in Greece. The straps of a well-worn Ikea bag dig into my shoulders as I drag piles of books, flashcards, and water up the hill.

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Not The Usual Ramadan – Syafiqah Adam

Ramadan is a month of worship, tradition, love and family gatherings. I was accustomed to celebrating Ramadan with family where iftar, the meal at sunset, was a celebration, a huge feast. This year was different – I decided to spend half of Ramadan on Samos, volunteering with the refugee community here.

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