Overcoming the fear of the unknown

Stéphanie from France Sending organisation: Concordia Hosting country: Estonia   1. What surprised you the most during your workcamp? I’ve been surprised by the activity we had to carry out : painting. I’ve never done that before and I ended up loving it because it helped me to relax. Besides I noticed that there was a…

“Hello, my name is ………., I am ………., refugee in Belgium”

How am I integrating myself? My great experience with JAVVA ASBL Written by  Mahmoud  Integration is the most important thing you should think about it. Why? Because it is the key to understand the culture and getting more opportunities in new country. To do that, you should apply what I call “The golden rule” which…

You never know all the wonderful things that might happen

Maria from Greece Hosting organisation: Citizens in Action   What surprised you the most during your workcamp?             Last year I took part in an international workcamp with participants coming from different countries of the world. Our main task was to do reconstruction and renovation work in a facility for people with disabilities. It lasted…

Being attentive to what you do

Daniel from Catalonia Sending organisation: Cocat Country of the workcamp: France What surprised you most during the workcamp? It was a normal workcamp, but I have to say that we did much more work than I expected when it came to rebuilding the structure they asked us to do. We even had to mix cement…

It is a good feeling to work for the community as a volunteer

Flo from Austria Sending organisation: Grenzenlos e.V. Hosting Country: Austria What surprised you the most during your workcamp? It is alway great to meet new people from different countries, cultures and different personalities. 2. What was the biggest fear you had before the project and how did you managed to overcome it? Due to my…

How a walk can become a special memory

Josef from Austria Sending organisation: Grenzenlos e.V. Hosting country: France 1. What surprised you the most during your workcamp? I was surprised to be the oldest group member. I was surprised by the lack of a common language, which sometimes led to isolation 2. What was the biggest fear you had before the project and…

I decided that I would think about this tomorrow, if it happens

Nadya from Russia Sending organization: World4U Hosting organization: SIW International Volunteer Projects What surprised you the most during your workcamp? I’m really surprised that I was so close with other volunteers although we had come from different countries with different backgrounds. We worked, rested, cooked and played all together. We were as a big family,…