It was an amazing experience. I loved what I did there. I got to know many people from different backgrounds and with different stories. They taught me a lot about their countries, cultures and backgrounds, which was sometimes very emotional and other times informative.
In one of my classes, there was one guy from Afghanistan who impressed me deeply. His name is Khan and he left his family when he was ten years old. His sister had been killed by the Taliban and his parents were afraid that they would lose him, too. So they sent him abroad with a friend of the family. He went through very hard and difficult times when he was living alone in Greece. But now he is doing very well. He speaks German fluently, as well as Pashto, Dari and Greek.
No, unfortunately not.
Yes and no. 2016 the authorities were overwhelmed with work. Luckily, there was a huge support from the people. Even from people who had never volunteered before.
It did, but in my opinion not as much as it could have.
That’s not the point. It is a political question. A lot of things in the system and the bureaucracy have to change and many institutions need to be better informed in order to provide refugees with all the necessary support. And that takes very long or doesn’t work at all.
I’m not sure but I hope so. Later I want to work for a political institution or an NGO and advise them.
Yes, definitely. It is very important to me and I hope that I can also encourage others to do so because when you volunteer you don’t only help others but also make a lot of important experiences for yourself.
Photo: Luisa (first one of left side) with her refugees
Interviewer Firass, a young Tunisian shop owner. Photo by Luisa.
Awarded with the audience prize in the projet "Teaching Political Tools to Young People", 2017.
Louisa is 20 years old and a student of international relations. She volunteered as an assistant teacher for refugees in 2016.