Mohammad Ali Ilahi
I got the opportunity to intern with Humanity Crew over my winter break for 4 weeks. It was my first time working closely and personally with refugees. The organization provided me the opportunity to work with refugee centers across Athens, and interact with refugees on a personal level. It also allowed me the flexibility to plan my own activities and to utilize my skills and abilities as best as I could. I was able to contribute by conducting Group activities for children and giving basic English Classes for Refugee mothers and families.
This interaction with refugees of such diverse age groups from over a dozen countries was a very insightful and humbling experience. Amongst the refugees, I came across some of the most intelligent and smart people, who just seemed to have been unfortunate to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. It taught me a lot about our bubble of privilege, which in reality is just based on our accident of birth. It also helped me empathize with the refugees, as I tried to put myself in the same shoes as those affected, and was left in awe by their resilience and steadfastness.
Overall, it was a great learning experience which could not have been made possible without the support of Humanity Crew and its ever cooperative staff. I would definitely recommend anyone looking to work with Refugees in the future to intern/volunteer with the organization to understand the issues facing the refugees on the ground, and subsequently contribute in a productive manner to help address some of them.