I am Maggie and I have recently discovered that teaching kids is challenging but also extremely rewarding. Being a volunteer means being a lifelong learner with an open mind and an open heart. My conviction is that hospitality is something you show in practice and not something you talk about.
My name is Anna. I am a part of the Refugee Project because it is my belief that the world can become a better place if we all try to do our best in helping our fellow man. Access to education leads to progress in society and our common goal should be for all children to be involved in educational activities. Every time I meet the kids that we work with their smiles radiate such positive energy and joy …
I am Nadia. I have been volunteering in the refugee centres in Sofia since January 2014, where I've met wonderful people. I have also had to say goodbye to dear friends who fled Bulgaria. But my strongest memory is when I brought a friend's 8-year-old daughter to play with the children and within 5 minutes they were best friends; she became their teacher and wanted to be from Syria and live in a camp. I didn't know whether to laugh or to cry.
I enrolled in The Refugee Project because it seems to me that the most valuable thing I can give to people in a situation, which refugees are facing is human contact and acceptance, basic human needs like any other. If I am able to teach them something which will help them in the start of their new life, that's an added benefit.
My desire to learn the truth first-hand was the reason for my becoming a volunteer for the Refugee Project. I got answers to many of my questions; I started to ask myself new ones. The situation is incredibly complex and links to our values. In the first place, to our values as people, then as citizens of a particular state and/or adherents of a particular faith.
The hostility that many asylum seekers face makes me really sad because I had such a warm welcome when I came to Bulgaria. I’m really proud to support so many lovely volunteers on The Refugee Project who are, step by step, helping to change perceptions and to show asylum seekers and refugees that there is so much to love about Bulgaria and its people.
I am a first-time volunteer and am having a blast teaching English to young adults. It is estimated that over 1 billion people are currently learning English worldwide. I feel proud to raise that number slightly.
A few wonderful people living in a refugee centre became good friends of mine and they are my reason for volunteering in the Refugee Project. I believe that our work and interaction with these adults and children - who have lost so much, but who don't stop smiling and fighting for a better life - can teach us to open our minds and develop our personalities for the better.
I lived in The Netherlands a couple of years ago and I studied in a Refugee
School. There I met many positive and warm people who had suffered a lot
and I made friends with many of them. Now I am happy that I can do
something for other children in their condition and most of all to have fun
together with them.
My name is Tonia and I am an EVS volunteer. I get involved in the
refugee project because I want to use my strengths to make a
positive difference in refugees’ lives. If you can move out of your
comfort zone and take meaningful action, why wouldn’t you?
The project is an opportunity to make a big difference in the lives of the Refugees here in Bulgaria. By participating in activities and organizing events for the Refugees we can help make this place feel more like home for them and bridge the gap between them and locals. I am proud to and love to be a part of that.