Author: Chara Argyroudi

“…we all deserve a chance, regardless the age, and this is the main reason why ”React for Life” came to the surface”

Every human has the right for education. This is one of the major factors that affects their life in every way. We all deserve a chance, regardless of age , and this is the main reason why ”React for Life” came to the surface. When I heard about this program and the ability of helping refugees to learn English and Greek, I sent my application for volunteering to YMCA Thessaloniki and now after 3 months of teaching English to adult refugees from Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Mοrocco… I’m even more excited and I didn’t regret it at all. At first, it was...

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React For Life- A volunteer’s experience

“As a member of the volunteer team of React for Life, I hope that through my English class the students will get more acquainted with this language that is useful for their future.” Vasiliki Sakellariou volunteers by teaching English to adult refugees. Read her experience as it follows: I am glad that this year I volunteer for the English classes organised by the voluntary program React for Life.             My students are adults mainly from Syria, Irak, Afganistan and Turkey. What is very characteristic in everyone is the intense desire to learn English either because they plan to settle down...

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Some thoughts of YMCA Hong Kong and YMCA Thessaloniki Volunteers…

On Friday the 12th of January 2018, YMCA Thessaloniki is farewell the 15-member group of students from the University of YMCA Hong Kong, all social workers for refugees and immigrants who were guests of the YMCA Thessaloniki eight days. The purpose of their visit was to gain knowledge and experience about the refugee crisis and the contribution of YMCA Thessaloniki to this issue. The students had planned a well-organized program of activities appealing to the needs of refugee children living in refugee camps. The group of our visitors was accompanied by a team of YMCA Thessaloniki volunteers. Chris: This trip...

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… And we all said “see you soon” instead of “goodbye”…- Timeline of a visit

Voluntary project for refugees by the Chinese YMCA of Hong Kong and YMCA Thessaloniki It was late October, when I received Ivy’s first e-mail (back then she was Mrs. Wong for me), after getting contact with Mrs. Kalivatsi, the Programme Secretary for refugee assistance of YMCA World. From the very beginning, we saw the will of a team who really wanted to visit Thessaloniki and get to know the refugee crisis and the work of YMCA Thessaloniki regarding this issue. I was delighted to hear from Mrs. Tzoni that this is the second time we welcome visitors from Hong Kong (the...

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VISIT OF REFUGEES AT THE BASKET MUSEUM OF YMCA THESSALONIKI

  On September 8, 35 beneficiaries of the program “Summer Activities for Refugees” of the Department of Social Action visited the YMCA Basketball Museum. The children had the opportunity to get to know the Basketball world, watch the preparation of the YMCA Basketball Team and get to know the players. The children were thrilled with the stadium, and they were especially interested in the cup collection. After the end of their training, the players donated basket balls to the children with their signatures and took pictures with them. The Summer Activities for Refugees was an educational recreation program. Every day,...

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