Without the support of Matthew and Ceri, Armando Aid would be
In the Autumn of 2016, I came to Oinofyta intending to stay for a month...now it's 9 months later and I'm still here! I read about Armando Aid in a teaching forum and I suddenly felt that this was something I could actually do to help the refugee crisis.
I feel privileged to be a part of such an incredible community and being here reminds me of why I became a teacher. Everything we do is for the students and it is just a pleasure to teach such amazing and resilient children and adults. In the time I’ve been here, I can see just how far they have come academically and socially and to see children who have been through unimaginable trauma coming to class every day with smiles on their faces and full of hope for a better future makes this the most rewarding experience I can imagine.
I am proud to be part of an organisation committed to making a difference to people who lost everything but their lives. I came to Greece to do my small part for the refugee crisis; I stay because I love it here.
I first became part of the Armando Aid team in October 2016, I was only here for 3 weeks but had a burning desire to come back... which I did in February 2017
My intention was to stay for 2 months and I had a flight booked home already, needless to say I went home for a week and booked a flight back to Athens! And I have been here since.
I feel like this is my second home, I feel my skills are truly needed and appreciated here, I am a part of something greater, and contributing to a crisis that was killing me to watch about from the UK.
Walking through camp I have a little fan club trailing after, I hear teacher Cat called from every corner and it fills my heart with joy, never have I felt so alive. I feel truly blessed to be a part of this community. I can never give back to these children and residents as much as I would like to.