Niamh

Irish, 22 years old, recruited by Scouting Ireland.

Why are you here?

I was motivated to get involved with this project as I strongly believe in the potential of all young people to make the world a better place. The refugees that we’re working with have gone through some difficult times and need more help than most to reach their life goals and dreams.

Before coming to Greece I was living in Dublin and finishing up an undergraduate degree in Geography and Sociology. During my final year, I worked for UNICEF as a part-time team leader. Throughout the year we focused on fundraising for refugee camps in Syria and across the Middle-East and Europe.

Favourite moment on the project so far?

Taking the teenagers from the refugee shelter on a day trip to the beach. Seeing them so excited and in having fun in the water made my day, and it’s a happy memory that we all share.

What makes you proud?

I’m really proud to say that I’ve been a scout for nearly ten years now. Scouting shaped my life as a teenager and is partly responsible for making me the happy and confident person that I am today. I’m proud to say that as an adult, I continue to stay involved as a scout leader and a volunteer, giving back to a community that helped me so much. My goal is to give other young people the same opportunities and helping hand that I was offered growing up.

Your strengths and a weakness?

One of my best qualities is always being able to find something to be optimistic about. Positivity is contagious and I’d like to believe that I can help other people feel grateful and happy that, even if the glass is half empty, at least there is a glass with water.

When it comes to weaknesses… I’m the sleepiest person that I know. If napping was an Olympic sport, I’d be a goal medallist for sure!

How do you relax?

My favorite way to relax is to go for a walk in the mountains by myself. And then I always prefer to sleep outside in a hammock or a tent than in a bed!


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