Rachael

English, 26 years old, recruited by the British Red Cross.

Why are you here?

Prior to this, I was working in communications in London and knew that I wanted a change in career so was thinking about my options. I was very moved by the terrible plight of refugees coming to Europe and also have some experience teaching in a migrant camp in India, so it was the right time for me to move to the beautiful country of Greece and volunteer with the Time to be Welcome project.

Favourite moment on the project so far?

Although it isn’t a specific moment, what I have enjoyed most about the project so far is seeing the progress that the children we are working with have made, both in terms of their English skills and their confidence. This is also why I wanted to be here for a year – to hopefully have a lasting impact which goes beyond a few weeks’ volunteering.

Your proudest moment?

Probably balancing studying my BA degree in French and Philosophy with training volunteers to work for the listening charity, Oxford Nightline, and heading up the Access to University team for the Junior Student Union. It was great to be involved in encouraging applications to university from less traditional backgrounds and incredibly rewarding to work for the listening and support charity, Nightline – managing to succeed with my studies at the same time was something of a miracle!

Your strengths and a weakness:

I am very proactive, a real do-er and I rarely sit still. I love exploring the world and traveling so I am always finding excuses to do that, and I also enjoy meeting new people and learning new things from them. I believe that you can learn something new from everyone you meet. My weakness is that I can sometimes be impatient, both with situations and people. It is something I am trying to improve whilst being part of this project.

If you had a theme song, what would it be?

Either Sunny by Marvin Gaye: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkUsGkxZSvMor Diamonds on the Soles of her Shoes by Paul Simon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf4YyXVoWeA

If you were a film character, who would it be?

Very tricky! Maybe Baby from Dirty Dancing, if only because I would love to be able to dance like her.


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