Khora Refugee Community Center in Athens, Greece

DONE BY: Jiyoung Jeong | Milton Academy '16 | Stanford U. '21

HOW OPPORTUNITY WAS FOUND: www.khora-athens.org

LENGTH: 5 weeks

LOCATION: Athens, Greece

FUN: ★★★★☆

PERSONAL GROWTH: ★★★☆☆

KIND OF PERSONAL GROWTH MOST EXPERIENCED: 

  • Became more outgoing
  • More comfortable with myself

DAY-TO-DAY LIFE:  

*Varied depending on shifts. Usually:

  • 9:30am-1:30pm: Work in the kitchen
  • 4:30pm-5:30pm: Teach an English class
  • 6pm-9pm: Eat dinner, free time
  • 9pm-11pm: Go out with other volunteers and refugees 

DESCRIPTION OF WORK/ACTIVITIES DONE: 

  • Help cook (mainly involved chopping up ingredients for salad) 
  • Plan English classes and teach with another volunteer 
  • Sometimes attend weekly organization meetings

HOW MANY HOURS OF WORK DID YOU DO PER WEEK? 30

IN EXCHANGE OF WORK, PROVIDES: 

  • No physical reimbursement... But I got to meet people from all over (mainly from Europe and Syria)

TOP TIPS: 

  • Work or set up a GoFundMe (or the like) to help fund your stay in Athens
  • Keep in mind that summers are VERY hot in Athens, and work can get very exhausting
  • Spend time with other volunteers/refugees at Khora outside of work!
  • TAKE DAY TRIPS to islands near Athens. I didn't do this, and I definitely regret not doing so. If you want to take trips to more popular islands like Mykonos/Santorini and you want to stay at a nice place or hostel, be sure to book accommodations at least a month in advance

BEST WAY TO CONTACT THIS PLACE, IF INTERESTED: www.khora-athens.org

MOST MEANINGFUL LESSON TAKEN AWAY: 

  • This is going to sound extremely cliché, but I deeply felt how selfish and minimal many of my problems are compared to most conflicts that I saw people go through while working at Khora.
  • Step up to help when assistance is needed somewhere, and though you might not want to do the tasks at the time, you'll have a much more rewarding, fulfilling time at Khora.

 

Jiyoung Jeong