Rebekka has been with OHF for the last four months: After starting at the playground, she joined the school after one week and “never left it again”. 🙂
And Rebekka made an huge impact in the Adult School – thank you Rebekka for all of your heart and soul leaded actions that you let us participate in & a big thank you for being who you are!
This is my most memorable moment:
I have some nice moments. The first I have was the African culture day because I felt as a visitor that day – I could just enjoy the day. Talk to all the people, like for example with my students. We were dancing, talking. It was very nice to experience OHF like this.
All other great moments are from being in school: to teach different English levels was really nice. We had a lot of fun and I enjoyed every single day. We had good talks in English, they also tried to teach me Farsi, which was most of the time funnier for my students as for me!
Also the work with Abdul and Aien, the school directors, was very nice. Supporting them in their work was very important to me and they do such a good job. I learned a lot from them and I hope they could learn something from me as well.
Or just today: With my women class – we started with the ABC and now they can talk. This is very amazing!
The best part is that I’m still in contact with a lot of my old students and to see their progress makes me really proud!
This struck me the most:
To come here and to see the situation for the people here. To not only hear it via the news, here you hear the individual and really dramatic stories – not always easy to handle but this struck me. Or sometimes you feel exhausted – everything here can be really intense and I had some doubts or not feeling useful. But this place and the people can give you also a lot of power to continue. And I mean if they can…
One Happy Family is…
A great place and a great opportunity for all the people from the communities to forget about their hard and struggling life in Moria. OHF tries to provide a nice and friendly atmosphere for everybody – it’s a nice happy bubble where you can just dive in and forget the rest.
This is what I would like to tell other people:
It’s an amazing experience to volunteer here – it makes you happy and sad at the same time. It makes you happy because you can see that you can offer some help and give this joyful moments to a lot of people and it makes you sad as well because you, as a white privileged person, just coming here to volunteer and at one point you can leave – this is for me unfair because the other people are stuck.
But all in all, it was a great opportunity to get to know myself better and it made me think about what is really important in life.
My tasks in One Happy Family are…
I supported the school directors, was their right hand. I support them with all the daily struggle that we have, with getting an overview/a structure that we have with more than 300 students. To give each student a place in the school and make them feel welcomed. And also, to empower the teachers and build a good team spirit – and I was also teaching myself.
What motivated you to stay long term and why do you think it is important that volunteers stay for a long time?
I extended my stay three times – just the relation I had with the school, with the team in the school and with the students – people who came everyday walking for an hour just to be in my class – that is an incredible feeling. So, it was definitely the school that motivated me to extend and extend. J
But also, if you stay long term, you can get to know the people/volunteers better – you can build really good friendships.
I think it’s important to stay longer time because if you stay shorter you will have a nice first impression but you don’t really see the whole picture and maybe you don’t really feel part of the Centre completely or responsible. You see the needs when you stay longer, I wouldn’t go back to Germany if I wouldn’t have to start my studies now.
Other points… a.k.a. anything else you want to say 🙂
I will miss this place and I hope that it will be able to continue having this wonderful spirit. Every single person here is doing a great job!