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“Volunteering, Why Do You Do This?”

This evening, I found myself sitting around a small coffee table in a one room AirBNB with three other men. Eight months ago, they all lived in the Leros Hotspot, a refugee camp on an island near Turkey. I volunteered … Continue reading

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Tell Me About Kraveta

Since leaving Greece in March, I’ve kept in close contact with four of the refugees I met and worked with while on the island of Leros. These relationships have, at times, felt extremely fruitful and at other times lacking, simply … Continue reading

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I arrive alone in the middle of the night. I’ve never been to this country before and I don’t know anything about how it works. I’ve barely even had a chance to do a search about it on the internet. … Continue reading

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Choking on Privilege

A thought from mid-March: I had no say in where I was born. I just got lucky, I suppose. The same can be said for every other soul on the planet. Not one of them got a say about where … Continue reading

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The Simplicity of Driving

Many days, after I’ve finished teaching English, I become a driver. I just kind of morph into something new. I like this. As volunteers, we do a variety of different things. But my favorite combination of tasks is teaching English … Continue reading

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Leros, the Life Metaphor

February is about to conclude. This seems odd to me because I feel like I’ve been on this tiny island in the Mediterranean for much longer than just six weeks. In this brief span of time, I’ve witnessed more than … Continue reading

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Two Dead Bodies and the Problem of the Season

Oversharing. This is something that happens a little too frequently here on Leros. For my liking, yes, but also in terms of program rules. As volunteers, we need to be careful about how close we become to the residents that … Continue reading

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