Από την αρχή της λειτουργείας της Αλκυόνης, οι εθελοντές και εθελόντριες υπήρξαν ζωτικής σημασίας στην παροχή υπηρεσιών διανομής ρουχισμού και μη βρώσιμων ειδών. Μέχρι τον Ιούνιο 2020, 801 εθελοντές και εθελόντριες από 34 χώρες προσφέρανε τη βοήθειά τους, με αρκετούς/τές να είναι πρόσφυγες οι ίδιοι/ες.
Σημαντική είναι η συνεισφορά εθελοντών από το πρόγραμμα εθελοντισμού Global Contact της ActionAid Δανίας, και θέλουμε να ευχαριστήσουμε την Laura Klitnaes και τον Jakob Dall για το βίντεο που δημιούργησαν.
My three months in Alkyone was one of the best three months in my life. The stay was so moving and did a lot good to me! Seeing how other people are living and the different conditions made me a more grateful person. And then I made a lot of friends from all around the world! All the way from USA to Estonia. Literally!
“I had a very enriching experience at Alkyone – you get really close to the people you work with, and you get a very direct sense of the size of the problem. It felt really good to be able to help an organization like Alkyone, who are doing such a big difference. Even though I was just a small fish in a large pond.”
“The two months I have spent at Alkyone has indeed been both the most eye-opening as well as giving months I have ever experienced. You get to meet and come close to people that have been through a nightmare and slowly see them get back on their feet. The stories I have been told have frightened me, but most definitely ensured me that people are beautiful – and we have to take care of each other.”
“My experience as a volunteer at Alkyone was a truly great and developing experience, an experience which I will never forget. It was lovely to get to know the team behind Alkyone and the other volunteers and through those relations learn about other cultures, primarily the Greek of course. Through the meaningful work at the day center you got a sense of how important it is to help where help is needed, and you met the humans who are genuinely searching for a better life, but so often referred to by cold statistics in politics or newspaper articles.”
«I spent 8 weeks volunteering at Alkyone, spring 2018. It was a great experience for to meet both the other personnel and the refugees, who came to Alkyone. So, even for me at age 68, it’s an amazing thing to be allowed to experience.
I can only say that I enjoyed my ten weeks as a volunteer at Alkyone, and that it is one of the reasons why I returned in the autumn 2019 to teach English and German to refugees. I enjoyed the experience and getting to know the staff, other volunteers and all the other helpers from many countries and among them refugees. I enjoyed being able to make a difference in a very lively, enthusiastic and busy environment and to help and talk to the “customers”. I might even consider to return; but since I’m a qualified teacher, I think it is worthwhile to teach.
“I was working as a volunteer at Alkyone for about three months, and what amazing three months it was! The people I worked with everyday made the experience and the work a delight, and although some days were tougher than others, we always had each other. Andreana was a true mother to all us volunteers and there was no problem too big or small – we could always come to her and talk. The community we build was very unique, and I miss the friends I made at Alkyone a lot. The work was very rewarding as well, and the many different people and cultures you will have the pleasure of meeting will be an eye opening and rewarding experience. I would recommend anyone to work at Alkyone who wants to work with like minded people who care about others and the world, and to people who want to make sure they are making a difference in lives that really need an extra helping hand.
Love from Olivia”