INTERVIEW OF VOLUNTEER
Elena Papameri from Greece,
Elena is teaching Greek language, music and English and she has been a very good friend of the association since its beginning. She always keeps inspiring women to learn new things and improve their skills.
Why did you want to participate in the project?
I have been friend to this people for a long time. I have seen them struggle for simple things and always keep their spirit up. I wanted to do something meaningful and be useful to them. This program was an opportunity for me to do something structured, to teach them how to write and read, having a also specific goal in our minds, which was to acquire a school certificate.
What did you expect from this volunteering?
I was hoping to meet new people, and integrate more to Roma’s people life. Through this process I wanted to learn more about their culture and more specifically about their language. I am a linguist myself and I am very interested to study Romane language and understand the connections with Greek language.
What would you like to know about the volunteers from the other European countries of the project?
I would like to learn about their motives. Why they wanted to be volunteers in this program and how do they feel about this experience?
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Elena with her students, a few minutes before taking the exams to acquire primary school certificate.
Women from the community taking the exams, to acquire primary school certificate, (after concluding Greek language courses through EDUROM)
FAMILY MEMBER INTERVIEW
Resmegul Salioglou, 2 children, Greek course
Why did you participate in the project?
I am 23 years old, I had to leave school when I was in the fifth grate in order to take care of my brother who was a baby. I loved school but I couldn’t finish it. Now it was my chance to participate in theses courses, take the exams and take the certificate I missed when I was a child. I need it in order to be able to participate in training seminars for adults.
What do you expect from the project?
I wish I could continue learning new things, and I would like to continue my education in high school.
What are your dreams for your children and yourself?
I want to go to high school! For my children, I want them to be useful and good people and have a job.
I want my children to finish school and find a good job.
Resmegul holding her school certificate
Yasharoglou Visdan with her son, showing her school certificate.