After a 13-hour journey from
As volunteers we were given the rather daunting task of running the camp on a day to day basis, as well as organising activities such as swimming, origami, English lessons and basketball. I soon realised that this included cooking for over 40 people (I learnt how to peel a cucumber to perfection) and cleaning the guest rooms/toilets – really fun, honestly! One of the best parts was the constant variety. The groups who came every week ranged from kids with Downs Syndrome and autism to a wheelchair basketball team. We ended up playing blind football, singing ‘Old MacDonald had a farm’ in Turkish too many times to count and having a disco every single night without fail…!
Being able to see the pleasure we were giving the guests (for whom life in
In our free time we managed to cook a full English breakfast despite frequent power cuts, developed a taste for Kurdish music and went on a chaotic road trip, spending the night on a deserted beach being attacked by mosquitoes!
Leaving the camp and saying goodbye to everyone was one of the hardest things I have ever done but we’ve all got some amazing memories and the knowledge that as volunteers we made a real difference. I’ve come back to