Updates from the road

  • Screenshots Worth a Few Words

    Rather than write free form about volunteering in refugee camps, I’ll share a few screenshots from my Google Translate history. These are phrases that I needed translated in real time to communicate with others (locals, refugees, other volunteers). I hope this  will allow me to share scenarios that I’ve yet to articulate through plain writing.

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  • Michael Says

    Here’s an audio clip of Michael during English class at Schoolbox Project’s Almouthna School at LM Village refugee camp. Schoolbox volunteers avoid photography out of respect for the residents here. I’ve been experimenting with other, less intrusive, ways to document my time here.

    If the embedded audio player above doesn’t work, try this.

    You can tell from the … Continue reading

  • Chios Eastern Shore Response Team

    Here’s a bit about what we do at CESRT. We’ve had many laughs at the expense of the organization’s name. We pronounce it as though the acronym is “CERST”.

    We start everyday except Sunday with a team meeting at 8:30am. We use this time primarily to set the assignments for the day. English people call this the “rota”.

    The first five … Continue reading

  • Something new

    Forgive me. For better or worse it’s been years since I’ve had to contribute a thought to the internet without a 140-character restriction.

    This inaugural blog post marks the beginning of my sabbatical outside of the United States. I’ve returned to the Greek island of Chios (sunset from one of the beach coves here above) to volunteer … Continue reading