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Recollections of my time volunteering in Greek refugee camps.

Recollections of my time volunteering in Greek refugee camps.

In February this year I decided to go to Greece to work in a refugee camp accommodating primarily Syrian women and children refugees. It is something that I had been thinking of doing for a while. I have a very fortunate life and I am at the stage where my children are old enough to look after themselves and I have the opportunity to “pay it forward ” and help others in need. I had been looking for something where I could use my skills accumulated over almost 30 years as a naturopath. The opportunity arose with Involvement Volunteers International to work as a nutritionist in Greece and it took me about 30 seconds to decide to register my interest. Four months later taking almost $3000 in generous donations I found myself in Athens meeting up with 25 other naturopaths, nutritionists, nurses and doctors from Oz and the UK. We got stuck into it straight away and at Kora House, a refugee support centre, made up a healthy nut and seed slice to go in 100 food packs we put together to distribute to the homeless on the cold winter streets of Athens that night.           The following morning fellow naturopath Jules Galloway and I went to our herbal heaven, a fabulous shop selling a huge variety of medicinal herbs. We stocked up on kilos of herbs to make tea blends to take to the camp. We had a lot of fun comparing knowledge with the lovey self taught lady with such a happy, friendly personality.             Our huge team...