A European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps volunteer from Greece

Namaste, dear readers!

My name is Maria and I am from Greece. At WHR, I am a European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps volunteer and I’ll be dedicating the next six months of my life to this incredible journey.

What paved my way for this remarkable opportunity was WHR’s participation in the European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps. EVHAC is an initiative of the European Commission that offers young people of Europe the opportunity to participate in volunteering activities that support humanitarian aid operations around the world. Through this partnership, WHR  fosters international cooperation, enabling volunteers like myself to contribute to the organization’s mission of promoting widows’ rights and equality.

The moment I stumbled upon the vacancy at WHR, I felt that it was my golden ticket to chase my dreams and I excitedly applied for it. After researching about WHR’s work, I realized that it was an ideal place that would allow me to not only contribute to an important cause but also, would be an opportunity for my personal growth. In addition, Nepal has always held a special place in my heart because of its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. I had heard about its unique traditions, warm-hearted people and beautiful mountains, things that always made me want to discover it and embark on a journey.

The first time I set foot in the city of Kathmandu, it felt like a surreal dream, where every aspect of life seemed very different from my country. The busy streets, the traditional way of clothing and warm smiles of the locals made me feel really excited about this new chapter of my life. As I settled into my role as a Communication Manager, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of purpose for the meaningful work that lay ahead. The WHR team welcomed me with open arms and I am really grateful that I get a chance to work alongside
passionate individuals who share a common vision.

As a Communication Manager, I am able to witness the transformative power of WHR’s programs. Whether it is covering events or raising awareness through social media, every effort is aimed at empowering widows. Every day brings new opportunities to learn. From enhancing my writing skills to developing communication strategies, I am constantly evolving both personally and professionally.

During my time here, I also had the opportunity to experience the Dashain festival and witness firsthand the deep-rooted traditions and family values that are cherished by the Nepalese community. It was truly heartwarming to see how the festival brought people closer and strengthened their bonds.

All in all, I am filled with gratitude for the incredible experience that I am currently living and I can’t wait to see what the next months of my volunteering project bring!

I invite each and everyone of you to consider joining the WHR team as fellow volunteers and make a difference.

Stay tuned for more updates as WHR continues its efforts to build a better future.

Thank you for your support!

WHR’s volunteer application: https://whr.org.np/website/volunteering/

European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps:  https://youth.europa.eu/solidarity/young-people/volunteering-humanitarian-aid_en

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