Corona has turned many things upside down, including the start of our volunteers on site. Until recently, volunteers had to quarantine in one of our accommodations before they could start working with the team. In our MVI – QUARANTEAM Edition, we introduce you to new arrivals who are or have been in quarantine due to Corona measures and want to know what and how they are keeping themselves busy. This will give you a personal impression of the great people we can count among our team.
In this interview you will learn more about Fabienne, who supports our team as a medical coordinator in Athens.
What gives you hope at the moment?
Since I´ve been with the project in Athens as a volunteer a short time ago, I am very much looking forward to seeing the team again.
During my time as a volunteer, I had a good insight into the work of MVI. Even though I am aware that the general situation for people fleeing Europe is not going to improve anytime soon, I have seen how we as individuals help. Even if we are only doing a small service, it is important that someone is there for those people and that they have a place to go.
I am now very excited about what I will see and learn as a coordinator.
What has been your best experience with the MVI team so far?
I have had at least one good experience with the MVI team every day. How should I pick out one experience? 😉
Who are your most important contacts on site?
Definitely Paula, the project coordinator here in Athens. She always has an open ear when you need it. But I have also grown very fond of our interpreters Saeed, Fereshteh and Abdulkader.
How has COVID-19 changed your view of our work?
COVID-19 has made the situation much more difficult for people on the move. This makes our work even more important. It is wonderful to see that despite the travel difficulties there are still so many motivated people who are willing to support this project.
What surprising thing did you/do you stock up on in quarantine (no toilet paper)?
My yoga mat. Since I’m not allowed to leave the flat, it’s important for me to be able to do at least some strength exercises or yoga.
What hobbies or passions are you/can you pursue at the moment?
I’m very busy with triage, but it’s also nice when I can really take time to read again.
What item accompanies you through quarantine?
What song are you currently listening to?
Behet Ghol Midam from Mohsen Yeganeh
What are you most looking forward to after this time?
Getting to know the team and seeing Paula again.