indiGLOW Award: Roh
Roh came to Greece at the start of the year to help with the refugee crisis in any way she could. She was immediately approached by a rather frantic-looking Holly, who was in need of help and asked her to join the indiGO volunteer coordination team. Holly was drawn to Roh’s smiling and welcoming nature, and Roh agreed to help during her 3 week stint in Greece.
Fast forward to 8 months later, and Roh is still in Greece!! An integral part of the team, Roh leads on projects and brings her enthusiasm and energy to each meeting, idea and event. We are very grateful that she wiped her 2017 plans clear and agreed to stay with us!! Thank you for all your work Roh!
We caught up with Roh to ask her a few questions about her experience with Indigo Volunteers…
So what do you do for indiGO Volunteers?
My main role is to help manage volunteer coordination for grassroots groups in Greece and Serbia! We try to recruit as many people as possible, and then assign them a placement depending on their skills and availability. We coordinate for around 35 groups so far, and we’re expanding our network every month! I’m also responsible for the general welfare of volunteers and coordinators at our Help Refugees hub, and for developing our self-care documents, trying to support long-term volunteers while they are on placement and once they return home.
What inspired you to be part of the indiGO team?
indiGO has such a wonderful ethos and practical approach to getting individuals involved with volunteering, and helping to make those opportunities available to as many people as possible. I think one of the greatest obstacles to grassroots efforts is that every day people want to offer their support, but simply don’t know how to get involved, or feel that their contribution wouldn’t be valued. And I genuinely believe indiGO is helping to tear down those walls. Not only that, but it’s such an inspiring group of people to work with!! Being based out in Greece, I reckon my contact with over 80% of the team has really only been through emails…. but it’s amazing! To be part of such a motivated taskforce taking time out of their own lives to help others, and to help make a difference. I still can’t quite believe I’m a part of it (:
Tell us a bit about yourself…
I’m 24 years old, bit of a travel/adventure nut thanks to my family. We moved around all over when I was growing up, and they definitely passed on the travel bug! I think I fell in love with volunteering from quite early on. My first real project was at school, introducing linen bags in local supermarkets in Indonesia to replace the free plastic ones. And then I just got addicted!! I’ve wanted to work in this sector for as long as I can remember. I’m generally quite disorganised/indecisive about my immediate life plans, but I reckon that’s mainly because I just want to keep travelling/exploring/learning as I go! And because I honestly think I’ll always come back to working in grassroots (:
Tell us something funny about you…
My adoptive French grandparents had me on this hyper-crazy diet of hot chocolate, baguette and sugar cubes when I was growing up…. And the effects never really wore off. I still just bounce around quite a lot.