Paniz, originally from Persia, has been residing in Berlin, Germany for several years, pursuing her academic degree in digital media. Currently in her last semester, she is participating in an Erasmus program in Cagliari.
Her volunteer journey started when a friend shared his experience as a translator for Syrian refugees in Germany, inspiring Paniz to make a positive impact through volunteering. In 2019, Paniz eagerly began volunteering for an organization as a translator, focusing on assisting Afghan refugees. Her commitment varied based on the organization’s needs, typically dedicating herself to this role approximately three times a week. She encountered both busier and quieter weeks, adjusting her availability to support the refugees effectively. Paniz’s specific responsibilities encompassed preparing and translating their life stories, legal documents, and handling various bureaucratic matters.
After dedicating a year to the organization, Paniz’s passion for volunteering persisted. She furthered her involvement by joining another organization that provides cultural tours for refugees in Arabic, Russian, and Persian. However, following her relocation to Cagliari, Paniz now contributes to the cause by managing the organization’s social media as a volunteer. Understanding the significance of raising awareness about the free program, she effectively utilizes social media platforms to reach a wider audience and promote its message.
Navigating challenges and leaving an impact as a volunteer!
Paniz candidly reflects on the challenges she faced during her volunteer experience. As a translator, she had insight into the refugees’ stories and witnessed their tears and profound sadness. Walking alongside them throughout the asylum-seeking process, Paniz deeply empathized with the intensity of their emotions. Her active participation played a crucial role in providing support and solace to the Afghan refugees she assisted.
Tune in to the podcast for a deeper exploration of Paniz’s volunteer work, as well as her personal thoughts and feelings on the transformative nature of volunteering. Discover how her dedication has empowered Afghan refugees and shaped her own perspectives on making a difference in the world.