Overall Rating:/ 10I volunteered at the Romani Centre in Tirana, Albania for 2 weeks. I helped out in the morning with the kindergarten class and in the afternoon I held English lessons for the kids from the neighborhood. The first day was absolutely terrifying. This was my first international volunteering trip working with children. The kids from the Indigent camp were out of control as it was their first day also and basic things, such as the concept of sharing was completely lost on them. At the end of the first class I seriously considered going home, especially because I thought that there was nothing I could do in only two weeks. Also, the conditions at the Roma Centre are not ideal so roughing it was a bit of an understatement.
I ended up staying and it was the best decision I could have made. :) My only regret now is not being able to stay longer. Those kids want so much attention and love! There was always a hug request, a high five request or a 'good job' request. They are just amazing!
We were able to work on a couple of manual activities, sing Albanian songs and play some games. The teachers were helpful and Gimme (after you get to know him) was great! As far as free time, there are tons to do and many places to explore, you just have to be willing. Altin was very nice and helpful and helped me with instructions on buses and such to visit other cities. I had a terrific experience and hope to return some day!