Friday 24 October 2014

The first day of a long journey

On Tuesday, my last morning in Germany, I was very lucky. Most flights were canceled, but not mine.  I arrived in London, finally! It was so cold, but I was really looking forward to the welcome-meeting in the evening. To be honest, I didn't know what to expect. What kind of people will I meet? What kind of food will we eat?  At the end of the evening I had the answers. It was an Arabic restaurant and the food was very very very good. I had "Kafta". And the people were great! They asked me a lot of questions and I really wanted to get to know them. I felt very welcome.

I met Emilio, my co-worker for the next 10 month and Zak a good friend of CADFA. With both of them I did a London-Tour on Wednesday. Our first destination was a hill in Greenwich Park, which was very far away, but it was worth it. The view was wonderful! Then we popped into the Maritime Museum. In London all museums are free!!! I never will be bored. It 's my first time in London, so I had to see Big Ben. We took the bus to Westminster walked around and had some fish and chips. I think they are the best things, you can do in London on your first day!!!

My little Cadfa adventure

Palestine Wall

Hi to everybody! I am so happy to be here today, but I am a bit nervous too because for me, to write in English and explain the reasons why I am here in London, it is really difficult.
I am Spanish, I am 25 years old and I am a European Volunteer. My name is Emilio Sanchez, and I will be here with CADFA in London for 10 months.

I am here for many different reasons. First, because I want to help with Palestinian problems, working to support Palestinian society and Cadfa is doing good projects in Abu Dis, with students, women,  youth, etc. On the other hand, I am really interested to be here for my professional development in international affairs  and in particular to create projects with other countries and communities. CADFA gives me the opportunity to learn about the structure of a charitiy in United Kingdom in this area. And finally,I hope to  improve my English because this is very important in the 21st century.

I hope to enjoy my time with Cadfa in London with all my volunteer friends. There will be different visits from Palestine and I hope to learn a lot of  this culture, and their lives in Palestine, their lifestyle, etc.
 Today I finish my first week in Cadfa and I am really happy to have met a lot of people and I want to say 'Thank you very much' because the welcome week has been really beautiful.