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Hareth

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I expected OCC to be a complement to the previous programs that I had been a part of in Iraq and Greece, and to give me more positive ideas.

My childhood was as beautiful as any child with his parents could ask for. My family was from the educated class, made up of teachers and officers. In Iraq, I studied the fields of psychology, sociology, and politics. Then after an additional four years of study, I worked with a judge in the court for a year. I also had a shop selling underwear for women and worked as a taxi driver
using my own car.

 

I was able to go to beautiful places and met people who were friendly and others less so.

I had to leave my country because of the many wars. I arrived in Greece from Turkey by boat. It was the first country I had visited. My goals were drawn around becoming an army officer and learning the meaning and content of the English language better, just like my father. But my destiny was different. As I mentioned earlier, there were several times that I felt I had a second family looking after me. I had great relations with my colleagues and they constantly provided us with assistance. I expected OCC to be a complement to the previous programs that I had been a part of in Iraq and Greece, and to give me more positive ideas.

After agreeing to work with OCC, my supervisor gave me a set of daily and monthly tasks such as hosting two sessions per week and opening and closing the office. I even sometimes received requests for people who wanted to attend language classes. These tasks are allsupportive of the small and modern project. Any social or public relations I had with trainees or volunteers, or even officials, were temporary relationships because we cannot always stay anywhere for a long time. This is why I consider these to be temporary relationships. However, these temporary relationships were so beautiful that I will never forget them. I was able to make such beautiful memories that these relationships with OCC are now permanent. Some of the positive memories I have are how valuable the Arabic language is for the foreign people learning it to communicate and work with us, and how valuable the English language is for us so
we can communicate with an even larger group of people. While I was working, I was staying in a four-bedroom apartment and shared a hall with a number of people of different nationalities such as Cyprus, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. We bonded with each other and had discussions about lessons and the teachers in the program. In addition to that, we discussed the field of entertainment and went out with other friends. There were some negative aspects, but we still enjoyed these days. The place of work and housing is all in Barcelona, which is a really beautiful city. I was able to go to beautiful places and met people who were friendly and others less so. I visited many beautiful places with advisers, friends and colleagues, such as the beach. But all of Barcelona is beautiful.

In the future, I want to return to my country after this wrong and miserable dream. Yes, I have a dream, which is to see those countries that destroyed my future be in the same situation that we are in. As for the future, I do not know what will happen to me, but I hope to learn more and more, and, one day, change my status from refugee to citizen or return to my country.

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