Volunteer Muhannad Faour, Relief Department, Hama Branch, Syrian Arab Red Crescent

Published: 18 August 2014 15:54 CET

Here at the Hama branch of the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC), amid the hustle and bustle of work, I have been talking with my colleagues about what it means to be a volunteer. Many of us are young, and we hope to improve the future of our country and our people.

This organization and the other volunteers encourage me, and every day I develop more skills and expertise through the work I do. I began volunteering with the relief team, and now I work with the assessment team. We go to places to assess the humanitarian situation for people displaced or affected by the crisis.

Volunteering work helps me put into practice what I studied in the past.

Some of my community encouraged me and some others questioned me, saying, “Why you are working hard and making yourself tired for what is only volunteering work?” But as I started to gain expertise, I discovered that this place is my start to the real life of volunteering.

Volunteering has taught me the meaning of moral obligation, a sense of responsibility, how to be an entrepreneur, and how to be a man who cares for others and for his team.

Volunteering made ​​me try new things and taught me how to deal with those around me.

I believe in the ideals of this work. I have learned how to accept others and how to deal with them, with all their positives or negatives.