Chrisovalantou Rountou from Florina in Nothern Greece moved to Germany for a year to spent her European voluntary service (ESC) in a Kindergarten. In Hagen, a small city in North Rhine-Westphalia she felt home soon – not only because of the cities’ historical connection to Greece, but also because of the children and her co-workers in the German-Greek Kita „Elaphi“.
The day when I left Greece I felt alone and at the same time excited – it was like everything happened by mistake, so it got even more exciting. Why? In July 2018 I just had graduated from the Department of early childhood education. Having no idea for the next step I saw a Facebook post about volunteering in Hagen. As being always interested in Germany I did some research. They were asking for a volunteer to work in a Greek-German Kindergarten.