Since 2014, The Greenlandic Children Association has organized summer camps in smaller cities in Greenland. The short, intense periods with arranged activities makes a big difference in the long term. Children that spend time together open their eyes for all the possibilities in this great world. Through fun activities and by exploring and learning, new communities are born.
This summer I was working as a photographer for the association together with other volunteers from all over the world. I had this amazing opportunity to get closer, experience the people, and the greenlandic culture from a completely different perspective.
We were open for everyone who wanted to join our camp. All children from the city were welcome. Some days we were visited by 150 kids at the same time, other days "just" 50. We also provided activities for teens, and sometimes even the parents showed up to give a helping hand.
We worked every day with the kids, and once a week, the whole city was invited to create a special day together with children and us. We had an international evening, where we cooked our traditional meals. We did a dancing night where we mixed greenlandic polka with pop and disco music. Those days were intense and required lots of preparations. However, the result was a joyfull time spent together that brought us closer, not just to the children, but also us, the adults.
When you walk in the city and you hear your name shouted from the other part of the town, you turn to take a look at who it is, and you end up with a warm hug from a smiling child, that´s when you realise you are here for a good reason!
When the guy from the airport gives you a hug just before you enter your plane... then you know that you did a good job.
And when the parents come to you and say «I have never seen my child this happy» Then you know that it was all worth it!