A Letter to Brazil

It’s been a week that my body is back and only few days that my mind finally decided to join it, or at least a part of it. I hate the fact that all what I have lived there is turning in memories. Because then it starts to feel like a dream, but it’s not….

Day 49: What I will NEVER forget

I’m sitting at the airport waiting for my first flight. I don’t know neither how nor what I’m feeling. My brain froze and refuses to talk to me. I feel in denial. It’s like being stuck between two worlds. I keep looking at people faces here around, sometimes at my phone. I am absent-minded. I…

Day 36: Volunteers for Volunteers, forever

It is coming to an end. All this experience, all those nice moments, all those great events are over, or almost. People around have started to feel nostalgic already. I was trying to enjoy those last days the most. I stayed in the village as long as possible. I kept saying each day, this has…

Day 32: About IPA, or Refugees Paralympic Team

I can already feel some sadness in the Paralympic village. It’s only 2 days before the games are over. Competitions are slowly coming to their end and some delegations have already started to walk around with their luggage. Volunteers as well, we are becoming fewer and fewer each day. Raghda, an amazing Egyptian volunteer who often helps…

Day 27: Tunisia’s Paralympics gift for Tunisians

I hate to say this but as I already took part in Olympics, some routine has settled down during some Paralympic days. Especially that the rush and the stress of the second Opening Ceremony is behind us now. I litterally was dead the past days because we had a lack of volunteers and I had…

Day 21: Why I am doing Paralympics

It’s 11:12 am and it’s the beginning of September. People say it’s Monday of the year but thank God I’m not having this feeling because I’m living a dream with great people here in a parallel world, the world of enthusiasm, positiveness and solidarity. I lost the notion of days order because I work on…

Day 17 – Olympics: What happens behind the Scenes

The last 2 Olympic days were among the most stressing ones in my volunteer journey. Athletics as a discipline is quite complicated to organize due to the high number of competing athletes in a short period of time. The Olympic Stadium is a huge venue and finding your way inside it is sometimes quite confusing. I’ve basically…

Day 13: Today is Athletics Day !

Today all eyes are turning to the Olympic Stadium of Rio. Athletics officially start today with the preliminaries and they are known as the greatest discipline of all Olympic Sports. For Tunisians, it all about the champion Hbiba Ghribi. She will participate in the 3000m steeples on August 13th and hopefully she will make it…

Day 10: Ready, set, Rio !

I’ve been walking an average distance of 12-15km a day. So those “water bubbles” started to pop up on my feet and walking started to be really painful. But thank God things have started to calme down in the village after the Opening Ceremony rush. Most of logistic and organizational problems were solved, the most…

Day 7: Opening Ceremony preparations

It was a BIG day and I will never ever forget a second of it. August 5th, 2016: the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony day, taking place in South America for the first time in history. We had to wake up at 6 am and be in the village as early as possible. Some volunteers…

Day 4: First days in the Olympic Village

I’m still having problems what day is today. I don’t know why but I’ve lost the order since my arrival. But this should be my third or fourth day in my Olympic shifts. I could already set up some routine and order to my days: I got a fix wake up time, I know where…

Day 1: The Beginning

I don’t remember where I should start from. I haven’t slept since 2 days and I was running from a place to another all the time like a crazy dog. Well let’s try to sort things out: I arrived to Rio GIG airport around 5:30 am. It was so busy and dynamic although it was…