ECU students travel to Germany during Spring Break to help refugees

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Some ECU students are back from a spring break trip they’ll never forget.

Members of the German club traveled to Germany to help refugees.

9 On Your Side talked to them about what the student’s said was a life-changing experience.

After helping a group of refugees for a week, some ECU students said the old saying, “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” is something we all need to live by.

“The majority who need help, who are washing newborns in puddles and dead children on beaches, we shouldn’t deny them,” said Anthony Razov, German club president.

Kestra James, ECU freshman, added, “The news just doesn’t do them justice when it comes to their personalities and how they treat each other.”

A group of ECU students who came together because of a language are now bonded forever  because of an experience they shared.

11 German club students traveled to Germany for Spring Break to help with the refugee crisis. They taught language classes, helped with paperwork and just spent time with the people who are trying to find a better life.

“There was definitely a bond of friendship, I’d say,” said Razov. He will never forget some of the things he heard. “One person had it his father die in a car bombing and he realized how dangerous it is to live in his country.”

Stories like that are why Razov, and the rest of the group, were forever changed by their visit.

“I learned what’s the difference, who are the people who are ya know causing harm, and who are the people that just want to live their lives, and get a better future,” he said.

Daniel Franch, ECU senior, was one of the students who feels inspired to make a difference.

“The xenophobia and the racism still in the 21st century, I really because of this trip I want to do everything I can raise the awareness to fight and combat that,” said French.

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