MAJD ALABD
Interpreter, Volunteer at the Refugees Code Week’s event as trainer’s assistant, IMC International Medical Corps


I attended a Commerce High School from 2004 till graduating in 2008 in my hometown of Damascus. During my summer holidays while attending High School I helped my brother with his fashion design business in Damascus. Then I attended the Commercial Institute for Banking and Insurance from, which is also located in Damascus. In 2010 I was accepted into the commerce and economics faculty at Tishreen University in Latakia, Syria. While studying at university I only had to attend key important lectures and final exams at the Latakia campus, in the mean time I lived in Damascus. During my second year of studies at University I was no longer able to travel between Latakia and Damascus due to the interruption of the civil war; which caused the blockage of roads. Alongside studying at university, I was also working for a construction company. However I lost my job with the construction company due to civil unrest and the political situation in Syria at the time. In 2011 I attended the Institute Cervantes at the Spanish Culture Center in Damascus.

In 2013 I left Syria because of the political situation. I went to Lebanon first by car after leaving Syria and before making my way to Turkey. I stayed in Lebanon for only 4 to 5 months because I couldn’t find a full time job that would of allowed me to afford the cost of living in Lebanon, so I was working many different part time jobs in order to live. My brother who was living in Istanbul at the time offered me a job here, so I decided to move to Turkey. I flew from Lebanon to Turkey, where I have been living for the last 3 ˝ years. I worked for my brother for about 6 months before leaving for another job with a Turkish fashion design company here in Istanbul. During my work with the Turkish company I learned the basics of the Turkish language from my fellow workers. With time my Turkish language has improved by working with Turkish colleagues. While working with the fashion design company I was also looking for other opportunities that would allow me to use my language abilities. From walking around the different neighborhoods I was able to find a job that better suited my skill set with a hotel and would allow me to use my previous knowledge of different languages. During my work at the hotel I had the opportunity to work with some different NGO’s here in Istanbul assisting them with different projects throughout the city. After working at the hotel for more than 2 years I will be leaving them at the end of this month due to payment issues and in search of a better opportunity.