Communication One of the first things I was concerned about prior to the trip was the communication barrier. How would I be able to offer them assistance if we couldn't understand each other and a translator wasn't present? It wasn't always easy, but you learn pretty quickly that non-verbal communication and simple words go a long way. Pointing to objects, using hand gestures, and physically remaining calm help create a mutual understanding between volunteers and refugees. Also, even playing games like soccer or playing music together are helpful in knocking down communication barriers. While you may not speak Farsi or Arabic, you can make a conscious effort to learn a few simple words like hello or goodbye during your time volunteering. This went a long way in building trust with refugees.