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Thessaloniki, Seres, Katerini, Polygyros
Iraklio, Hania, Sitia
Kavala, Xanthi, Alexandroupoli, Komatini
Kalamata, Tripoli, Sparti
Rodos, Kos, Ermoupoli
There are 1734 reviews for 175 Hosts and organizations in Greece.
175 Hosts in Greece were rated at least 4.8/5!
I thoroughly enjoyed my first Workaway experience with Heather. The work was hard but so rewarding and educational, not to mention Heather's extensive...
by Vaiva , 12/01/2021
How many times have I reminded myself that I needed to give a response to this experience, which I enjoyed very much, but haven't sat down and done it...
by Laura Lykke Kjoeller , 10/01/2021
I was very happy and thankful to have been invited to this place to stay for a bit more than two weeks in December. I arrived towards the finish of th...
by Sebastian , 08/01/2021
Incredible experience with smiling people and cute cats in calm atmosphere
by Svetlana , 30/12/2020
I can only be grateful for my 6 week experience with Monika and Giannis! Very generous people, they're genuinly interested about your life and patient...
by Fien , 28/12/2020
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Greece has long been renowned for its great natural beauty and fascinating history, and although the country’s recent forays into the news have been focused on its economic troubles, the country is still a top travel destination where the tourist dollar has never been more welcome. Ancient archaeological sites, idyllic islands, picture-postcard beaches, and a balmy Mediterranean climate… is it any surprise that this country of 11 million inhabitants received about 24.8 million visitors in 2016?
Since most of these tourists come in July and August, and are concentrated in a very few resorts, there are still plenty of areas in the country that remain free from large-scale tourism. The good news is that there are Workaway hosts looking for volunteers to work in their projects in both the tourist hot spots and in undiscovered corners of Greece. As a Workaway volunteer you can explore Greece in an affordable way, have an unforgettable summer or a unique gap year, do something meaningful, learn new skills, meet people and make friends for life.
Whatever your “thing” is – whether you like to immerse yourself in history, hike mountain trails or live the life of a beach bum – Greece offers the traveller plenty to discover. And if you want to extend your trip with a spot of volunteering, Workaway has more than 260 hosts located all over the country, on the mainland and the islands, in cities, in popular tourist spots and in more out-of-the-way locations. Volunteers can help in hostels and houses, on farms raising rare breeds of horse, in permaculture and community projects, and even on sailing boats.
The famous whitewashed homes and charming blue-domed churches that appear on postcards of Greece are typical of a specific region of the country (the Cycladic islands), and many first-time visitors are surprised to discover a country with such regional and architectural diversity, the result of its Classical history, as well as Ottoman and Venetian influences. Its more than 4000-year-old culture has had a profound influence on Western arts, language, philosophy, politics and sports, and a visit to Greece’s many ancient historical sites takes you back through history to the mythical times of the gods.
The landscape is just as varied and diverse: the extensive coastline is studded with fabulous beaches and the mountainous interior is great hiking territory. But perhaps Greece’s biggest attraction is the islands, ranging from lively cosmopolitan tourist spots, to quiet isolated locations where the boat calls just twice a week.
But there is more to a country than its history and landscape – as a Workaway volunteer you will meet the locals and be invited into the heart of Greek homes, giving you the chance to learn the language, explore the culture and enjoy the country’s wonderful cuisine. Visit the Workaway blog to find out how food-loving Workawayers learned the secrets to authentic Greek cuisine while volunteering, plus packing hacks and other advice and tips from seasoned travellers, and read on for more Greece-specific help and hints.
The mainland is studded with well-preserved Classical ruins, frescoed Byzantine churches and monasteries, massive fortified towns, and the long, sandy beaches of the Peloponnese and the Pelion peninsulas. Perhaps more surprisingly, the mountains of the mainland offer some of the best and least-exploited hiking, rafting, canyoning and skiing in Europe.
Greece has more than 6,000 islands, 230 of them inhabited, of which a dozen or so are major holiday destinations. Ferries connect many of the islands, enabling the traveller to go island hopping. You’re spoilt for choice for where to go in the Aegean or Ionian seas, and perhaps the best strategy for first-time visitors is to sample assorted islands from nearby archipelagos – Crete, the Dodecanese, the Cyclades and the northeast Aegean are all reasonably well connected with each other, while the Sporades, Argo-Saronic and Ionian groups are best visited in single trips. There are Workaway volunteering opportunities on many of the islands, just use the handy search filters to narrow down the choice by typing in the word ‘island’ or a specific place name.
If time and money are short, the Saronic islands are the best place to head for, since they are just a short ride from Piraeus (the main port of Athens).
This group of islands to the northeast is relatively easy to reach from Athens or Thessalonica.
Off the west coast of mainland Greece, the Ionian Islands are often dismissed as package holiday territory, but their Venetian-style architecture, especially evident in Corfu and neighbouring Paxi, make them well worth seeking out, especially on a journey between Greece and Italy.
This group of islands in the central Aegean represent the quintessential, picture-postcard Greece.
Lying to the east, in the Aegean Sea, close to Turkey, Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese islands. Its capital, UNESCO-listed Rhodes Town, is one of Greece's top tourist destinations.
The largest and most populous of Greece’s islands, it is also the fifth-largest island in the Mediterranean, and separates the Aegean from the Libyan sea.
Workaway is the world’s leading community for volunteering and cultural exchange. Lone travellers backpacking through Greece will find plenty of opportunities to meet and connect with the locals, but Workaway also offers many opportunities for couples, friends, families and groups. Workaway’s many hosts offer volunteers free accommodation and meals in exchange for a few hours of work a day, normally five days a week. This is the perfect way to make travelling affordable in Greece, or to extend your stay. Whether you want to visit Greece’s lively, diverse cities and tourist hot spots, or get right off the beaten track and immerse yourself in wild nature and local life, the perfect host is waiting to welcome you. It doesn’t matter whether you are exploring during your summer holidays, or seeking a gap year adventure, the volunteering opportunities are almost unlimited and will guarantee you have the time of your life.
As a member of the Workaway community you can use the many thousands of reviews and feedback provided to find your perfect match among our hosts. Share your culture, skills and language with the communities, projects and families that offer a wide range of volunteer programmes, volunteer projects and volunteer jobs. If you want to take a backpacking trip through the heart of Greece, use our search filters to check out the many offers far away from the usual tourist spots. Combining these more off-the-beaten-track opportunities with a stay with some of the many host families and organizations in cities and coastal towns is the ideal way to enjoy the diversity of Greece.
Who doesn’t enjoy going on holiday and relaxing in a tourist hot spot? However, travellers who want to connect more deeply with the host country and make a real difference will find perfect opportunities to do this by joining Workaway. Do you want to find out more about the culture of Greece? Volunteering is the perfect vehicle for cultural exchange, providing the traveller with a truly memorable experience while doing something useful, like helping to restore an old building, helping with household tasks, or caring for children or animals. Working and travelling in Greece will provide the perfect opportunity to get to know this unique country, its culture and its people.
If you are from outside the EU and planning to visit Greece solely as a volunteer and not as a tourist, you will need the correct visa. To find out more information, you need to contact the Greek Embassy in your home country before travelling. And please don’t forget to take out appropriate insurance to make sure you qualify for healthcare!
It’s practically impossible to do justice to a country as varied as Greece in a single article – so if you want to find out more before visiting, check out this infographic, arm yourself with some more information, join Workaway and get planning your trip!