Help at a Community Centre for Refugees in Serres, Greece



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  • Description


    We are an NGO and we operate a community center for the residents of a nearby refugee camp.
    We provide psycho-social support throughout our different programs: Female Friendly Space, Children Friendly Space, Educational Program (English and German lessons), Arts and Recreation program (yoga/fitness/dance/guitar/piano lessons), and Warehouse (distribution of dry food/ clothes/hygiene products).
    We are located in Serres, Northern Greece, about an hour away from Thessaloniki.
    The residents of the camps are from eighteen different nationalities and backgrounds.

    Due to the COVID pandemic and government restrictions, our community centre was closed for a long while and we are only now slowly reopening, with the Education Programme, Female Space and Children Space having restarted, but we cannot wait to be able to be fully functional again and go back to our lively and wholesome normal activities. We are also continuing with our Distribution Programme and doing extra activities like gardening and art therapy sessions.

    We are recruiting a limited number of volunteers, to start from August on and help in the reopening process!
    This is how it usually goes: you send us your e-mail, read our information pack, check which programme(s) you identify the most, and fill out a form that would be provided, talking a little bit about your experiences, motivation, and which programmes you would like to join. If the form is successful, we invite you to an interview and after that, the final decision is made.

    Skills preferred: English / German teacher (experience, TEFL, or strong interest and organizational skills), experience working with children, experience working with women and girls.

    Minimum commitment: 4 weeks.

    Thank you very much for your interest and we look forward to your messages!
    Greece Team.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Babysitting and creative play

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You'll be part of a great team of international volunteers, the life in Serres is very nice, lots of restaurants, cafés, bars, hikes, close to Sofia and Thessaloniki.
    You'll be part of an amazing solidarity project and you'll get the chance to discover the fascinating cultures of our beneficiaries!
    It'll also be the opportunity to discover the humanitarian work from a field perspective.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    We can provide different types of volunteer opportunities :

    - Female Friendly Space volunteers: facilitate activities like knitting day, spa day, movie day, ensure that the space is safe, socialize with the residents.

    - Children Friendly Space: facilitate different activities for children aged 2 to 6 (sensory games, role play, construction, etc.), ensure the safety of the space, help the children to interact in an appropriate way and to express themselves.

    - English teachers (TEFL and CELTA or previous experience preferred)
    - German teachers (no certification or experience necessary, only a good/fluent level of German)

    The volunteers are expected to help about 5h a day, to attend the team meeting once a week and sometimes to help out in other programs if necessary.
    They'll have two days off every week (Sundays and Mondays)

    We do not provide meals.

    UPDATE : Since we have smaller teams from now on, all volunteers are expected to contribute a little bit to all of the programmes!

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Shared apartment in the center of town for 5 euros a night !

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    On your days off you can go spend the weekend on the coast, or in cities like Thessaloniki or Sofia, you could go hike Mount Olympus, go to the Tuesday market...

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    A little more information

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    About 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

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    This host charges a fee

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    5€ a night for accommodation

Host ref number: 131114212154