Help at a community center for refugees in East Macedonia and Thrace, 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 Serrés, Northern Greece, about an hour away from Thessaloniki.
    The residents of the camps are mostly yazidis from Northern Iraq and Syria who had to leave their country during the war.

    We are looking for volunteers from October / November onward, especially :


    Skills preffered : english / german teacher (experience, TEFL, or strong interest and organizational skills), experience working with children, yoga / fitness, experience working with women and girls.

    Minimum comitmment : 6 weeks.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Babysitting and creative play
    Charity Work
    Language practice
    Art Projects

  • 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 yazidi culture !
    It'll also be the opportunity to discover the humanitarian work from a field perspective.

  • 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, socialiaze 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 prefered)
    - German teachers (no certification or experience necessary, only a good/fluent level of german)

    - Piano / guitar teachers (no experience in teaching required)

    - Yoga / Fitness / Dance teachers (certification or strong experience prefered)

    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 (tuesday / wednesday)

    We do not provide meals.

    UPDATE : due to the pandemic we will have a smaller team from now on, and all volunteers are expected to contribute to two or several programs.

  • 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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    • 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

    Maximum 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