The organisation is a humanitarian grassroots organisation supporting refugees in Northern Greece since 2016.
Our main project is a community centre in Lagadikia, a ten minutes walk from Lagadikia camp with approximately 500 residents at the moment. In our community centre we provide residents with different community-building and informal education projects such as adult (16+) Greek and English classes, a child friendly space, a women's space, an info hub, and different sports and leisure activities. We also have a big communal areas for the residents to use and enjoy with arts & crafts supplies, a ping pong table, different card & board games, a library and a computer lab. We are especially focussed on providing long-term support related to community building, integration and employability.
Apart from the community centre we run a humanitarian warehouse where we receive donations from all over Europe and distribute them to partner organisations all over Northern Greece as well as to the residents of Lagadikia camp as needed. Here we sort clothes, emergency gear such as tents and sleeping bags, dry food and hygiene items, and pack them for orders placed by other organisations in the region working with refugees.
To help run our operations in Greece we are looking for passionate and committed volunteers to join our team. The minimum stay for general volunteers is 6 weeks. However, we also have dedicated roles within our volunteer team that can require specific skills, experience and a longer stay. These include: English Teachers (no teaching certificate needed), Social Media Volunteer, Info Hub Assistant, Community Time Project Lead, Child-Friendly Space Project Lead, Women's Space Project Lead, Warehouse Assistant (Volunteer). If you apply as a general volunteer but might be a fit for a specific position, we’ll suggest it during the application process. The minimum stay for these positions is 2-3 month to work as sustainably as possible.
Please note, a contribution is required for accommodation in our volunteer flat and groceries. Working hours vary depending on the current need and team size but expect to work on average around 8 hours 5 - 6 days a week (depending on your length of stay).
Working here is an opportunity to develop and share your skills in a humanitarian grassroots organisation.
You'll be part of a team that cares about the work that they do and we all work towards the same goal. However, this also comes with responsibility: we always try to work to a professional standard and appropriate in the context of what it means to deliver humanitarian aid. You'll be briefed on this with a specific induction and several documents, so don't worry if you don't have any experience working in this field.
As a general volunteer you don't need to have any specific skills a part from being flexible, eager to help out wherever needed and committed to help displaced people in Northern Greece. However, it's great if you have specific skills (for example to lead a workshop in the mornings). In the past we had workshops such as theatre games, an English book club, an alphabet class, and fitness classes.
If you want to apply as an English teacher, you don't need to have an official certificate however you need a good level of English in spoken and written form and be able to independently (with the help of our material and syllabus) prepare your classes. For English teachers, we have a minimum stay of 3 months.
The skills you need for the specific project lead positions vary, but generally motivation and commitment are the most important traits in a volunteer for us.
Please note, a contribution is required for accommodation in our volunteer flat and groceries (approximately 8€/day for the first month and 3€/day thereafter). The city centre of Thessaloniki is easily reached by bus in about 30 minutes. You'd be sharing a room with 2-3 other volunteers. In the volunteer flat there are two bathrooms, a kitchen, a large communal area and several balconies. Our volunteers eat breakfast and dinner together. All of this is organised in weekly flat meetings to discuss schedules and logistics.
There are a lot of things to do on your weekly days-off in the area such as going to Thessaloniki, the second biggest city in Greece, with heaps of cultural sites to visit, museums, bars, cafes, tavernas. In the region, there are a lot of beautiful beaches and mountains.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
5-10 hours a day, 5-6 days a week
In developing countries (Where most hosts are involved in charity work or community development) some of our hosts may ask for a small donation to help the host family or charity (often less then 5 dollars per day) Workaway will allow this listing when the donation goes directly to the family or charity and is just to cover the cost of the volunteer‘s stay. (This will be clearly marked on the host listing).
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