We are a grassroots organisation providing humanitarian aid and assistance to refugees across Europe. Our organisation was founded in September 2015 as a platform to coordinate volunteer efforts responding to humanitarian emergencies across the Balkan route. Since 2015, we have settled in Northern Greece and developed into a volunteer-based aid organisation guided by the principle “dignity first”, focusing on sustainable and long-term support by means of material help, community building, social activities, and informal education.
We currently have 3 main projects: the Warehouse, Lagadikia Distributions, Lagadikia Community Centre.
The purpose of the warehouse is emergency relief: closing gaps in the official aid system. It is the largest humanitarian warehouse in the region and functions as a humanitarian hub for Northern Greece, supporting several camps and social projects in the region. Donations come from all across Europe and IHA volunteers receive and sort the relief supplies and pack them for orders placed by other organisations.
We work in cooperation with the actors in the camp to identify those in need and fill the gaps that cannot be met by the official actors. IHA distributes food and hygiene items to those not able to receive official support, monthly diaper distributions, and clothing distributions, as well as providing new arrivals with shelter provisions such as sleeping bags, blankets, and tents, and food and hygiene welcome packages.
Lagadikia Community Centre
The aim of the Lagadikia Centre is to provide aid and dignity, build community and social inclusion, offer informal education, foster a sense of belonging, and provide access to crucial information.
We currently run the following activities:
- Informal adult English and Greek lessons
- A child-friendly space
- An info hub
- Community time
- Football & field games
- Women’s space & teen girls’ space
We create weekly and daily plans and volunteers are allocated to different tasks and rotated around the projects. Volunteers joining as general volunteers should expect to spend roughly 20-30% of their time in the warehouse, 0-10% of their time preparing/at distributions, and 60-80% of their time at the community centre. However, this is subject to change depending on our needs at the time and whether you are allocated to a specific aspect of the project.
Cuidado de niños y juegos creativos
Trabajo de caridad
Práctica de idiomas
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
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 work to a professional standard and appropriate to the humanitarian aid context. We provide training 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 apart from being passionate about our cause, motivated to work in a challenging environment, flexible and committed, at least 20 years old, able to come to Greece for at least 6 weeks, and can provide a background check/criminal record certificate (or equivalent).
Some of our volunteers have dedicated roles that can require specific skills, experience and a longer stay. Taking on a specific role does not mean not working in other parts of the project; we expect volunteers to help where it is needed. However, it involves taking on additional responsibility for one aspect of the project.
We're currently specifically looking for:
General Volunteers starting in October (minimum stay 6 weeks)
A Community Time Project Lead starting in October
- Working closely with the Field Coordinator and responsible for maintaining the space, engaging all visitors to the centre in activities.
- Be able to commit to a minimum of 10 weeks
- Be enthusiastic and welcoming
- Be creative in finding ways to engage members of all communities and genders in activities
An English Teacher starting at the end of September / early October
- English Teachers plan and teach up to 3 lessons a day. We provide resources, lesson plans, and a syllabus.
- Be able to commit to a minimum of 3 months
- Have a high level of English
- Preferred: Previous teaching experience
The volunteer flat is located in Diavata (about 30 minutes bus journey from Thessaloniki train station). Volunteers share a room with 2-3 other volunteers. In the volunteer flat there are 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a kitchen, a large communal area and several balconies. There is a recommended donation of 150€ as a one-off contribution to living expenses (bills, fuel, rent). Volunteers generally put 20€ into a communal fund and shop and cook together (optional). The shopping, cooking and cleaning rota is organised during 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 (20 min drive, 30 min bus journey), the second biggest city in Greece, where there are many cultural sites to visit, museums, bars, cafes, tavernas. In the region, there're a lot of beautiful beaches and mountains.
Acceso a Internet
Acceso a Internet limitado
Puede alojar familias
Más de dos
5-10 hours a day, 5-6 days a week
En los países en vías de desarrollo (donde la mayoría de los anfitriones que están involucrados trabajan en obras de caridad, programas de desarrollo, educación entre otros), Workaway permite que algunos de nuestros anfitriones bajo este perfil, pidan a los voluntarios una pequeña donación para ayudar a la familia con las que se quedarán, a menudo menos de 5 dólares por día. Workaway permite el cargo solo cuando la donación está dirigida directamente a la familia o programas de caridad y es sólo para cubrir el costo de la estancia los voluntarios. (Todo anfitriones que haya declarado algún cargo estará claramente marcado en su listado).
Workaway NO permite listados de agencias e intermediarios o proyectos que consideramos están buscando sacar provecho de una los voluntarios.