Refugee Humanitarian Work Greece

IVI partner with local NGO's on the ground and locally organised teams of international volunteers dedicated to providing both immediate and long term support for refugees on Chios, Lesvos & Thessaloniki. You can participate in boat arrivals preperation and support, food distribution, humanitarian aid and general volunteering assistance.

 

Refugee Humanitarian Work Greece

Project Type

Hotel / Guest house stay (single or twin rooms) | Refugee support, boat arrivals, food distribution, womans & children support and general volunteer project assistance

Duration

2 Weeks+

Start Dates

All year round 

Location

Chios

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Refugee Humanitarian Work Greece

You’ll work alongside local organisations on the island of Chios to provide general volunteering support.   

Boat Arrivals
Responding to boat arrivals on the island by providing immediate care and alerting relevant medical/ rescue teams when necessary.  Providing warm clothes, blankets and food.   Running beach cleaning projects to assist the local community in maintaining the natural beauty of the island. Large amounts of boat material collected is then recycled to make bags.

Food & Humanitarian Aid Distribution
Food distribution and Tea service (bringing hot tea to the camps each afternoon in various areas. Responding to the needs of refugees on the island through distributions of necessary items including clothes, shoes, shampoo, washing powder and sun cream.  
Initiating and supporting long term projects: youth educational programs, activities for adults, distribution of milk and fruit to compliment the meals provided by volunteer run kitchens.

Chios Accommodation

Accommodation is included for the duration of your volunteer program.  We’ve worked hard to ensure our volunteers have access to comfortable and safe accommodation within close proximity to the volunteer projects and local facilities such as cafe’s and grocery stores and other amenities. You’ll share a small apartment with 4 other volunteeers.   The accommodations is basic, but clean, comfortable and safe.   Please speak to us in advance with any questions or preferences.   The hotels and/or volunteer houses are in close proximity to basic supermarkets, ATM, restaurants and food stalls.  

Meals

Meals are not included in the cost of the program.   Volunteers can purchase meals locally from the local cafes and restaurants or cook in the kitchen at the Volunteer accommodation.  Due to the local economy, food costs are very reasonsable.  A good dinner meal would cost between 10-15EUR.  

Transportation

An arrival airport transfer is included in the program fees.   Local transportation will be via public transport for a small local fee paid directly where required however in most cases you will be located in close proxity to the volunteer projects. 

Who can Apply?

Anyone can apply.  This is a ‘raw’ experience with few luxuries and a very challenging set of local circumstances so those with an appreciation for this type of experience are necessary.  

Visa Requirements

It is the responsibility of all participants to obtain any necessary visas.   For the majority of countries, no VISA is required for entry into Greece.

Example Day

Basically each morning 9am you meet the team at the warehouse (there are anywhere between 20-40 volunteers at one time).  You assign yourselves tasks for the day, so for example you can work 4 hours at the Children’s House 10-2pm (collect the children from camp and walk to children’s house – approx 1km), we made the proteins balls (tahini, dates, crushed nuts, coconut) and included in food packs for children, interacted with the kids by reading stories, playing, talking with their Mums who come along too, help provide hot showers for the children, Walk them back to camp. Instead you could work at the Women’s shelter.

At 3-4pm I would provide Tea Service (hot tea given to Refugees) and sometimes food distribution (taking to the family tent). One evening a week you could do boat arrivals, or be on call during the day to do also. You could switch the Children’s House to do food preparation for distribution or not do anything there at all. There are so many projects going on at one time it’s important to do what you feel most connected. You could spend the entire time on one thing or switch around.  On your first day you will spend at the warehouse understanding the fundamentals and doing Hypothermia training and other operational considerations.

 

 

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