VOLUNTEERING TO SUPPORT REFUGEES
We rely on people who can spend time help us deliver aid with dignity to refugees. It is an unforgettable experience, you will be doing good from the moment you arrive and all you need is two things: a ready smile and a willingness to work as part of a team.
In Greece, we need people to come and volunteer from the end of June and we have space until the end of August (volunteering for between 2-4 weeks). Please apply – it will be an unforgettable experience. We will open up more opportunities from September as they become available.
In Cyprus, we have a new project that we have prepared in April and we have started serving refugees in Nicosia since the end of the April. We will need volunteers to go to Cyprus and will open up more opportunities for August to September when the project has settled in (volunteering for between 1-4 weeks).
WHAT’S IT LIKE VOLUNTEERING FOR REFUGEE SUPPORT?
Volunteering on a refugee camp is about doing what is best for the people on the camp, but you will find it extremely rewarding. To find out more about what it’s like, read our volunteer stories or watch these videos:
WHICH CAMPS DOES REFUGEE SUPPORT WORK AT?
We work at a number of camps, and you can find out more about them here and via regular updates on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. We currently work all week in Katsikas and deliver once a month to LM Village and Doliana. This thorough guide about Katsikas camp will give you a good idea of what it was like in April 2018. Things have changed a little but you will see how we work. There is a clear system so you will be able to get started straight away with responsibilities.
We have a new project in Cyprus (April 2019). We are setting up a community centre and a dignity cafe in Nicosia and so need practical people who want to help run the services at those locations. We are regularly updating this document so you can see how that is developing.
Things on the ground can change quite quickly, as we try to go where we are needed while offering consistency and reliability.
DO I NEED ANY SPECIAL SKILLS TO VOLUNTEER?
No! All you need is a ready smile and a willingness to get involved with whatever is needed. We do ask you to volunteer for a minimum of two and a maximum of four weeks.
ARE THERE ANY COSTS INVOLVED?
You will need to fund your own travel and accommodation (between €20 to €40 a day depending on the accommodation options). We have even more love for volunteers who can raise money for supplies! You will need to set up a fundraising page before you come but we do not ask for any minimum amount. Any funds you raise will make a difference.
HOW DO I APPLY TO VOLUNTEER WITH REFUGEE SUPPORT?
If you would like to volunteer with us, please read the Code-of-Conduct and our Safeguarding Policy (both important documents), before completing our Volunteer Agreement and Application. One of our team will then ask you to a Skype interview to let you know more.
We aim to improve the livelihoods and outcomes for refugees by prioritising dignity and cooperation. In order to do so, we strongly believe in the need to adhere to high professional and ethical standards.
Please be aware that all visitors to the camps can be refused entry unless they register in advance with us or one of the other NGOs.
VOLUNTEER IN BANGLADESH
At the beginning of December, we started to support a camp in Bangladesh, near Cox’s Bazar. We quickly made a difference but like all organisations there, we are being defeated by bureaucratic hoops. At the moment, restrictions are making it impossible to operate there so we are not able to consider any volunteers until the situation changes.