VOLUNTEER WITH REFUGEES
We rely on people who can spend time working closely with refugees to help them rebuild their lives with dignity.
We currently work in Cyprus, where our Dignity Centre in Nicosia city centre is offering an ever expanding range of services that really help. There are about 25,000 refugees in Cyprus – the highest number per capita in Europe – and with very little support. They need you to help.
We have space from the end of January 2020 and booking in people for 2-4 weeks until March 2020. We only book volunteers in about 3-4 months in advance so we remain flexible. You can apply now here.
After nearly 4 years, over 750 people, from 40 nations, aged up to 78 years old have worked with us as volunteers in Greece, Bangladesh, Mexico and now Cyprus. They have worked in some of the most challenging circumstances, so we know how you can be effective and how to look after your welfare.
WHAT’S IT LIKE VOLUNTEERING FOR REFUGEE SUPPORT?
Volunteering is about doing what is best for the members of the Centre, but you will find it extremely rewarding. To find out more about what it’s like, read our volunteer stories.
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. Please apply – you will not regret it.
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Things on the ground can change quite quickly, as we try to do what is 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.
The Dignity Centre has a lot of activities that all need volunteers to prepare: checking people in, helping with their enquiries, preparing the resources, playing with the kids and spending time with the members. If you are any good with a sewing machine or a bicycle that is great but you do not need to have any specific knowledge.
Our fantastic Co-ordinator Paula and her brilliant team will show you what to do!
We aim to improve the livelihoods and outcomes for refugees by prioritising dignity and cooperation. Our job is simply to make the resources of the centre available and ensure they are getting what they need.
ARE THERE ANY COSTS INVOLVED?
There are many accommodation options and we have some safe and comfortable volunteer apartments that will cost just €10 per night. There are many cheap flights to Larnaca and Pathos on Cyprus.
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?
After completing the application, you will get an email reply (check your spam folder) asking you to fix a time to talk to one of our Volunteer Interviewers. Reply to the email to let the Interviewers know when you can have a video chat with one of them and they will be able to let you know more.