Volunteering at All4Kids Community Centre, Lesvos, Greece
both male and female volunteers accepted
*Minimum 2 weeks*
1. What to Expect
All4Kids Learning Centre is located near the Mavrovouni Refugee Camp (Moria 2.0) on Lesvos, Greece – a crisis area where more than 7.000 refugees currently live. The camp lacks the basic structure to accommodate so many people, which forces individuals, families and children to live in extremely challenging conditions.
All4Kids Learning Centre was established in 2019 in response to the lack of education for the thousands of refugee children living in the former Moria Camp. It was intended as a safe environment to provide educational activities for children while preparing them to be active learners in a global society.
Following the fire that burned Moria Camp to the ground in September 2020 and the relocation of refugees to the new Mavrovouni Camp on Lesvos, we leased a new building and relocated our All4Kids Learning Centre to be within walking distance of the new camp.
At All4Kids we are able to offer high quality non-formal education to up to 150 refugee boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 12 who live in camp. They attend classes from Monday to Friday either from 9:00 to 12:00 or from 13:00 to 16:00 (pre-COVID). At All4Kids they learn English, Maths, Music, Arts and Physical Education. The teaching takes place in a comfortable and well equipped setting (purpose built classrooms). Classes are offered free of charge and the children are provided with everything they need to study: school materials, uniform, snacks, etc.
The model developed for our work at All4Kids Learning Centre is simple, but the work is demanding. There are language barriers and cultural differences. The children we serve have been through all sorts of ordeals. They are still dealing with it all and they all process their experiences in different ways. As a consequence, some behavioural challenges are expected. Our calling, however, remains the same, to show love to all and to teach them as best as we can.
2. What Will You Do
You will support the All4Kids’s operations in any necessary way, as requested by the centre’s coordinator (head teacher). You will perform tasks such as:
- Assist with teaching and support the children while they do their class work;
- Take the lead in preparing and teaching PE and arts activities;
- Help prepare the snacks, distribute them, and clean up;
- Welcome the children and walk them back to their tents;
As a short-term volunteer you will serve 5 days per week, 8 hours per day. You will work alongside a wonderful team of people who have the same heart to serve those in need. You will be able to meet and talk to refugee children and their families.
3. The Volunteers We Need
Volunteers must be:
- at least 18 years old (minor girls can also volunteer when accompanied by their mothers or an assigned responsible person / guardian);
- able to communicate in English and
- be financially independent (able to cover their own costs for travel, accommodation and meals).
Volunteers must also display the following characteristics:
- Team Player: working well with others and thinking more of the team’s good than of personal preference;
- Flexible: willing to make adjustments – and have adjustments made for them – joyfully;
- Teachable: open to learn and be taught new things with a positive and responsive attitude;
- Compassionate: caring deeply in a tangible way for the needs of those around them;
- Respectful: showing dignity to those whom they serve and those whom they serve with;
- Encouraging: intentionally uplifting and building up those around them with their words and actions.
For this particular programme volunteers must also have good skills and genuine interest in working with children (e.g.: patience, creativity, etc.).
4. Financial Contribution
Please note: All4Aid does not demand a payment from those volunteering with us. We simply request volunteers to make a donation to All4Aid, with such funds being utilised in our programme for the benefit of the refugees we serve.
5. Your Flights
Volunteers should make their own arrangements of flights to Lesvos (Mytilene Airport).
All4Aid has a fully furnished apartment that we make available for volunteers on a first come first served basis. It has a living room, one bedroom (twin beds), private bathroom, A/C, kitchen and access to an outdoor pool (May-Oct only). For the stay, we request a donation of 30 € p.n. (min. 5 nights), 25 € per night (min. 30 nights) and 20 € p.n. (min. 60 nights).
Volunteers coming as part of a large team should make their own arrangements for accommodation. We recommend Victoria & Aella Studios in Panagiouda, a village located 5 minutes drive from the camp/centre. Each studio has its own bathroom with towels and hairdryer available for guests. The studios are fitted with air conditioner / heating, oven, stovetop, kitchenware, kettle, washing machine and a fridge. We can give you a direct contact to the owner for a special price for teams serving with All4Aid.
7. Local Transportation
The use of public transport on Lesvos is NOT recommended as it is very unreliable.
Individual volunteers staying in Panagiouda who do not have a driver’s license and/or want to save money, may want to take a taxi to/from the airport on their arrival/departure date and then participate in the costs of car sharing with our long term workers, riding with them to/from work each day (5 € per day).
Large volunteer teams, as well as individual volunteers who have a driver’s license and would like to be more independent, are encouraged to rent their own car car. We Recommend AutoUnion (right outside the airport) as they give special prices for those serving with All4Aid.
Volunteers are responsible to organise their own meals.
Ready to apply? Click on the link below to fill out the application form.
Still have questions? Please, don’t hesitate to contact us. We will be glad to answer you, as you consider this opportunity to serve as a volunteer in Lesvos.