Volunteering at Living Timber Project, Lesvos, Greece
male volunteers only
*Minimum 5 days*
1. What to Expect
Living Timber Project is run in a workshop located right outside Moria Refugee Camp on Lesvos, Greece – a crisis area where more than 15000 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 – click here for photos.
Living Timber Project was established in April 2019 with the intention to reach out to the refugee men living in Moria Camp and provide furniture for their families. Our goal is to provide a friendly environment where refugee men learn and develop woodworking skills while they make friendships and build their confidence and self-esteem .
The daily work in the project consists of collecting used pallets, dismantling them, preparing the pieces of wood (e.g.: sanding, painting) and then using the wood to build pieces of furniture which are useful for the refugees themselves
The model for our work at Living Timber is simple, but the work is not easy. There are language barriers and cultural differences. The men 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 and some challenges are expected. Our calling, however, remains the same, to show love to all and to encourage them as best as we can.
2. What Will You Do
You will support the Living Timber’s operations in any necessary way, as requested by the project coordinator. You will perform tasks such as:
- Helping to set up the workshop everyday;
- Collect and dismantle wooden pallets;
- Prepare the wood (removing nails, sanding, painting);
- Build pieces of furniture with the refugee men;
- Collect and clean tools at the end of the day;
- Build friendship with the refugee men as you work together;
As a short-term volunteer you will serve 5 days per week, up to 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 men, maybe even be invited into their tents for tea, and have the opportunity to see their life in camp.
3. The Volunteers We Need
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old (minor boys can also volunteer when accompanied by one of their parents 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 project volunteers must also have good DIY skills and a genuine interest in working with men.
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 projects 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 your questions, as you consider this opportunity to serve as a volunteer on Lesvos.