Volunteering at the Youth Group Workshops, Lesvos, Greece
both male and female volunteers accepted (groups only)
Flexible Dates of Your Choice
1. What to Expect
The Youth Group Workshops take place in a classroom in our property, which is located right outside Moria Refugee Camp on Lesvos, Greece – a crisis area where thousands of 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.
We already have a few established programmes on Lesvos. At All4Kids Learning Centre we provide high quality non-formal education to refugee boys and girls between the ages of 7 and 12 who live at Moria Refugee Camp. They attend classes from Monday to Friday and learn English, Maths, Music, Arts and Physical Education. At All4Women Community Centre we provide warm showers, laundry services, medical washes for scabies patients and various activities for women. At Living Timber Project we work with the refugee men to repurpose old pallets into useful pieces of furniture that they can use.
The Youth Group Workshops is a project that focus specifically on teenagers. We give the opportunity for external groups to come and serve these teens for a minimum of one week, providing them with a special programme. That may focus on sports, arts, language courses, scouts activities, life skills, computer classes and other special activities. Your group would have the freedom to influence the design of the programme, in coordination with the appointed All4Aid staff.
The plan for the Youth Group Workshops might be simple, but the work will always be demanding. There will be language barriers and cultural differences. The teens we serve have been through all sorts of ordeals. They are still dealing with it all and they process their experiences in different ways. As a consequence, some behavioural challenges are expected. Our calling, however, remains the same, to show them our love through this special week long programme.
2. What Will You Do
You and your group will provide the refugee teens with a special workshop that your group leader will help design together with the appointed All4Aid staff. Preferably, your workshop should be offered everyday (Monday to Friday) and for a minimum of one week, so that we can deepen our relationships with the teens we serve. The workshops may focus on sports, arts, language courses, scouts activities, life skills, computer classes and other special activities based on your group’s experience and skills. As part of the group, you might perform task such as:
- Organising the promotion and registration for your workshop;
- Assisting with teaching and support the teens while they learn;
- Taking the lead in preparing and leading the activities;
- Helping prepare the snacks and distribute them;
- Welcoming the teens and walk them back to their tents;
- Taking part in the cleaning tasks of the centre;
As an All4Aid short-term volunteer you will serve at least 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 children and their families, 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 and girls can also volunteer when accompanied by one of their parents or an assigned 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 skills and genuine interest in working with teenagers (e.g.: patience, creativity, etc).
4. Financial Contribution
Please note: we request all 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 our workers on a first come, first served basis. It has a living room, one bedroom (twin beds), private bathroom, kitchen and access to an outdoor pool (May-Oct only). We request a donation of 30 € per night (up to 30 nights), 25 € p.n. (31 to 60 nights) and 20 € p.n. (61 to 90 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. Alternatively, Galazio Asteri 1, located 10 minutes from camp is also a good option. 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 both owners 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.