Serving at Food Distribution at Moria Refugee Camp
* One Week Minimum Volunteering Time *
** Male & Female Volunteers Welcome **
1. What to Expect
The Moria Refugee Camp in Lesvos, Greece, is a crisis area where more than 8000 refugees live in a space planned for 2000 people and a sewer system made for 800 people. There you will see refugee families, individuals and children living in very challenging conditions click here for photos.
Various NGOs help with the management of the camp, assisting refugees from the time they arrive and throughout their stay (which normally lasts a few years). All4Aid, together with REMAR SOS, is responsible to handle the distribution of food for ci. 3000 women and children everyday, three meals per day.
Other than refugees NGO workers, you will see in the camp some doctors, lawyers, UN workers, police officers and Greek soldiers (the refugee camp is set in a military compound).
2. What Will You Do
You will be mainly helping with the distribution of food for women & children at Moria Camp. The specific tasks would include:
- Organising the refugees in lines / queues;
- Unloading the boxes of food and parcels of water bottles;
- Assembling the various food items into individual food packs / food bags;
- Helping to secure the gate giving access to, and the area around, the food distribution cage;
- Passing on the food packs to the refugee women and children.
Depending on the length of your stay and on our current needs, you may also be asked / given the opportunity to:
- Support special activities (e.g.: children’s recreational programmes) that might be happening at the Food Distribution Tent (in between meals);
- Support any activities or practical work being done at our Centre for Refugee Women & Children, located right outside Moria Refugee Camp;
- Help with sorting out clothes and other non-food items at the warehouse;
- Participate and help to organise a regular “tea-time” event for refugees outside the camp (serving tea, cleaning, seating with and talking to refugees, etc).
The work is not glamorous. You will be there to serve (6 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 refugees, 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 (a legal requirement to access the camp), speak good English, be financially independent (able to cover their own costs for travel, accommodation and meals) and 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.
4. Financial Contribution
100 EUR for short-term volunteers (serving up to one month)
150 EUR for mid-term volunteers (serving up to three months)
Long-term volunteers serving for more than three months and raising personal support are encouraged to give a monthly donation of 10% of their raised support / income.
Please note: All4Aid does not demand a payment from those serving with us. We simply request volunteers serving with us to make a donation to All4Aid, with such funds being utilised for the benefit of the refugees we serve together.
5. Your Flights
Volunteers should make their own arrangements of flights to Lesvos (Mytilene Airport).
Volunteers 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 All4Aid volunteers.
7. Local Transportation
Volunteers are responsible to organise their own transportation within the island. The use of public transport is NOT recommended as it is very unreliable. Those who have a driver’s license and would like to be more independent, may want to rent a car. Those who do not have a driver’s license and/or want to save money, may want to take a taxi from the airport to the accommodation and then participate in the costs of car sharing with our long term workers to ride to/from work each day (4 € per day).
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.