English Teachers needed in Lesvos and Athens

24. January 2019
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5. December 2019
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Tags: education | Greece: Lesvos | Greece: Central (Athens area) | language | long-term

About us

A Drop in the Ocean is a Norwegian NGO. It was founded in September 2015, and has since then organised almost 6000 volunteers to go to Greece, where the need for help is high. Our purpose is to provide immediate and direct aid to refugees, by coordinating volunteers to travel to our destinations in Greece. Aid workers assist with providing services and activities in the camps and in our communitycentres. The tasks are constantly changing, depending on the needs of the various destinations. We currently operate in four locations around Greece, running projects and services both in and around refugee camps. 

For other volunteering possibilities, please visit https://www.drapenihavet.no/en/volunteer/

The role 

Volunteers with teaching experience are needed in two of our sites across Greece: Lesvos and Skaramagas camp near Athens. Ideally you will be able to commit for at least 4 weeks. You will be responsible for the instruction and facilitation of our daily afternoon English classes to children and adults, dependent on the location. 

Tasks and responsibilities: 

  • Maintain and develop routines for operating classes 
  • Train volunteer staff 
  • Ensure safety procedures are followed 
  • Report weekly to the Coordinator 
  • In cooperation with the  Coordinator, ensure adherence to and instruction of English curriculum, schedule and daily lesson plans 


  • TEFL qualification or equivalent (certificate required)
  • Previous teaching experience (particularly with refugees) is desirable but not essential
  • Comfortable leading an informal classroom environment
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Solution oriented
  • Flexible and adaptive to changing environments and situations
  • Experience with humanitarian work is advantageous
  • Criminal record check is required
  • Fluent English is required. Greek is desirable. Arabic / Kurdish / Farsi / Urdu / French skills advantageous
  • Must be eligible to visit/stay in the EU/Schengen Area. A Drop in the Ocean cannot sponsor visas.

After 8 weeks as a volunteer you will be eligible to apply for a stipend to cover living costs, renewable with every 4 week commitment thereafter. Volunteers are responsible for organising their own transport and accommodation. 

To be considered for the volunteer role of English Teacher, please send your CV and letter of motivation to volunteer@drapenihavet.no marked “English Teacher.” 

Please include your availability and for how long you are able to commit in your application email. 


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