REFUGEE4REFUGEES IS LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO START AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
Refugee4Refugees is a non-governmental organization, with no political, religious, or ethnic affiliation that works at the front line of the humanitarian crisis in Greece. Its co-founder, Omar Alshakal was forced to flee his home in Syria because of the civil war and arrived at the island of Kalymnos, Greece, after swimming for 14 hours from the Turkish coast in 2016. He knows first-hand the problems involved in obtaining asylum and is aware of what it is like to create a new life in a country far from the place you called home before losing everything.
Refugee4Refugees aims offer sustainable support, humanitarian assistance and emergency response to migrants from all nationalities who arrive at the shores of Lesvos and Samos seeking asylum in Europe.
Join us as a volunteer on Samos or Lesvos, or you can help remotely. We are always looking for volunteers with varied backgrounds for different roles within our organization. There's no better way to make an impact than to become an active advocate yourself.
While the work is challenging it is also incredibily rewarding!
The activities that R4R runs in Samos and Lesvos include the following:
R4R storage warehouse: Volunteers sort all the clothes and store them in different classified sections in order for them to be sent to the R4R distribution warehouse (called “the R4R shop”) in an organized way in order to facilitate the distribution.
R4R shop: Refugees come to our distribution shop on a daily basis and choose the items they need (mainly clothing and hygiene items). Volunteers assist in this free shopping experience by welcoming people and keeping the system in the shop running and the clothes organized.
Children activities: R4R rents plots of land right next to Vathi Camp and Moria Camp, where we run recreational activities with the children living in the camp.
Olive Grove Cleaning: Volunteers clean the Olive Grove, the informal settlement next to Vathi and Moria Camp, in order to create a better living environment for the people living there.
Tent set up for new arrivals: when refugees arrive to the island of Samos, R4R volunteers assist in setting up the tents for them and providing them with the basic items that they will need during the first weeks of their stay.
You must be willing to work long hours, sometimes for days in a row. And you may be called upon to work these hours at short notice, so you must be flexible to the NGO's needs - the nature of both R4R and the refugee crisis as a whole dictates this, with emergency situations a common occurrence. Furthermore, the work will sometimes be physically or mentally challenging, so you should be confident of being able to cope with such demands. And you must also be capable of taking responsibility for yourself, so you are able to turn up to shifts on time and in a fit state to work. If you are unsure you are able to fulfil these requirements, please think carefully before applying.
If you have any questions you can contact our volunteer coordinator at email@example.com. Our website is currently work in progress but our volunteer application form is up and running so if you are interested in joining us you can apply here https://refugee4refugees.gr/volunteering/ also visit our Facebook page to get a better idea of our projects and the work you will be undertaking https://www.facebook.com/Refugee4Refugees