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Refugee4Refugees is looking for volunteers for Lesvos and Samos for August and September !

Join us on the island of Lesvos or Samos, Greece . 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.

Since April 2017, we have supported refugees in their desperate journey towards Europe. We are at the forefront of this humanitarian crisis, based on the shores of Lesvos, Greece. Refugee4Refugee founder Omar Alshakal sought to create a non-political organization that addresses the needs and concerns of refugees, while also encouraging fellow asylum seekers to get involved and take the lead in relief efforts.

Omar came as a Syrian refugee to Greece and brings a unique perspective as someone who arrived in Europe in 2014, after swimming for 14 hours from Turkey to Greece. He has seen the weaknesses of the asylum process first hand. Omar started the charity to tackle these challenges head-on. As a former lifeguard, he saw an opportunity to improve boat spotting and landing support. And from that moment R4R was born, a grassroots NGO with many activities on the island o

The minimum age to work with us is  18  years old. Ideally, you hold a driving license and you know how to drive a manual car, as this is extremely useful for our operations.

You must be willing to work long hours, sometimes for days in a row, and sometimes during the night. 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 fulfill these requirements, please think carefully before applying.

The minimum stay is two weeks. 

The activities that R4R runs in 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: R4R’s distribution warehouse aims to simulate a typical clothing store, whereby refugees are able to come inside and choose the items they need and like (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.

Mandala Safe Space for Children: R4R rented a plot of land right next to the Olive Grove, the informal settlement immediately next to Moria Camp, where we run recreational activities with children in Moria. We are currently in the process of building a community center in Mandala and will soon relaunch our educational activities.

Kara Tepe Summer Ice Distribution: During the summer months, volunteers go inside Kara Tepe Hospitality Centre (the second largest refugee camp after Moria) and distribute ice packs door to door to every ISO box in which the families live. This way we make sure that people can safely store their food in their home.

Olive Grove Cleaning: Volunteers clean the Olive Grove of Moria Camp (mainly daily waste) in order to create a better living environment for the people living there.

Beach Cleaning: Volunteers clean different beaches in Mytilene and its vicinity (both daily waste and boat landing waste such as dinghy material and lifejackets) in order to give back to the local community and the environment as a whole.

Upcycling: From time to time, volunteers participate in upcycling projects where we use the material that we collect from beach cleaning (e.g. rubber from refugee boats, life jackets, etc.) to design and create new objects (e.g. bag, wallet, etc.).

The activities that R4R runs in SAMOS 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 rented a plot of land right next to Vathi 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 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.

Do you want to apply? Please go to: https://refugee4refugees.org/volunteer/




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