BECOME A VOLUNTEER

Every day, hundreds of refugees across Greece benefit from the hard work and commitment of dedicated volunteers who, like you, are keen to give some of their time towards helping others.

Volunteers are vital to our operations. From boat rescue teams in Lesvos to psychosocial support in Central Greece, our team of outstanding volunteers allows us to keep providing our essential services where they are needed the most.

Volunteering with Lighthouse Relief can also be an extremely rewarding experience for you, as it gives you the opportunity to interact with other dedicated volunteers from different backgrounds, develop professionally and acquire skills relevant to careers in various fields.

These positions provide valuable experience to anyone with an interest in issues of protection, psychosocial support and forced displacement. Volunteering with Lighthouse Relief will allow you to gain field experience working directly with asylum-seekers in a challenging humanitarian setting.

We provide volunteers with a comprehensive basic induction at the start of their placement to ensure that they possess all the information necessary to carry out their role. We also provide volunteers with a letter of recommendation at the end of their placement to show our appreciation for the skills and experience that they have brought to the organization.

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Lighthouse works with teams of highly driven volunteers in various operations across Greece. Opportunities for engagement vary based on location and programme.

The selection process for Lighthouse volunteers takes into account each applicant’s skillset and specific programme needs. Applying to a posted position does not guarantee that there will be an available opportunity in your preferred location.

Please note that volunteers are unpaid and all the costs related to living expenses, transport, and accommodation must be borne by the applicant. We do not charge any fee for our placements. Please also note that all applicants must be 23 years of age at the time of their application and that we can only process your application up to 3 months prior to your expected date of arrival. We reserve the right to re-direct your application when our staffing needs have already been met in a specific geographical location or programme.

All positions are open until they are filled and removed from our website on a rolling basis. If you are interested in applying for a given position, please read through our list of available roles and be sure to follow the instructions below:

  1. Click on “Apply”.
  2. Fill in our online form and follow instructions to submit copies of your resume and cover letter.
  3. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview and receive further information about the hiring process.

Please refrain from contacting members of our recruitment team with unsolicited queries. Applications that do not meet the above requirements will not be considered.



Central Greece

Female Friendly Space (FFS) Volunteer

Summary: Lighthouse Relief is looking for dedicated volunteers to support the psychosocial activities and community outreach sessions of the Female Friendly Space (FFS). You will conduct morning visits to the homes and social spaces of the residents to provide them with information on daily FFS activities and foster healthy relationships between our organization and the community. Once community outreach sessions are over, you will undertake various tasks to facilitate the smooth running of our workshops, while encouraging women to actively engage in sessions and enjoy the activities. Your role is to provide positive, supportive energy. Prior experience with animation or working with vulnerable women is a distinct asset.

Context: Lighthouse’s Female Friendly Space (FFS) is an area reserved for women and adolescent girls that offers privacy and promotes a safe, communal environment removed from many of the hardships of camp life. Our FFS provides an approachable access point for information on gender-based violence, protection and response and sexual reproductive health. It also hosts psychosocial support activities including: handicraft, knitting, sewing, yoga, dance, stretching, food, drinks, manicure, hand massage, henna and gardening. By building trust and respect between the residents and Lighthouse Relief, we are better positioned to identify and respond to gender-based violence protection concerns. 

Community outreach is a key component of Lighthouse’s gender-based violence prevention and protection strategy. It enables us to build trust and forge relationships with members of the community while facilitating the identification of vulnerable residents through daily visits to their homes and spaces. Community outreach sessions make residents feel welcome to the Female Friendly Space (FFS) where they have access to a safe and healing environment.

Minimum length of appointment: Four weeks.
Minimum age requirement: 23
Work schedule: Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Location: Ritsona, Central Greece.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Make daily visits to the camp to provide information on the FFS activities of the day
  • Assist the FFS Manager in preparing and leading all FFS activities and workshops
  • Look after the collective garden and involve female participants in its upkeep
  • Motivate and encourage female participants during yoga and dance classes and distribute water
  • Hands out yarn and fabric, keep track of supplies, ensure fair allocation of material to female participants during knitting and sewing sessions
  • Participate in manicure, hand massages, and henna sessions on weekly “Spa Day”
  • Prepare and clean up the Female Friendly Space before and after activities
  • Welcome women to the space, offer and prepare them tea, coffee and other refreshments
  • Engage with the residents in a sensitive and culturally appropriate manner

Requirements:

  • Female applicants only;
  • Experience in the humanitarian sector preferred
  • Experience working with vulnerable women or children preferred
  • Good command of English
  • Self-motivated and energetic
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize different objectives
  • Ability to cultivate enthusiasm and motivate others
  • Strong leadership skills
  • Knowledge of Arabic and/or Kurdish is a strong asset
  • Driver’s license

Degrees/Certifications: Social Work, Psychology, Education, Social Sciences, Political Science, Development Studies, Humanitarian Studies, Anthropology, Gender Studies or related disciplines preferred.


YOUTH ENGAGEMENT SPACE (YES) VOLUNTEER

Summary: Lighthouse Relief is looking for dedicated volunteers to support the youth engagement efforts of LHR.

Context: Youth Ritsona is a drop-in center, with an emphasis on arts based activities, for young people between the ages of 16-25 welcoming all genders, religions, and ethnicities. The space is open from 11:00-17:00, Monday through Saturday.

The drop in centre offers a safe space where young camp residents can benefit from peer support, engage in meaningful conversations or simply come to find respite from camp life and carry forward their own independent projects. It is our belief that, by helping them to retain a sense of purpose and cultivating a participative atmosphere, we are strengthening their competences and providing them with the tools they need to become active members of any community, ultimately aiding them in enhancing their skills so as to enter the labour market or further their education.

Minimum length of appointment: Four weeks
Minimum age requirement: 23
Work schedule: Monday to Saturday (5 days maximum), 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, occasional evenings
Location: Ritsona, Central Greece

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Youth Engagement Officer in preparing and leading all YES activities and workshops
  • Conduct Outreach within the camp as needed
  • Prepare for workshops and help maintain organization of YES supplies as needed
  • Motivate and encourage youth participants during workshops and drop-in hours
  • Welcome youth to the space, and facilitate a sense of ownership and empowerment to attendees
  • Engage with the youth in a sensitive and culturally appropriate manner

Requirements:

  • Experience in the humanitarian sector preferred 
  • Experience working with vulnerable youth preferred
  • Knowledge of creative modes of interacting with young people
  • Knowledge of mental health is an asset
  • Ability to set firm boundaries
  • Ability to inspire autonomy and initiative whilst working with youth
  • Good command of English
  • Self-motivated and energetic
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize different objectives
  • Ability to cultivate enthusiasm and motivate others
  • Driver’s license
  • Knowledge of Arabic and/or Kurdish is a strong asset.

Degrees/Certifications: Social Work, Psychology, Education, Social Sciences, Political Science, Development Studies, Humanitarian Studies, Anthropology or related disciplines preferred.


CHILD FRIENDLY SPACE (CFS) VOLUNTEER

Summary: Lighthouse Relief is looking for dedicated volunteers to support the Activity Facilitator in delivering a varied programme of psychosocial activities in the Child Friendly Space (CFS). You will undertake various artistic tasks and games while encouraging children to actively participate in sessions and enjoy themselves. No formal training is required for this role, but an interest in working with young children is essential. Prior experience with animation and formal or non-formal education is a distinct asset.

Context: Lighthouse’s Child Friendly Space (CFS) is a closed-off area that provides a safe environment for children aged 3-5. It is a space where the unique needs of children are met through play, informal education, and other psychosocial support activities for children to socialize, learn, and express themselves. The CFS is one of Lighthouse Relief’s key programmes geared at protecting children from physical harm and psychosocial distress, and helping them to continue to learn and develop both during and after the emergency.

Minimum length of appointment: Four weeks
Minimum age requirement: 23
Work schedule: Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Location: Ritsona, Central Greece

Key Responsibilities:

  • Participate and actively interact with all children during the days’ activities
  • Arrange and clean the facilities before and after sessions
  • Prepare material for art and craft activities
  • Organize shelf with name tags for the children
  • Participate actively in the design of new psychosocial activities for vulnerable children
  • Identify and report any protection issue to the attention of the CFS Animator or Child Protection Officer
  • Design and improve surveys, databases, registration forms, and other feedback mechanisms
  • Assist the CFS Animator in accompanying the children back to their homes at the end of the day
  • Prepare snacks for children

Requirements:

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  •  Good command of English
  • Relevant experience working or interacting with children, especially in a multicultural context
  • Understanding of childhood trauma is a distinct asset
  • Experience in non-formal education is an asset
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to adapt
  • Experience with social work is a strong asset
  • Knowledge of Arabic and/or Kurdish is a strong asset
  • Self-motivated and energetic
  • Ability to cultivate enthusiasm and motivate others, especially children
  • Knowledge and/or experience of the humanitarian sector is an asset
  • Driver’s license

Degrees/Certifications: Social Work, Psychology, Education, Social Sciences, Political Science, Development Studies, Humanitarian Studies, Anthropology, Gender Studies or related disciplines preferred.


Lesvos

Emergency Response, Transit Camp & Spotting

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Lighthouse Relief is looking for dedicated volunteers to support its Emergency Response, Eco Relief, and Upcycling activities on Lesvos. No formal training is required for these roles, but physical fitness is essential. We have a minimum age requirement of 23 years old for all of our projects.

Lighthouse Relief's transit camp on Lesvos is 8km by sea from Turkey. This makes Lesvos a regular entry point for refugees into Europe. Our emergency response volunteers form small teams and work in 24-hour shifts to provide landing assistance and spotting for boat crossings. After the initial landing, Lighthouse Relief provides basic humanitarian assistance, including providing snacks and water, and identifying medical cases and unaccompanied children. We then transport people to nearby transit camps where we provide new arrivals with food, clothing and a place to rest. In addition to emergency response, our spotting teams watch the sea for 21 hours a day as part of our effort to ensure the safe landing of boats.

For our emergency response, transit camp and spotting operations, we are looking for volunteers who:

  • Can volunteer for a minimum of three weeks

  • Have a good command of English. Knowledge of Arabic, Farsi, French, Urdu or Dari is a strong asset

  • Are physically fit

  • Have strong interpersonal skills and are adaptable to provide support where needed

  • Work well in a multicultural environment

Additionally, volunteers with a driver’s license and experience of driving a manual car on dirt roads, a medical background or experience in emergency response are highly sought after.

We are no longer accepting applications for June and July.

 

ECO Relief

Our ECO Relief project works to clean Lesvos’ beaches of refuse left by boat landings. Since the start of 2015, more than 600,000 life jackets and 10,000 rubber dinghies have been discarded on the shores of Lesvos. An important mission of Lighthouse Relief is to support residents in the clean up of the island and find solutions to the associated environmental problems. Most days, the Eco Relief team venture out to the remote beaches of Lesvos to clear them of discarded rubber dinghies, life jackets and general waste. Useful materials are then set aside for upcycling.

We are looking for volunteers who are physically fit and enjoy hiking in rough terrain.

There is no minimum time commitment to volunteer with the ECO Relief Project. We also highly appreciate it when volunteers rent 4x4 vehicles to assist in operations.

 

Upcycling

As of spring 2016, we have started upcycling materials collected during beach cleaning. Lighthouse Relief is committed to expanding upcycling activities by engaging and creating a source of income for refugees. We run sewing, weaving, jewelry design and other craft workshops for refugees. We use dinghy and life jacket material to create bags, wallets, toys and other accessories.

We are looking for volunteers who:

  • Have a background or experience relevant to the Upcycling project (sewing, weaving, crafts, jewelry, printing, design, etc.)

  • Can volunteer for a minimum of three weeks

  • Will contribute to the creative growth of the project (product design, product improvement, etc.)

  • Are willing to work with and tutor refugees in craft-related activities

  • Will support tailors with technical guidance, design ideas, and production

  • Will facilitate the workflow, rather than produce upcycled goods

  • Are self-motivated and will take initiative in further developing the project

  • Have a good command of English or Greek