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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.

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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.



Epirus

Support Volunteer – Female Friendly Space

Summary: Lighthouse Relief is looking for dedicated volunteers to help develop and run its psychosocial activities in the Female Friendly Space. You will help to support the smooth running of our workshops, encouraging women to engage with sessions and actively enjoy what they are doing. Your role is to provide positive and supportive energy. Experience in social work and/or the humanitarian sector is preferred for this role. 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. 

Minimum length of appointment: Three weeks.

Work schedule: Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Location: Filippiada, Epirus.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist the FFS Manager and FFS Activity Facilitator in preparing and leading all activities and workshops of the FFS
  • Motivate and encourage female participants during yoga and dance classes and distribute water
  • Hand out yarn and fabric, keep track of supplies, ensure fair allocation of material to female participants during knitting and sewing sessions
  • Participate in weekly make-up and hairdressing sessions
  • Prepare and clean the FFS before and after activities
  • Welcome women to the space, offer and prepare 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
  • Knowledge of Arabic and/or Kurdish is a strong asset
  • Knowledge and/or experience of the humanitarian sector is an asset
  • International driver’s license

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

Benefits: This position provides valuable experience to anyone with an interest in issues of gender-based violence protection, psychosocial support and forced displacement. This role will allow you to gain field experience working directly with asylum seekers in a challenging humanitarian setting.

Volunteers are highly valued members of the Lighthouse team and contribute significantly to our ability to deliver humanitarian assistance. 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 each 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.

Note: This is a voluntary position and all the costs related to living expenses, transport, and accommodation must be borne by the applicant. 

Support Volunteer – Infant and Young Child Feeding /Mother and Baby Area

Summary: Lighthouse Relief is looking for dedicated volunteers to help develop and run its activities in the Mother and Baby area. You will assist with food distribution and provide vital information on optimal infant and young child feeding practices, nutrition and health. Experience in medicine, nursing and/or midwifery is preferred for this role.

Context: The Mother and Baby area, part of the Infant and Young Child Feeding Program, is a closed-off space for women and adolescent girls that offers a comprehensive package of services for breastfeeding mothers, pregnant women, infants and young children. This includes counseling, optimal infant and young child feeding practices, nutrition and health advice. We provide a breastfeeding area and artificial feeding space, nappy changing, counseling, advice and guidance for pregnant and lactating women, assessment of non-breastfeeding babies, and guidance on complementary feeding of children over 6 months. Our guidelines are based on WHO, Save the Children and UNHCR standards.

Minimum length of appointment: Three weeks.

Minimum age requirement: 23 years old.

Work schedule: Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Location: Filippiada, Epirus.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Prepare lunches with the female residents
  • Identify and refer cases for medical, psychosocial and other support and/or treatment;
  • Assist the daily procurement of fruits and vegetables
  • Arrange and clean the facilities before and after activity sessions
  • Wash feeding bottles and cups
  • Interact actively with all women during the activities of the day
  • Inform residents of various infant and child feeding options

Requirements:

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

Degrees/Certifications: Medicine, Nursery, Midwifery, Social Work, Development Studies, Humanitarian Studies or related disciplines preferred.

Benefits: This position provides valuable experience to anyone with an interest in issues pertaining to infant and young child feeding and forced displacement. This role will allow you to gain field experience working directly with asylum-seekers in a challenging humanitarian setting.

Volunteers are highly valued members of the Lighthouse team and contribute significantly to our ability to deliver humanitarian assistance. 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 each 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.


Central Greece

Support Volunteer – Female Friendly Space

Summary: Lighthouse Relief is looking for dedicated volunteers to support the Activity Facilitator and Community Outreach Leader in carrying out the psychosocial activities and community outreach sessions of the Female Friendly Space. 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. No formal training is required for this role, but an interest in women and gender issues is essential. 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: Three weeks. 

Minimum age requirement: 23 years old.

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 and FFS Activity Facilitator 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
  • International driver’s license
  • Knowledge of Arabic and/or Kurdish is a strong asset
  • Knowledge and/or experience of the humanitarian sector is an asset
  • International driver’s license.

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

Benefits: This position provides valuable experience to anyone with an interest in issues of gender-based violence protection, psychosocial support and forced displacement. This role will allow you to gain field experience working directly with asylum-seekers in a challenging humanitarian setting.

Volunteers are highly valued members of the Lighthouse team and significantly impact our ability to deliver humanitarian assistance. 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.

Activity Facilitator – Child Friendly Space

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Summary: Lighthouse Relief is looking for a motivated long-term Activity Facilitator volunteer leader to help develop and run the activities of the Child Friendly Space. The Activity Facilitator is the acting manager of the space when the CFS Animator is not present. You will facilitate the smooth running of a range of psychosocial support activities while providing company to vulnerable children. Experience in animation and formal or non-formal education is preferred for this role.

Context: Lighthouse’s Child Friendly Space (CFS) is a closed-off area that provides a safe environment for children aged 3-6. Our CFS offers a space where the unique needs of children are met through play, informal education, and other psychosocial support activities encouraging them to socialize, learn, and express themselves. The CFS is one of Lighthouse Relief’s key programmes designed to protect children from physical harm and psychosocial distress, and to help them continue learning and developing both during and after the emergency.

Minimum length of appointment: Two months

Minimum age requirement: 23 years old

Work schedule: Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: Ritsona, Central Greece

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the CFS Animator in leading a team of volunteers in charge of facilitating psychosocial support activities in the CFS
  • Take the lead in activities when the CFS Animator is absent
  • 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
  • Assist the CFS Animator in accompanying the children back to their homes at the end of the day

Requirements:

  • Good command of English
  • Previous work experience with children, particularly in a multicultural context
  • Self-motivated and energetic
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize different objectives
  • Ability to cultivate enthusiasm and motivate others, especially children
  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Works well under minimal supervision
  • Knowledge of Arabic and/or Kurdish is a strong asset
  • Experience in the humanitarian sector is preferred
  • Knowledge and/or experience of the humanitarian sector is an asset
  • International driver’s license

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

Benefits: This position provides valuable experience to anyone with an interest in issues of child protection, psychosocial support and forced displacement. This role will allow you to improve your leadership abilities and gain field experience by working directly with asylum-seekers in a humanitarian setting.

Volunteers are highly valued members of the Lighthouse team and significantly impact our ability to deliver humanitarian assistance. 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.

Note: This is a voluntary position and all the costs related to living expenses, transport, and accommodation must be borne by the applicant.

To apply:

  1. Fill in our online form and submit copies of your resume and cover letter through our online platform.
  2. A member of our HR team will get in touch with you promptly to schedule an interview and assess your application further.
  3. If you are selected you will need to complete our comprehensive online course on Basic Humanitarian Principles and submit the related certificate along with our signed Terms of Reference, Code of Conduct, Volunteer Agreement and flight details.

Support Volunteer – Child Friendly Space

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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. 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 3-6. 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: Three weeks.

Minimum age requirement: 23 years old.

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
  • Prepare snacks for children.

Requirements:

  • Good command of English
  • Experience working or interacting with children, especially in a multicultural context
  • Experience in non-formal education is an asset
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to adapt
  • Experience of social work or case management 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
  • International driver’s license

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

Benefits: This position provides valuable experience to anyone with an interest in issues of child protection, psychosocial support and forced displacement. It will allow you to gain field experience by working directly with asylum-seekers in a challenging humanitarian setting.

Volunteers are highly valued members of the Lighthouse team and significantly impact our ability to deliver humanitarian assistance. 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.

Admin Volunteer – Child Protection/Child Friendly Space

Summary: Lighthouse Relief is looking for an Admin Volunteer to support the Child Protection Officer (CPO) and Child Friendly Space (CFS) in their administrative responsibilities. You will perform a range of administrative, office and research support functions to facilitate the provision of child protection services, and assist the CPO in expanding Lighthouse’s capacity to deal with protection issues and cases. Experience in child protection, social work and/or case management is preferred for this role. 

Context: Child Protection in Emergencies is based on the prevention of and response to abuse, neglect, exploitation of and violence against children in emergencies. Lighthouse Relief identifies and refers child protection issues and cases using the Minimum Standards for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action. The objective of Child Protection programme is to guarantee that children receive the humanitarian assistance necessary for their safety and wellbeing.

Minimum length of appointment: Two months.

Minimum age requirement: 23 years old.

Work schedule: Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Location: Ritsona, Central Greece.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Design and improve surveys, databases, registration forms, and other feedback mechanisms
  • Organize and file child registration surveys filled everyday by the CFS Animator
  • Conduct research and draft reports on various topics, including in-camp child protection issues and trends across Greece
  • Support the CPO in all aspects of case management, advocacy, outreach and protection assessment
  • Participate in the development of new training materials for volunteers

Requirements:

  • Excellent working knowledge of the Microsoft Suite
  • Experience of working in an office environment
  • Prior experience or background in child protection issues, social work or case management is preferred
  • Attention to detail
  • Good communication and writing skills
  • Good command of English
  • Experience working in a multicultural environment
  • International driver's license

Degrees/Certifications: Social Work, Human Rights, Humanitarian Aid, Protection, International Relations, Law, Psychology preferred.

Benefits: This position provides valuable experience to anyone with an interest in issues of child protection and forced displacement. This role will allow you to improve your administrative skills and gain child protection experience by working on the management of cases in a challenging humanitarian setting.

Volunteers are highly valued members of the Lighthouse team and significantly impact our ability to deliver humanitarian assistance. 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.

Construction Volunteer – Construction Unit

Summary: Lighthouse Relief is looking for a skilled Construction Volunteer to support the Construction Manager in all aspects of basic in-camp construction work. You will work with volunteers and residents on various construction projects, deal with unexpected problems and keep our facilities in excellent condition. Minimal construction skills and/or manual work experience are required for this role.

Context: The Construction Unit (CU) is primarily responsible for the development and maintenance of Lighthouse’s facilities in the communal areas, taking into account the specific needs of disabled people and minorities. The unit also contributes to the development and maintenance of the facilities of other on-site organizations.

Minimum length of appointment: Three weeks

Minimum age requirement: 23 years old

Work schedule: Monday to Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Location: Ritsona, Central Greece

Key Responsibilities:

  • Build structures (fences, walls, ramps) and furniture (tables, chairs) for Lighthouse Relief spaces
  • Set up basic electric and plumbing systems for Lighthouse Relief facilities
  • Paint and repair broken-down or deteriorated facilities
  • Install locks and bars on doors and windows
  • Support the Construction Coordinator in keeping inventory
  • Ensure that the construction workshop remains clean and organized

Requirements:

  • Experience of manual labour and ability to work with simple construction tools
  • Working knowledge of English
  • Flexibility and desire to support where needed
  • Self-motivated and energetic
  • Problem solving skills
  • Physically fit
  • Works well in a multicultural environment
  • Knowledge of refugee issues is an asset
  • Knowledge of Arabic and/or Kurdish is an asset
  • International driver’s license

Benefits: This position provides valuable experience to anyone with an interest in gaining manual work and field experience by working directly with asylum-seekers in a challenging humanitarian setting.

Volunteers are highly valued members of the Lighthouse team and significantly impact our ability to deliver humanitarian assistance. 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.


Lesvos

Support Volunteer – Emergency Response, Beach Clean-Up and Camp Management

Summary: Lighthouse Relief is looking for dedicated volunteers to support its Emergency Relief, Korakas Night Watch, Eco Relief and Upcycling activities on Lesvos. No formal training is required for this role, but physically fitness is essential. 

Context: Lighthouse’s camp on Lesvos is 8km by sea from Turkey. This makes Lesvos a regular entry point for refugees into Europe. The situation is always uncertain but our volunteers form small teams and work in 24-hour shifts to provide landing assistance. After the initial landing, Lighthouse identifies medical cases and unaccompanied children, and provides emergency response, first aid, shelter and care at the First Reception Camp. As part of its effort to assist landings, our volunteers conduct night watch operations from the Korakas lighthouse. These shifts run every night from 1 AM to 7 AM.

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 Lighthouse Relief mission is to support residents in the clean up of the island and find solutions for the environmental problems that have struck the natural habitat and local community. Most days, members of the ECO Relief team venture out to the remote shores of Lesvos to clear them of discarded rubber dinghies, life jackets and general waste. Useful materials are then set aside for up-cycling.

Minimum length of appointment: None

Minimum age requirement: 23 years old

Work schedule: Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM / Night watches: 1:00 AM to 7:00 AM.

Location: Skala Sikamineas, Lesvos (Greece).

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the ECO Relief project by retrieving discarded dinghies, life jackets and other debris
  • Explore the surrounding area by climbing, hiking and lifting during our ECO Relief excursions
  • Maintain the camp, care for equipment
  • Participate in our Upcycling initiative
  • Be on call for emergency reception during boat landings
  • Join the 9-hour nightly watch for crossing boats

Requirements:

  • Physically fit
  • Good command of English
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to adapt
  • Knowledge of Arabic and/or Kurdish is a strong asset
  • Flexibility and willingness to support where needed
  • Works well in a multicultural environment
  • Self-motivated and energetic
  • Knowledge and/or experience of the humanitarian sector is an asset
  • International driver’s license

Benefits: This position provides valuable experience to anyone with an interest in gaining field experience by working directly with asylum-seekers in a challenging humanitarian setting.

Volunteers are highly valued members of the Lighthouse team and significantly impact our ability to deliver humanitarian assistance. 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.