vacant POSITIONs:

Apart from the skilled volunteers we are looking for described in the texts below, we are also looking to expand our team with: 

  • Midwives, IYCF specialists and Nutritionists

To see all the position announcements, please click here!
For all other volunteering opportunities, please read through this page.


skilled long term volunteers:

To volunteer with Lighthouse Relief in mainland Greece you need to be over 23 years old and stay for a minimum period of 3 weeks. Our volunteer programs in all locations are now full for this summer and we only receive applications from September and forward. In our operations in the camps on mainland Greece, we are only in need for skilled, longer term volunteers. We mainly look for people with language skills (Arabic, Kurdish, Farsi/Dari and Greek) or a background in children's care, women's care, teaching, social work, protection, infant feeding, nutrition, construction, communication, obstretics, gynecology and midwives. 

As the situation has changed from an emergency setting to a permanent situation where people are stranded rather than arriving, we are not in need for general short term volunteers anymore on the mainland. If you want to volunteer for a shorter period or don't have any of the special skills mentioned, please scroll down to volunteering on Lesvos. Please be aware that we receive more e-mails than we have time to answer. Make sure you read through this web page before e-mailing questions, as the answers are often found here. 

Volunteering in the camps can be highly frustrating as people are stranded without any clear information about their future and there is sometimes tension in the communities. Days can feel very slow and it can be difficult to see the bad conditions the camps are in outside our areas of responsibilities, without Lighthouse Relief or our volunteers being able to or having the authority to change it. Do not expect an emergency setting, but an environment where we patiently work together to improve the situation and the services we give.

The reply to your volunteer application can take up to 7 days. If you get accepted into our volunteer program, you will also need to take an online course in humanitarian response before your arrival and sign our code of conduct.

Here are the answers to your most frequently asked questions about volunteering with the different operations, how to join and how best to prepare. This page provides information about:
1. Volunteering in Katsikas refugee camp.
2. Volunteering in Ritsona refugee camp.
3. Volunteering on Lesvos.
If you are uncertain about what operation will be the best fit for you, please read through it all.


1. Volunteering in Katsikas refugee camp.

1. AM I NEEDED?

We have a team of staff volunteers on site with a background in the specific areas we work with. Our volunteer program is full for the summer except for medical volunteers but we welcome skilled volunteers to apply to join from September if you have a background in:

  • Children's care (especially focused on troubled or traumatised children)
  • Women's care
  • Teaching (especially female English teachers)
  • Social work
  • Protection
  • Infant feeding
  • Nutrition
  • Construction
  • Language (Arabic, Farsi/Dari, Kurdish, and especially Greek)
  • Communication (photo/video/text)
  • Medical work (please look at volunteering in Ritsona for more info)

We also want to receive applications from people wanting to fund and/or work with specific leisure or school activities that would be suitable for our Communal Spaces.

2. HOW DO I JOIN?

You will need to fill out The Lighthouse Volunteer Program - Registration Form. After you filled it out, you will receive an e-mail from one of our coordinators within 3 days. If you are accepted, you will be provided with a link to an online training you need to do before your arrival.

3. WHERE ARE YOU BASED?

Katsikas camp is located in the village of Katsikas, 15 minutes drive from Ioannina, mainland Greece. Ioannina has an airport for domestic flights, and the airport is just a 20 minutes drive from the camp. From Thessaloniki it's a 2,5 hour drive to Katsikas.

4. WHERE SHOULD I STAY?

There are many hotels in the city of Ioannina and also some rental accommodation possibilities in Katsikas. Check Airbnb or contact our volunteer coordinator once you have been accepted into our volunteer program.

5. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GET AROUND?

A car is necessary to reach our camp in Katsikas unless you stay in the center of Katsikas and ready for a 20 min walk. Public transport is limited and not very reliable. 

A car is also a great way to support Lighthouse Relief as it enables you to get around easily and help with warehouse transportation, purchasing and distribution.

6. ANY PRACTICAL THINGS I SHOULD KNOW?

You need to bring an unlocked phone and purchase a Greek SIM card with data. Most of our communication is done over Whatsapp and it is important to be able to stay in touch. SIM cards can be purchased in the bigger cities.

7. WHAT CLOTHES SHOULD I BRING?

The weather in Greece sometimes changes dramatically from day to day. We recommend that volunteers pack heavy-duty shoes and clothes resistant to rain and wind, as well as clothes for hot days.

Now it is starting to get warmer. For those working in camps, we ask you to be culturally sensitive towards the communities we are going to be working with in your choice of clothes.

8. ANYTHING I CAN DO TO PREPARE?

We recommend that volunteers acquaint themselves with the broader context of the refugee situation. 

Our program for volunteers is focused on the humanitarian policy of "do no harm." We have seen wonderful efforts on the ground by volunteers and without them a lot of the relief efforts provided for refugees would disappear. In order to continue this, we recognise the importance of sending well-prepared volunteers in order to have a positive impact on the ground, as well as to ensure the wellbeing of everyone involved. We ask all incoming volunteers to complete a module on humanitarian assistance through Disaster Ready. Details about this training will be sent to you after registration. 

Please note that the nature of the work here can be highly frustrating, stressful and emotionally taxing. The environment here can often be tense. Self-care is very important, and if you feel like you need help, there is support available. 

9. WHAT KIND OF WORK WILL I BE DOING?

Please read the operation's profile carefully before applying to ensure that you will be suitable for the role.

Lighthouse Relief has a coordinating role in the camp and also works on protection issues, translation, distribution, construction, cleaning and much more.

We plan to turn Katsikas camp into a community for the people staying here by supporting them in setting up communal areas, children's and women's spaces, communal kitchens, places for washing, distribution hubs, wifi and much more.

For these reasons, we are especially looking for those with experience and skills in Social Work, Child Protection and Infant Feeding in Emergencies specialists, construction abilities and language skills. We are especially looking for female Arabic/Farsi/Kurdish translators and Greek speakers. We are also seeking applications from anyone with specific skills to offer longterm.


2. Volunteering in RItsona refugee camp.

1. AM I NEEDED?

We have a team of staff volunteers on site with a background in the specific areas we work with. Our volunteer program is full for the summer except for medical volunteers but we welcome skilled volunteers to apply to join from September if you have a background in:

  • Children's care
  • Women's care
  • Teaching
  • Social work
  • Protection
  • Infant feeding
  • Construction
  • Language (Arabic, Farsi/Dari, Kurdish, Urdu, Greek)
  • Communication (photo/video/text)
  • Medical work

For our SRH center, we are looking for doctors, midwives and nurses who are experienced in pediatrics, obstretics and gynecology, or have a background in women’s or children’s health and at least 2 years working experience.

We also gladly receive applications from people wanting to fund and/or work with specific leisure or school activities that would be suitable for our Child Friendly Space and Female Friendly Space.

2. HOW DO I JOIN?

You will need to fill out The Lighthouse Volunteer Program - Registration Form. After you filled it out, you will receive an e-mail from one of our coordinators within 3 days. If you are accepted, you will be provided with a link to an online training you need to do before your arrival.

3. WHERE ARE YOU BASED?

Ritsona refugee camp is located one hour north of Athens, near the island of Evia.

4. WHERE SHOULD I STAY?

Many volunteers are living in Chalkida, a nearby city, and most of them at John's hotel. It is also possible to live in Vathi or Avlida Beach. Some are also staying at an Airbnb in nearby areas.

5. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GET AROUND?

As a volunteer in Ritsona it is essential to have a car to reach the camp. A car can be rented at the airport in Athens. As a volunteer you are responsible to either organise car pooling with other volunteers, or rent your own car.

A car is also a great way to support Lighthouse as it enables you to get around easily and help with warehouse transportation, purchasing and distribution.

6. ANY PRACTICAL THINGS I SHOULD KNOW?

You need to bring an unlocked phone and purchase a Greek SIM card with data. Most of our communication is done over Whatsapp and it is important to be able to stay in touch. SIM cards can be purchased in Chalkida or Athens.

7. WHAT CLOTHES SHOULD I BRING?

The weather in Greece sometimes changes dramatically from day to day. We recommend that volunteers pack heavy-duty shoes and clothes resistant to rain and wind.

Now it is starting to get warmer. For those working in camps, we ask you to be culturally sensitive towards the communities we are going to be working with in your choice of clothes.

8. ANYTHING I CAN DO TO PREPARE?

We recommend that volunteers acquaint themselves with the broader context of the refugee situation. 

Our program for volunteers is focused on the humanitarian policy of "do no harm." We have seen wonderful efforts on the ground by volunteers and without them a lot of the relief efforts provided for refugees would disappear. In order to continue this, we recognise the importance of sending well-prepared volunteers in order to have a positive impact on the ground, as well as to ensure the wellbeing of everyone involved. We ask all incoming volunteers to complete a module on humanitarian assistance through Disaster Ready. Details about this training will be sent to you after registration. 

Please note that the nature of the work here can be highly frustrating, stressful and emotionally taxing. The environment here can often be tense. Self-care is very important, and if you feel like you need help, there is support available. 

9. WHAT KIND OF WORK WILL I BE DOING?

Please read the operation's profile carefully before applying to ensure that you will be suitable for the role.

Lighthouse Relief has a coordinating role in the camp and we run a Women-Baby space, Female Friendly space, Child Friendly space. We also work on construction and with leisure activities.

We want to turn Ritsona camp into a community for the people staying here by supporting them together with the two other volunteer organisations in setting up communal areas, safe spaces for women and children and much more.

For these reasons, we are especially looking for long term staff willing to take on coordination and management roles, Arabic and Kurdish speakers, female volunteers with infant feeding in emergencies specialists, innovative and self-motivated volunteers with experience in childcare and protection, and counselors, social workers, and volunteers experienced with trauma. As we are building and constructing a lot, handy volunteers with construction skills are needed here. We are also seeking applications from anyone with specific skills to offer longterm.


3. VOLUNTEERING IN LESVOS.

1. AM I NEEDED?

Our volunteer program on Lesvos is now full for the summer. We are keeping a 24/7 presence in the camp and on the shores if they increase again and for the ones that do arrive every week. The situation can be frustrating as the arriving refugees are immediately under arrest at arrival, and taken by Frontex.

We have combined the reception camp and the clean-up operation on Lesvos, using the camp as a base for upcycling projects, meetings and also as a place for volunteer accommodation. Boats do still arrive occasionally and that is why we need to keep a presence at the site.

We need longer term volunteers who are prepared to take lead in the sometimes difficult and frustrating boat landings. All volunteers do need to know that main focus still is on our ECO Relief project,which you are expected to be part of.

For the ECO Relief clean-up project, we are looking for nature and environmental lovers who like to spend time out climbing, hiking and lifting. We are especially looking for skippers and boat enthusiasts as most of the transportation of discarded dinghies and life jackets has to be done by sea. The work can be quite heavy and demanding, as there is a lot of hiking, climbing and lifting involved. 

For this project, we are also looking for longer term volunteers who can take responsibility for keeping the camp in a good shape, care for our equipment and lead the team out on the shores.

We are also looking for volunteers to be the focal point on Lesvos for our external communication, with skills in photography, making simple videos and writing updates.

2. HOW DO I JOIN?

While the reception camp may be winding down, our environmental clean-up operations on the North Eastern coast of Lesvos with Skala Sikamineas is in full swing! Please visit the ECO Relief page to volunteer at the camp and/or with the environmental projects. We love for volunteers to stay for longer periods, take on more responsibilities and get the online training in humanitarian work. Please visit the online volunteer application if you are planning to stay for more than a week.

  • For volunteering with the ECO Relief clean-up project for a day or two, visit ECO Relief page and follow the instruction.
  • For volunteering for more than 3 weeks (yay!) and be prepared for arrivals of refugees and caring for our camp, register through our online volunteer application.

3. WHERE ARE YOU BASED?

We have a field office and base camp in the small village of Skala Sikamineas. 

The nearest airport and port is Mytilene, around an hour's drive from Skala Sikamineas. Public transport to Skala Sikamnieas is very limited.

4. WHERE SHOULD I STAY?

There are a few hotels and apartments to rent in Skala Sikamineas, for example Nikis, Hotel Gorgona, Karagiannaki and Afrodites. There is also the possibility to stay in our camp for a small fee.

5. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO GET AROUND?

A car or scooter is the easiest way to get around in Lesvos. Public transport is limited and not very reliable. 

A car is also a great way to support Lighthouse as it enables you to get around easily and help with warehouse transportation, purchasing and distribution.

The distance between the camp and the village of Skala Sikamineas is just a 5 minute walk. To get from the airport to Skala Sikamineas by taxi, the price is about 70 euros. You can also try Lesvos ride sharing group on Facebook.

6. ANY PRACTICAL THINGS I SHOULD KNOW?

You need to bring an unlocked phone and purchase a Greek SIM card with data if you stay long term. Most of our communication is done over Whatsapp and it is important to be able to stay in touch. SIM cards can be purchased in Mytilini.

7. WHAT CLOTHES SHOULD I BRING?

The weather in Lesvos sometimes changes dramatically from day to day. We recommend that volunteers pack heavy-duty shoes and clothes resistant to rain and wind, as well as swimwear if you work with the clean-up. We also have wetsuits, helmets, life jackets and backpacks to borrow for the shore clean-up.

8. ANYTHING I CAN DO TO PREPARE?

We recommend that volunteers acquaint themselves with the broader context of the refugee situation in Europe and the Middle Eastern countries. 

9. WHAT KIND OF WORK WILL I BE DOING?

Lighthouse Relief operations in Lesvos run 24 hours a day. We always have volunteers on shift. For this reason, Lighthouse volunteers should be ready and prepared to work occasional night shifts during their time here. Please read each operation's profile carefully before applying to ensure that you will be suitable for the role.

Our team in Skala is focused on keeping a presence at our reception site in case of any boat arrivals, as well as getting involved with various clean up and upcycling initiatives. Daily tasks here are varied and changing constantly, but will include:

  • Beach clean-up 
  • Upcycling of boats, lifevests etc
  • Basic maintenance of camp
  • Receiving boats
  • Many others