VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

SUPPORT OUR EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM IN LESVOS OR SAFE SPACES IN RITSONA REFUGEE CAMP.
 

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.

How To Apply 

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 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 also 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 the appropriate “Apply” button below based on your region of interest. 

2.    Fill in our online form and follow instructions to submit copies of your resume and cover letter.

3.    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.

CURRENT VOLUNTEER NEEDS

CENTRAL GREECE (RITSONA REFUGEE CAMP):

LESVOS:


VOLUNTEER IN CENTRAL GREECE (RITSONA REFUGEE CAMP)

Child Friendly Space (CFS) Volunteer

Summary: Lighthouse Relief is looking for dedicated volunteers to support 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 can 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.

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FEMALE FRIENDLY SPACE (FFS) VOLUNTEER

Summary: Lighthouse Relief is looking for dedicated volunteers to support 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 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;
  •  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 can 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.


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VOLUNTEER IN LESVOS

EMERGENCY RESPONSE, SPOTTING & SUPPORT IN OVERNIGHT TRANSIT

Summary: Since September 2015, Lighthouse Relief has organized emergency response operations on the north shore of Lesvos in the small fishing village of Skala Sikaminias. At a distance of 8km, Lesvos serves as a regular entry point for refugees crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey into Europe. To ensure safe passage for those seeking refuge, Lighthouse Relief has built an around-the-clock team of emergency response volunteers that respond to all north shore landings, operate day and evening spotting shifts, and work in cooperation with the other organizations to ensure arrivals are supported in overnight transit.

Requirements: 

  • 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.

  • Hold an international driver's license (preferred). 

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.

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