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 2 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.


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:

  • Proof of valid Criminal Background Check
  • 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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YOUTH ENGAGEMENT SPACE (YES) VOLUNTEER

Summary: Lighthouse Relief is looking for dedicated volunteers to support in carrying out creative workshops and other psychosocial activities in its Youth Engagement Space. You will work with programme staff to set up and maintain the space, facilitate daily activities, support with the development of a monthly youth-run magazine, and encourage youth to engage with the sessions and one another in a positive and productive way. No formal training is required for this role, but an interest in youth issues and positive attitude are essential. Expertise in any element of visual art, creative writing, photography, filmmaking or music is a distinct asset. 

Context: 

Lighthouse Relief’s Youth Engagement Space in Ritsona Refugee camp in central Greece provides a safe setting for residents aged between 16 and 25 to explore their creativity, critical thinking and untapped potential. Since the programme’s inception, Lighthouse Relief's primary goal has been to restore a sense of belonging and purpose to the young people of the camp, encouraging them to invest in their long-term futures. With this in mind, experienced professionals are invited to conduct workshops on a wide range of subjects, from architecture to jewelry design, charcoal portraits, graffiti, guitar and photography.  Most recently, youth in the programme worked together to launch The Ritsona Kingdom Journal, a magazine that showcases their talents and perspectives in their own voice, and their own way. 

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:

  • Assist the YES team in preparing and leading all activities and workshops;
  • Look after the collective spaces and involve youth  participants in its upkeep;
  • Motivate and encourage youth participants during creative workshops; 
  • Prepare and clean up the Youth Engagement Space before and after activities;
  • Support with the development of The Ritsona Kingdom Journal as needed; 
  • Engage with youth in a sensitive and culturally-appropriate manner. 

Requirements:

  • Proof of valid Criminal Background Check
  • Experience in the humanitarian sector preferred; 
  • Experience working with youth 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 youth empowerment, 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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CONSTRUCTION VOLUNTEER

Summary:  Lighthouse Relief is looking for reliable construction volunteers to upkeep and repair our programme spaces. We’ll rely on you to keep our facilities in good condition by maintaining spaces and fixing damage/ weathering to current construction units. You must be well-organized with strong general repair skills. A keen eye for detail and resourcefulness is valued greatly in this role. You will be entrusted to take initiative and work closely with the Project and Volunteer Coordinator, Programme Managers and Country Coordinator to sign off all activities, plans and construction costs. All tools and equipment are already available, but resource materials need to be purchased from local suppliers and contractors. A resourceful and creative mindset is a huge benefit to this position. 

Context: Lighthouse Relief has been running programmes in Ritsona Refugee Camp since April 2016. The Youth Engagement Space (YES) programme is ran from 2 Isoboxes, an outdoor wooden platform and garden fencing. The Child Friendly Space (CFS) programme is ran from 5 Isoboxes, 1 tent frame and wooden flooring, garden fencing and gates, 2 eco-toilets and sheltered wooden walk ways. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Inspect all spaces and identify needs and report need for major repairs
  • Perform maintenance and light repairs
  • Build/ repair garden fence and gates
  • Fix roofing construction
  • Repair outdoor patio floors
  • Paint and fill gaps
  • Undertake duties as assigned or emergency tasks
  • Research applicable materials and services applicable to the context
  • Negotiate with suppliers and contractors 

Requirements:

  • Provide resourceful and alternative construction solutions
  • Good communication and negotiation skills
  • Proven experience as handyman/ construction contractor
  • Experience with hardware tools and electrical equipment
  • Basic math skills
  • Well-organized and apt in problem-solving
  • Attention to detail

Desired:

  • Experience working with refugee camp settings
  • Prior work experience with an INGO in an emergency setting preferred
  • Knowledge of Greek/ Arabic is an asset
  • Driving License
  • Ability to drive manual transmission.

Benefits: This position provides valuable experience to anyone with an interest in issues of youth empowerment, 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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COMMUNICATIONS VOLUNTEER

Summary: The Communications Volunteer will be based in Chalkida, Greece and report directly to the Communications Officer. The length of the position is for a minimum of two months, with the possibility to extend. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Generating stories and content from Lighthouse Reliefs social media channels and blog by coordinating the different contributors (staff, volunteers, residents and ambassadors)
  • Drafting and sending the monthly newsletter for our donors and ambassadors
  • Support the Communications Officer in other communications duties (press visits, community management, etc)

Requirements:

  • Fluency in English
  • Experience of working within a communications environment delivering on agreed objectives and following deadlines
  • Ability to produce informative and engaging written material
  • Experience working with photography and text
  • Ability to work on own initiative and to be proactive
  • Good knowledge in social media
  • The ability to find and tell a story
  • Positive personality, and ability to deal with many personality types

Desirable:

  • Degree in a relevant field (journalism, public relations, international affairs or others)
  • Knowledge in humanitarian work and policies
  • Experience volunteering or working with an international organization, company, or UN agency
  • Interest and knowledge of displaced populations
  • Language skills in Greek, Arabic, Kurdish, Farsi/Dari

Benefits: This position provides valuable experience to anyone with an interest in issues of youth empowerment, 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: 

  • Proof of valid Criminal Background Check

  • 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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PHOTOGRAPHER / VIDEOGRAPHER

Summary: The LHR photographer and videographer will be based in Skala (Lesvos) and reports in their photography and videography role to the Head of Communication at Chalkida, Central Greece. As the photographer and videographer for LHR, the main focus will be to create engaging photo and video content documenting our work on Lesvos. The photographer needs to be a great storyteller who knows how to draw in an audience to LHR’s work in a fresh and lively way, while being sensitive to the situation and the people we provide services for.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Spending time on the field, with given tasks as well as proactively and independently generating photo and video stories and content for our social media

  • Working with other members of the Communications team to create impactful material
  • Work on specific assignments in photo and video for our webpage, social media, and internal and external documentation
  • Assist with other communication, media and fundraising issues
  • As the responsibilities listed here cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Required:

  • Experience of working within a communications environment delivering on agreed objectives and following deadlines
  • Ability to produce informative and engaging images and videos
  • Ability to work on own initiative and to be proactive
  • Ability to work effectively under tight deadlines.
  • Good knowledge in social media
  • The ability to find and tell a story
  • Fluent working proficiency in English
  • Positive personality, and ability to deal with many personality types
  • Driver’s license

Desirable:

  • Degree in a relevant field
  • Knowledge in humanitarian work and policies
  • Good project management skills
  • Previous experience working with advertising or fundraising
  • Previous experience with journalistic work
  • Experience volunteering or working with an international organization, company, or UN agency
  • English as a first language
  • Interest in and knowledge of displaced populations
  • Language skills in Greek, Arabic, Kurdish, Farsi/Dari

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