Our volunteers help with a variety of tasks, including organising pick ups from camp, driving our van and car, preparing hot drinks, cleaning showers, watching over kids, supporting to our female beneficiaries through talking and listening, organising activities, keeping the center clean and beautiful, and generally ensuring that this remains a safe and calm place for showers and relaxation.

Many, but not all, of our volunteers have previous experience of working with displaced persons, in Greece and elsewhere. Some have worked with large humanitarian organisations, and for others, this is their first experience doing such work. What we have in common is a passionate belief in the importance of recognising that refugees are people no different from ourselves, and who deserve to be treated with the same care and consideration that we give our friends and family.

Many of us live in a shared volunteer house, a 15 minute walk from the centre of Mytilene. It would help us greatly with team spirit and transport if you choose to live with us. You will be welcome to socialise, eat and go for drinks together.

If you would like to come to work with us, please send us a message. We will also require you to provide a basic criminal record / disclosure certificate, or at least one reference, and proof of your identity (generally a copy of your passport.)

We aim to give all our volunteers an interesting, if sometimes challenging, experience. If you have particular skills (eg fundraising, teaching, legal, financial) that you think might be useful in making the centre a welcoming and exciting environment, please do tell us about them.

Iro, Assistant Coordinator, describes a typical day

We enter the warehouse approximately 40 minutes before the arrival of our first group. The tasks we have to take care of are: check the hot water, gas and dirty water levels, put out new trash bags, spray all the trays and mop the floor. Additionally, we check if there are enough small shower bags (face towel, bar of soap and body lotion) for all our groups, as well as clean towels. Additionally, we have to prepare the coffee /tea, fresh fruits and water for our first group. 15 minutes before the scheduled appointment time of our group, the driver leaves to Moria camp to pick up the beneficiaries (max 8 per group). When the ladies arrive, we welcome and show them our facilities and the underwear section where they can pick up a bra/panty while we offer them towels and shower bags. If there are babies/young children, we ask the mother if she prefers to provide her a bath tub with hot water. While the ladies are taking a shower, we take care of the children, put all the used towels in the washing machines and clean each shower after the visitor finishes.

After approximately an hour the group has to return back to the camp. While waiting for the next one, we prepare the main sitting area of the warehouse as well as fruits etc. We usually have 5 groups per day and a lunch break around 14:30. At the end of the day we have to do a final cleaning of the showers and check the dirty water level, as well as if we have enough gas/groceries for the next working day.