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Our volunteers come from all over the world, and all walks of life. We are activists, photographers, university students, nurses, computer programmers and aroma therapists. We are writers, mechanics, bartenders, and out-of-work novelists. We are Christians, Muslims, Jews, and nothing-in-particulars.
The one thing we all have in common is that we are here to help in any way that we can.
We would love for you to join our team of dedicated volunteers!
We are currently not accepting any volunteers due to our transition out of Elpida – this is because we believe it is important to focus all of our energy on properly handing over our systems and activities to ensure a smooth transition. As soon as we’re ready to welcome new volunteers to our new adventures it will be announced here and on our facebook page. However, there’s still a huge need for volunteers in Greece and we hope you explore some of these other volunteer opportunities.
”Even though the greater situation may feel hopeless, seeing how utterly grateful people are for the little things, like giving someone a blanket, tent, or pair of shoes, that makes all the difference.“
CAN I VOLUNTEER WITH TOGETHER FOR BETTER DAYS?
We are currently not accepting volunteers due to our transition out of Elpida. However, other organisations both in Elpida and in the rest of Greece are eager to welcome you to their organisations.
Help Refugees – coordination of independent volunteers in the surrounding camps
WHERE CAN I STAY?
We receive more questions regarding accommodation than all other questions combined. But know you are not alone – finding affordable comfortable accommodation is our biggest challenge too! Unfortunately, we cannot answer questions regarding accommodation but we can give you a few leads.
- Currently, our projects are based in the Thessaloniki area. Being the second largest city in Greece, there are many accommodation options.
- Check AirBnB – Check hotels – Contact their owners to see if you can work out a long-term deal.
WILL MY PHONE WORK IN GREECE?
IS THERE A MINIMUM REQUIRED STAY?
Yes. Because of the nature of this project, we ask that you commit to at least two weeks from an induction day ie Wednesday or Saturday.
IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT FOR VOLUNTEERING?
Yes. For legal reasons, you MUST be at least 18 to volunteer.
DO I NEED ANY SHOTS (VACCINATIONS) BEFORE I COME?
DO I NEED A CAR?
It is much easier to get around with your own car. Most of our projects are outside of the Thessaloniki center. Some are served by public transport, so taking the bus is also possible. We also rideshare when possible if there are enough drivers.
DO I NEED AN INTERNATIONAL DRIVER’S LICENSE IN GREECE?
Do you have an EU passport?
- If yes, then you only need your driver’s license from your home country.
- If no, then it depends on the rental company. If possible bring one, but not always necessary.
I HAVE A SPECIAL SKILL, CAN I USE IT?
ARE CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED?
CAN I DRINK THE WATER?
DO PEOPLE SPEAK ENGLISH?
Yes and no. Most Greeks you meet will have some basic English skills, and many speak fluent English. Likewise for many refugees. However, speaking even a little bit of the languages in use is great–Greeks are flattered, and refugees will be comforted.
Study up on useful phrases with these documents:
Volunteers: Greek/Arabic/English/Farsi phrase list (printable) (German version)
Refugee Phrasebook database (sort by language and select which ones to print)
IS IT SAFE?
SHOULD I BRING DONATIONS, OR CASH TO BUY ITEMS?
If you do bring goods to donate, help the warehouse workers as much as possible following some basic labelling and techniques used locally.