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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!

Currently

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.“

Do you want to contribute in other ways?

No matter if it's your time, in-kind or financial donations - your donation makes a difference Go to our donation page
Frequently asked questions
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.

We’ve listed some of them here:
ELPIDA
ERCI – coordination of volunteers in Elpida
Hot Foods Idomeni – also operating in Serbia

THESSALONIKI
Help Refugees – coordination of independent volunteers in the surrounding camps

ATHENS
Khora 

LESVOS
SOA
Lesvos Solidarity – formerly Pikpa

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?
Probably. But, it’s almost always good idea to get a Greek SIM card. Using a Greek number will enable you to communicate with volunteers and coordinators without causing them to incur large international charges. A lot of our day-to-day communication is also done over WhatsApp, so having data on your phone is essential. You can buy a SIM card easily in Thessaloniki or Katerini. You can get a SIM with calls and data for as little as 10 euros.
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?
It is a good idea make sure your basic vaccinations, including tetanus, are up-to-date. Be aware that there is a lot of illness present in the camps, particularly respiratory infections. Use common sense, and carry hand sanitizer.
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?
Maybe, and if not now, eventually. Our needs for volunteers change weekly. Check under the volunteering section of our website.
ARE CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED?
Not really. Greece is a big cash economy. Smaller family-run business and even larger companies are not always equipped to take credit cards or are not happy to do so. However hotels, car rental companies and other tourist oriented businesses will accept credit cards no problem. Usually it’s quite easy, and often less expensive, to take money out of an ATM when you arrive but often it’s a good idea to bring some Euros with you – just in case you run into problems. Check your international ATM fees charged by your bank and never exchange money at an airport.
CAN I DRINK THE WATER?
Yes! Tap water is fine to drink here and drinking it can save a lot of plastic (as opposed to buying bottled water). This international crisis has created and continues to create a lot of waste – don’t contribute to it!
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?
Yes and no. In general, the people who live in the camps are extremely friendly and generous. But due to the stress of the situation you might find yourself in a potentially intimidating position. In general, we recommend not walking around alone and always carrying a functioning phone or radio. The emergency number in Greece is 112.
SHOULD I BRING DONATIONS, OR CASH TO BUY ITEMS?
In general, it’s best to help by donating money to existing trusted warehouses and organizations, which can buy goods locally. The advantage is this benefits the Greek economy and works within a system that provides immediate help. Check this list for updated needs or our own needed in-kind donations on our website here.
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f you do bring goods to donate, help the warehouse workers as much as possible following some basic labelling and techniques used locally.