About Volunteering with Better Days

Thank you for your interest in joining the Better Days family. We were built by the power of collective action, and our volunteers have been instrumental in making Better Days what we are today. By volunteering with us, your energy, time, and passion will make a meaningful difference in the lives of the people we work with.

We are always eager to welcome more dedicated and passionate individuals to the team. Please note, due to the high number of applications we receive, we may have the capacity to respond only to applicants who meet our basic requirements. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

When should I apply?

To allow ample time for planning on your side and ours, we prefer that volunteers submit application materials at least three months before their period of availability. Exceptions may be made when circumstances allow.

What skills do you look for in a volunteer?

  • Previous experience in a similar role or context.
  • Intermediate or advanced IT skills, particularly in website design and development, system administration (Google Workspace), and database management. Ability to learn, manage, and maintain new platforms.
  • Background in Education, Business Development, Mental Health Support, Fundraising and Communications for non-profit organisations.
  • Previous experience working with children or other vulnerable populations.
  • Proficiency in Farsi, Arabic, Urdu, French, Greek.

Can I collect in-kind or financial donations before my volunteer period?

We always recommend coordinating closely with our Communications team before starting to fundraise or collect donations on behalf of Better Days. Logistically, raising funds is often more helpful to us than physical donations. Access to additional funds allows us to procure items (books, stationery, PPE) or services (food, transportation) that are of immediate importance to our participants and projects while contributing to the local economy. If you wish to raise in-kind donations, such as clothing or hygiene items, you may be referred to a partner organisation that is better able to receive, store, and distribute physical donations.

How safe is working with displaced people in Greece?

Our experience in Greece since we were founded in 2016 has been overwhelmingly positive. That said, tensions can rise quickly, and we cannot guarantee that everyone you meet will be welcoming. Isolated incidents of physical violence, police intimidation, and criminalisation of asylum seekers, volunteers, and humanitarians have been documented in Greece by local and international human rights monitoring agencies such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
Volunteers must always be aware of their surroundings, behaviour, and how they communicate with others. Volunteers must comply with the Better Days Code of Conduct during the full extent of their stay and are required to sign a Liability Waiver acknowledging the inherent risks of participating in our projects.
Please familiarise yourself with the current situation in Greece through official travel advisories, Embassy/Consulate communications, and legitimate news sources before finalising travel plans.

Where do I stay during my volunteer period?

Volunteers are responsible for arranging their own accommodation and transportation while working with Better Days. The approximate location of our office and project sites will be provided upon confirmation. Support with living expenses, housing, or transportation may become available after the third month of volunteering. This depends on our funding capacity and cannot be guaranteed in advance. With your consent, we can connect you with other volunteers who may be interested in sharing accommodation and expenses.

Is there a fee for volunteering with Better Days?

No. We place great value on the commitment of your time, skills, and passion.



Former Gekko volunteer and Art teacher
“Working in Moria was a bittersweet experience. I noticed and appreciated the small interventions we made daily to facilitate their escape for a few hours, even if simply in an emotional sense, encouraging them to embrace their youth in a childlike state! When we were all still at Gekko, for example, the normalcy of getting on the bus every day to collect the children from the camp and transfer them to the school was brilliant - how they would run to us and be so upbeat and happy will stick with me forever! “


Former Gekko volunteer and Nutrition Teacher
“My fondest memory was playing silly classroom games and seeing the children come out of their shells and feel more comfortable. It was special to get to know each child individually and witness how eager they were to learn and build up their life. I'm still inspired and encouraged by these children!”


Better Days former volunteer
“BD was the first time I was functionally involved in the implementation of a concept that I had a foggy idea of coming into it but hadn’t actually seen it in practice: the idea that the core of real, powerful protection and care are structured, intent-full frameworks; that eagerness and enthusiasm are useful tools but ultimately useless and even potentially harmful if not applied within meticulously evaluated systems, ones that are designed for specific purposes. This was a very valuable lesson that I have carried with me and I am very grateful for.”

Open Volunteer Position

Open Position: Volunteer English Teacher

Better Days is looking for a Volunteer English Teacher.

Location: Athens, Greece

Volunteer Status: Full-time position (evening shifts or a shift schedule may be required)

Starting Date: Immediately

Duration: Minimum of 3 months

Better Days Greece was founded in Greece in 2016 in response to the influx of refugees arriving in Lesvos, Greece. It is the Greek implementing partner of Together for Better Days, a Swiss NGO. Together we have supported many projects in Greece, Lebanon, Serbia, and Syria. We want to see a world where refugees and asylum seekers are guaranteed access to their rights and are treated with dignity and humanity. A world where no child under any circumstances is forced to endure the physical and psychological trauma currently faced by millions of children across the world. Some of our most successful projects to date include The Olive Grove/Better Days for Moria, Elpida Refugee Centre, TAPUAT Child & Family Hub, EcoHub, Socrates Sports & Development, MIRE (Mapping, Identification & Registration Exercise for UASC), Central Triage Pharmacy, Themida Greece and of course our flagship Gekko Kids. Better Days’ primary missions are based in Athens and Lesvos.

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