Since 2015 more than one million refugees, fleeing war, persecution, natural disasters, and poverty, have traveled to Greece in search of safety and a dignified life in Europe. Lacking safe and legal alternatives, they put their lives in the hands of smugglers and risk everything during perilous sea and land crossings. In 2016, a series of international political policies have limited immigration out of Greece and as a consequence, more than 60,000 people are currently trapped, scattered across detention centers, abandoned buildings, and makeshift camps. Substandard living conditions and lack of adequate food, medical care, and information have heightened anxiety, depression, and uncertainty, but you can help.
Your volunteer work will support the needs of refugee families, including much-needed supplies through the Distribution Center. At the Center, volunteers are responsible for the distribution of milk, tea and hygiene products. At the Center, volunteers are responsible for the distribution of milk, tea and hygiene products, as well as running the camp clothing shop.
Available to volunteers staying 1 week or longer.
Change Content to: CCS is honored to manage the operations of Ritsona refugee camp’s distribution center, a critical dispensary of milk, hygiene products, and clothing. The Ritsona camp is one of the largest refugee camps in Greece with more families coming every day. Over the last year, many international organizations have pulled aid even though the need has never been greater. Gap volunteers, supported by our local team, operate the distribution center and help families meet basic human needs. This is your opportunity to fulfill fundamental human rights for refugees with compassion, dignity, and humanity.
Located at the crossroads of Europe, Africa, and Asia, Greece boasts the longest coastline of the Mediterranean Basin and 227 inhabited islands. The birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, Western literature, historiography, political science, and major scientific and mathematical principles, the country retains world-renowned landmarks and historical sites to explore. In Chalkida, the city of "mad waters" and the administrative and commercial capital of the mainland island of Evia, you can take in Greek culture on pedestrian boardwalks or take in a Greek sunset along the waterfront.
Volunteers are needed year-round from 1-12 week increments. Groups of 4 or more can select their own custom dates and individuals are encouraged to select from the dates below to join a cohort of others.