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The only skill you need is a smile

You can be instrumental in helping refugees rebuild their lives by treating them with dignity.

You’ll be helping from the day you arrive and every day after that will be transformative and life changing.

We’ve heard it time and time again. Volunteers report they feel like they got more from volunteering than they gave to the refugees.

It’s probably the most selfish thing you’ll ever do.

“The refugees truly gave me so much more than I could give them. I learnt about true selfless kindness.”  Emily, a Refugee Support Europe volunteer

We accept everyone from all walks of life. Our community of 1,000+ volunteers come from over 40 countries. The only skill you need is a smile.

We ask you to volunteer for a minimum of 2 weeks and up to 6 weeks. You will also need to be fully vaccinated for Covid.

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You’ll be working where you can create the biggest impact

At present, we’re concentrating our efforts in Moldova and Cyprus for now but our unique Aid With Dignity approach is growing in demand and we could be expanding our scope of operations any time soon.

Our Dignity Centres in Chisinau, Moldova and Nicosia Cyprus have two services at their heart:

  • The Dignity Market is run in the style of a shop allowing people to choose what they want from a budget they’re given. You will need to be very customer friendly and happy to deliver a personal service.
  • They are also drop-in centres which people can call their own. You will be welcoming them and giving them access to the range of essential office services we have there like photocopying and WiFi.

Current availability for volunteers

Chisinau, Moldova:

From 30 October 2022

Nicosia Cyprus:

From 3 October 2022


Questions? Check here or get in touch

Do I need any skills?

No, the only skill you need is a smile. Apply to be a volunteer today. Having said that we are looking for people, at least 18 years of age in Moldova and at least 21 in Cyprus, who able to:

  • Focus on the tasks and do whatever is needed
  • Be a team player
  • Work hard and be keen to help
  • Fundraise for the projects
  • Remain cheerful when it gets tough
  • Be assertive and resilient

When can I start?

We’re all about being responsive and flexible so we will only book volunteers from now until about 3 months into the future. You can apply here. You will see the current availability above.

After over 5 years, over 1,000 people, from 40 nations, aged up to 78 years old have worked with us as volunteers in Greece, Bangladesh, Mexico and Cyprus. They have worked in some of the most challenging circumstances, so we know how you can be effective and how to look after your welfare.

We work in safe environments but we have created a specific policy for working in Moldova to manage specific risks there.

Which Centre should I volunteer at?

Each one is different, catering for a different group of people at a different point in their journey. We have prepared this little table to show what the key differences are.

Where you go depends on you – as long as we have availability and we think you understand the pressures – you are welcome to choose.

Is it safe?

Yes – we have been doing this for a long time and have competent, trained Coordinators who will make sure you are safe.

We are more vigilant in Moldova because Ukraine is a neighbouring country at war and there are tensions. We will leave in the unlikely event of risks to personal safety and know that we will get plenty of notice before that is necessary.

Are there any costs involved?

You will need to pay for your own travel to the location and accommodation. You will find many cheap flights to places we go and we can offer cheap accommodation. Currently it is free to stay in Chisinau where we have a volunteer house that can sleep up to 8 people (sharing).

What’s it like volunteering for Refugee Support?

There may be a lot of essential routine, but no two days are ever the same.

We need to provide the best possible support for the people we’re helping but you’ll find it extremely rewarding. Meet our volunteers and read their experiences.

It is an unforgettable experience and you will be doing good from the moment you arrive. Please apply – you will not regret it.

Who can I talk to?

When you volunteer you become a member of a friendly and supportive community.

If you’d like to talk to someone about the volunteer experience before you decide we can put you in touch with someone who has been there and done it (and even has one of our stylish Refugee Support Europe t-shirts to prove it.)

Living abroad as a volunteer

We can advise about travel to and low-cost accommodation in the areas where our volunteers work.

Friendships among volunteers tend to form quickly, so there’s nearly always a group to have lunch with and join up with in the evenings to share a meal and swap stories about the day’s events.

What happens next?

If you would like to volunteer with us, please read the Code-of-Conduct and our Safeguarding Policy (both important documents), before completing our Volunteer Agreement and Application.

After completing the application, you will get an email reply (check your spam folder) asking you to schedule a time to video chat to one of our Volunteer Interviewers.

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What about after volunteering?

Spending time helping so directly has such a huge impact that many volunteers want to continue doing what they can. We have put together this guide with some practical help and support for our growing community of helpers.