VOLUNTEER WITH REFUGEES
We rely on people who can spend time treating refugees with dignity. You can be instrumental in helping them to rebuild their lives.
Our focus is of course on the people we are supporting but giving your time is a a two way street. You will also get rewarded for it. It’s what we call the selfish pay-off from altruism. This isn’t volun-tourism, many volunteers have found it life-changing, go on to continue helping and discover great, like-minded friends.
We currently work in Cyprus, where there are about 25,000 asylum seekers and refugees – the highest number per capita in Europe – and with very little support. They need you to help.
Our Dignity Centre in Nicosia city centre is a welcoming information and support centre for all refugees and asylum seekers. At its heart it has two services. An innovative food bank we call the Dignity Market targeting those with no recourse to public funds. And our Sewing Cooperative where members are paid to make high quality bags and aprons we sell through our website Refumade.
We have some availability in September 2021 and then plenty in November and December.
We are making plans to return to Greece. We have identified a group of people needing help and a great organisation to partner with. We expect to have an operation up and running there in November 2021 so if you are available from then, please apply.
DO I NEED ANY SPECIAL SKILLS TO VOLUNTEER?
No! As long as you are caring, patient and work within our Code of Conduct, you are very welcome.
Our fantastic Co-ordinator will show you what to do!
HOW LONG CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR?
We ask you to volunteer for a minimum of two and up to a maximum of four weeks.
WHAT’S IT LIKE VOLUNTEERING FOR REFUGEE SUPPORT?
Volunteering is about doing what is best for the people we are trying to support, but you will find it extremely rewarding. To find out more about what it’s been like for others, read our volunteer stories.
It is an unforgettable experience and you will be doing good from the moment you arrive. Please apply – you will not regret it.
ARE THERE ANY COSTS INVOLVED?
You will need to pay for your own travel to the location and your own accommodation. You will find many cheap flights to the places we go and plenty of hostels or airbnb places to stay.
We also need everyone to try and fundraise for us. We currently spend about £12,500 (€13,750) every month to do what we do. This is not a requirement but we ask you to raise a minimum of £500 and we have a lot of love for people who can raise more.
WHEN CAN YOU START?
We will only book volunteers in about 3 months in advance so we remain flexible. You will be able to apply here.
After nearly 4 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.
HOW DO I APPLY TO VOLUNTEER WITH REFUGEE SUPPORT?
After completing the application, you will get an email reply (check your spam folder) asking you to fix a time to talk to one of our Volunteer Interviewers. Reply to the email to let the Interviewers know when you can have a video chat with one of them and they will be able to let you know more.