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Are you a nurse or doctor and do you want to use your expertise to help people in need? Then come join our medical team on Lesvos as a volunteer. Together with our MHPSS team you will contribute to humane (emergency) care at the reception centre Mavrovouni.

About us

Boat Refugee Foundation provides medical and psychosocial (emergency) aid and stands up for the rights of people seeking refuge. We take action where systems become inhumane and compassion is lost. Since 2015, we have been working in various locations at the borders of Europe. There our teams, which largely rely on volunteers, provide medical and psychosocial support.

What will you do?

As a volunteer you will work in our medical team on Lesvos, which largely consists of professional volunteers. Besides nurses and doctors we work with our interpreters, who live in the camp themselves. They have an indispensable role in our team.

We provide (emergency) care from our mobile clinic in the camp, seven days a week. During the week we work evening shifts and on the weekends we also work during the day. The complaints we see vary from flu symptoms to serious physical or psychological complaints.

We are currently looking for:

  • You have graduated as a nurse practitioner;
  • It is an advantage if you have working experience in emergency care, intensive care, paediatrics or International Health Medicine;
  • You preferably have experience working in a multicultural environment.
(Senior) doctors
  • We are looking for doctors with at least two years of clinical working experience;
  • It is an advantage if you have working experience in general practice, emergency care, intensive care, paediatrics or International Health and Tropical Medicine;
  • You preferably have experience working in a multicultural environment.
What do we expect from you?
  • You are available for a minimum of 6 weeks. A senior doctor can be scheduled for 4 weeks by mutual agreement. (A senior doctor with 3 years of work experience and completed specialisation training or a doctor without specialisation with 6 years of work experience);
  • You speak English fluently, including medical terms. Speaking French, Arabic, Farsi or Greek is a plus;
  • You can stand your ground firmly and you're physically and mentally healthy;
  • You have a driver’s licence (you will have to drive in a manual car every day);
  • You are open to late evening shifts and deal well with little sleep;
  • You can work independently, but also aware of the limits of your (medical) skills and know when to ask for help;
  • You are able to deal with emotional and confronting situations and able to separate work from personal topics;
  • You can work well with people from different cultural backgrounds;
  • You are flexible and can easily adapt to changes.
Costs and conditions

Boat Refugee Foundation’s existence depends on the many volunteers and donors, without which we’d not be able to do our job. Our financial means are mostly spent on medical and psychosocial care. That is why we ask all volunteers to pay for their own travel and stay. We have a volunteer house on Lesvos where you can stay for 10 euros a night. After one month you can stay here for free.

Are you interested?

Do you recognize yourself in the above profile and would you like to work with us as a volunteer? Then sign up using the form below. Note: please submit your CV in English. We look forward to your response!

It is not possible to apply more than 6 months before your availability.

Note: We have received sufficient applications for nurses until May 2024. We will resume accepting new applications for nurses starting in February with a commencement date in June.

Join us now

Are you willing to join our team? We look forward to your response!

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