Volunteer Medical Team

Profile

The medical team of the Boat Refugee Foundation works on Lesbos and Samos in several refugee camps, accommodating hundreds up to thousands of people. To be able to do a good job in these camps, knowledge about group processes is essential. It enables you to deal with people who stay in a hopeless situation, for a longer period of time. In addition it is of great importance to be able to deal with aggression resulting from this situation.

The Boat Refugee Foundation has multiple shifts in the three camps on Lesbos and Samos. As medical volunteer you work together with other doctors and nurses in the medical cabin located in the camp. During these shifts you come across many different nationalities and languages. You will see patients with different complaints. There is great variation: from headaches and fever to severe consequences of psychological complaints sometimes resulting in suicide attempts. The medical team works in regular shifts both during the day as well as at night. On Samos we work with standard shifts from 4pm to 9 pm. On Lesbos we work with multiple shifts spread over day and night.

What do we expect from you

  • You are between the ages of 23 and 60
  • You can stand your ground and you are physically and mentally healthy
  • You are independent and flexible
  • You are motivated to help people in refugee camps to move forward
  • You can work well together in a team
  • You have good command of the English language
  • You are open to evening and night shifts, and you cope well with little sleep
  • You cope well with emotional and confrontational situations, and you know how to separate work from your personal life.
  • You are available at least two weeks. We prefer volunteers who are available for three weeks or more.

Who do we look for for the medical shifts on Lesbos and Samos?

  • Doctors:
    • Family doctors/GPs
    • Family Doctors/GPs in training
    • (Near) specialists in the following: Emergency care, Intensive care, Paediatrics, Surgery, Internal medicine
    • Junior doctors with experience in the following: Emergency care, Intensive care, Paediatrics, Surgery, Internal medicine
  • Nurses:
    • Nurses with experience riding the ambulance, Emergency care and/or Intensive Care
    • Experienced clinical nurses
    • Some younger nurses
  • Unfortunately, we are not looking for:
    • Non-CCPS registered doctors/nurses
    • Medical students
    • Midwifes (with an exemption for Samos)
    • Nurses without up-to-date A-care experience, for examples Psychriatic nurses, Social-Psychological nurses

Conditions

The Boat Refugee foundation owes their reason for existence to the dedication of the many volunteers and donors. Without them, we would not be able to carry out our work. We wish to spend the available funds to supplies for refugees as much as possible. For this reasons, we ask all our volunteers to pay their own travel and stay. There is a volunteer house on both islands where volunteers can stay for 17 euro per night. This amount includes transportation on the island, and excludes meals. After a month, the costs for stay (accommodation and transportation) are free. In addition, all volunteers are responsible for their own travel insurance and possible vaccinations.

Application procedure

Do you recognize yourself in the profile above and do you want to be a volunteer in Greece? Register yourself by completing the form below. We ask you to fill out all parts of the form completely, so we get a good idea about you as a volunteer. Based on the applications we make a selection of volunteers we find fitting for this work. We will contact you as soon as possible after we received your application.

Registration form

Please note. After sending the form you are redirected to a page thanking you for your registration, and you will receive (almost immediately) a confirmation by email. If this doesn’t happen, something went wrong while filling out or sending the form. In that case, please try again.