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Please note

The Medical Mission will restart in May 2018. For the moment we are asking that only medical volunteers who have worked on Lesvos or Samos after 1 May 2017 and who are registered in Greece to apply. Medical volunteers who have worked with another organization in Greece after 1 May 2017 (with a Greek registration number) can also apply.

The Boat Refugee Foundation medical team works in Moria refugee camp on Lesvos where thousands of people reside for often long periods of time. Their situation feels and is often hopeless due to the poor circumstances in the camp. Many basic facilities are inadequate and there is severe overcrowding. To be able to properly work here knowledge of these circumstances and its effects such as desperation and sometimes aggression are necessary.

The team works seven days a week in evening and night shifts from a medical post in a cabin in the camp. As a volunteer you do primary care and first aid consultations. The patients are primarily from the Middle East, other parts of Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. The complaints vary strongly: from flu-like symptoms and simple problems to severely ill patients and acute psychological complaints.

What do we expect from you?

  • You have a medical registration in Greece issued after 1 May 2017 and you have worked as a medic for Boat Refugee Foundation or for another organization in a refugee camp.
  • You are between 23 and 60 years of age.
  • You can stand your ground and are physically and mentally healthy.
  • You are fluent in English (command of other languages such as Arabic, Farsi or French is advantageous).
  • You cope well with emotional and confrontational situations, and you are able to separate work from your personal life.
  • You are an independent worker, but also know the boundaries of your capabilities and when to ask for help.
  • You are flexible and work well in a team.

Who do we welcome to the medical team on Lesvos?

Doctors:

  • General practitioners / family doctors (in training)
  • Tropical doctors (in training)
  • Psychiatry residents/registrars
  • ER doctors (in training)
  • Paediatricians (in training)
  • Surgeons (in training)
  • Internists (in training)
  • ICU doctors (in training)

Registered nurses:

  • Specialized/experienced in ER, ICU or ambulance care
  • Psychiatric/mental health nurses
  • Experienced in refugee camp work

Unfortunately we do not require:

  • Doctors/nurses without a current registration
  • Medical / nursing students
  • Midwives

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. 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.

Please note: For the moment we are asking that only medical volunteers who have worked on Lesvos or Samos after 1 May 2017 and who are registered in Greece to apply. Medical volunteers who have worked with another organization in Greece after 1 May 2017 (with a Greek registration number) can also apply.