Boat Refugee Foundation’s medical team operates in refugee camp Moria on Lesvos, where thousands of people reside for a long time. Due to the poor conditions in the camp, many refugees experience the situation as hopeless and desperate. Many basic facilities are not sufficient for the overcrowding camp. In order to work effectively, it is necessary to have knowledge of the circumstances and its effects.
The medical team works evening shifts seven days a week, offering primary and emergency care from a medical post located in a cabin inside the camp. Moreover, the team can be requested to assist during emergencies (such as riots, or fire).
Patients are mostly originating from the Middle East, other parts of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. We see a large variety of complaints, ranging from flu-like symptoms to severely ill or wounded patients and acute psychological complaints.
What do we expect from you (strict requirements)?
– You stand your ground and are physically and mentally healthy
– Your English is fluent (other languages such as French, Arabic or Farsi are a plus)
– You hold a category B driving license (you’ll drive a car every day)
– You are available for at least 6 weeks
– You are open to late evening shifts and deal well with little sleep
– You handle emotional and confronting situations well and know how to seperate work and private life
– You have at least 2 years of relevant working experience (experience working abroad is a plus)
What else do we expect from you?
– You are independent, but know the limits of your capibilities and when to ask for help
– You are motivated to help people living in refugee camps. Experience working in refugee camps is a plus.
– You work and communicate well with people from different cultural backgrounds
– You are flexible and know how to work together as a team
Who can apply for our medical mission on Lesvos?
– General practitioners / family doctors (in training)
– Tropical doctors (in training)
– ER doctors (in training)
– Paediatricians (in training)
– Surgeons (in training)
– Internists (in training)
– ICU doctors (in training)
– Specialised / experience in ER, ICU, surgery, psychiatry or ambulance care
– Experience with triaging, acute medicine and / or wound care
Senior psychologists and psychiatric nurses:
– Experience within acute psychiatry, or aid/assistance to people in a crisis situation
– Experience in sessions with traumatised patients
– Experience with severe psychological complaints, including panic attacks, psychosis and suicide (attempts)
– You can work without supervision and are willing to educate other volunteers
– Experience working in a multicultural environment
Unfortunately we do not have place on our team for:
– Doctors, nurses and psychologists without a valid registration
– Students in medicine, nursing or psychology
We are also looking for volunteers who, next to their activities for the medical team, can assist the coordinator with several tasks. If you’re interested, please check out the profile for assistant medical coordinator.
Boat Refugee Foundation owes the 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 these 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.
Do you recognize yourself in the profile above and do you want to be a volunteer in Greece? And did you read this information about practical matters and the registration procedure?
Please, 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.