The medical team of Boat Refugee Foundation is working in refugee camp Moria on Lesbos, Greece, where thousands of people reside often for a long time. The conditions in the camp are dire and harrowing, causing despair and feelings of hopelessness amongst the refugees. Many basic facilities are insufficient, and the camp is severely overcrowded. For you to be able to work in the camp, it is necessary and important to take knowledge of the situation and the effects it causes, like despair and sometimes aggression.

The medical team runs evening shifts located at a medical cabin in the camp, seven days per week. As a volunteer, your shifts consist of running walk-in hours for primary and emergency care. The patients mostly originate from the Middle East, other parts of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. The variety in complaints is wide; from flu-like symptoms and relatively simple problems to severely ill patients and acute psychological complaints.

What do we expect from you (required)?

  • You stand your ground and are in good physical and mental health
  • You are between 23 and 60 years old
  • Your English is fluent (knowledge of other languages like French, Arabic or Farsi is an advantage)
  • You have got a valid driving licence and you’re able to drive stick (you’ll have to drive a car daily)
  • You are able to work late evening shifts and can handle a short night of sleep
  • You can cope with emotional and confronting situations and you know how to separate work from your personal life
  • You are available for at least two weeks, although we prefer volunteers who can stay 3 weeks or longer

What else do we expect from you?

  • You can work independently, but know your own limits (also regarding medical skills) and when to ask for help
  • You are motivated to help the people living in the refugee camp
  • You are flexible and a team player

Who do we welcome to the medical team on Lesvos?


  • 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:

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

Unfortunately we do not accept:

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


Boat Refugee Foundation owes her reason for existence to the dedication of many volunteers and donors. We would not be able to do this work without them. We want to spend as many available funds as possible on the help for refugees. Therefore, we ask all volunteers to pay their own travel and accommodation expenses. Our volunteer house on the island provides accommodation for all volunteers, for a fixed amount per night. For more information about that, please click the link below. Moreover, volunteers are responsible for their own travel insurance and possible vaccinations.

Application procedure

Do you recognise yourself in the profile described above and would you like too volunteer with us in Greece? Please apply by filling out the form below. We will contact you as soon as possible. Based on the applications, we will make a selection.