we are looking for volunteers for the pss team from July 2018 onwards.

Profile

Boat Refugee Foundation’s psychosocial support (PSS) team is currently working on Lesbos in refugee camp Moria, where thousands of people reside. In order to carry out our work well, knowledge about group processes in an intercultural setting is essential. It enables you to work with people with different cultural backgrounds and habits, who have been living in a refugee camp for a long time, in harrowing conditions. Due to the psychological effects this might have on people, it is also important that you know how to handle behaviour problems and aggression. Moreover, we are recruiting people who have specific knowledge about education to assist both children and adults in their personal development.

Our PSS mission aspires to empower people. This means that our activities are run by refugees themselves, as much as possible. Men and women who are teachers in their home countries, provide the lessons at school. Refugees fluent in multiple languages help out with the translation of workshops. The interior of the community centre was built by carpenters originating from different countries. Boat Refugee Foundation facilitates, supports and guides and supervises the activities where necessary. We do not offer one-on-one consultations or psychotherapy.

We offer a varied range of activities. The first shifts start at 09:00, and the last shifts end around 22:00. When you’re not on shift, you will have time to prepare the activities.

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 a valid driving licence and you’re able to drive stick (you’ll have to drive a car daily)
  • You are available for at least two weeks, although we prefer volunteers wh can stay 3 weeks or longer
  • 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

What else do we expect from you?

  • You can work independently, but know your own limits 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 welcome to the psychosocial support (PSS) team on Lesbos?

  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • (Ortho)pedagogues
  • Teachers

Conditions

Boat Refugee foundation owes their 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 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 do you want to volunteer with us in Greece? Please apply by filling out the form below as completely as poossible, so we get a good idea of who you are. We will contact you as soon as possible. Based on the applications, we will make a selection.

Application Form

Please note: After sending the form, you will be redirected to a ‘thank you’-page and you will (soon afterwards) receive a confirmation in your mailbox. If this doesn’t happen, something went wrong with your application. Please try again.