Frequently Asked Questions

If you want information about A Drop in the Ocean and the work that is being done in the field (and you do not find the answer on our website), please contact us on post@drapenihavet.no.

What do I need to do in order to become a volunteer?


What are the requirements to be a volunteer? Do I need experience? Is there an age limit?

  • You must be at least 23 years old and all applicants must be interviewed before can be assigned to work with us. 
  • You must be able to work as a volunteer for at least 4 weeks. 
  • We will need a criminal record check, a proof of insurance and name and number of insurance provider, and a copy of your passport. 
  • You must be registered as a member (you become a member by signing up as a regular donor here). 
  • You must accept and follow our guidelines.  
  • Complete our online training. The access to the training portal will be given after signing up.  
  • You must have the willingness to work in a demanding environment requiring long days/hours.  
  • English is our working language, but it will be advantageous if you have language skills in Greek, Arabic, Dari, Farsi, Kurdish and French 
  • Project related experience/coordination skills is an advantage. 
  • We have had requests from parents wanting to do fieldwork together with their children. We therefore want to emphasise that our age limit is 23. 

What happens after I registered as a volunteer on your website?

  • You will receive a confirmation that your registration is received. 
  • We will contact you for an interview and follow-up through e-mail.  
  • Access to the training portal will be given.
  • If everything is OK, you will be accepted.  
  • Then you will be added to a closed Facebook travel group where you can arrange accommodation, transports, etc, or get tips about this. 

Where do you need volunteers? Which places have the most need?

  • If you know when you are able to travel, send an email to volunteer@drapenihavet.no and we can advise you based on current and upcoming requirements. 

I am unsure how long I can volunteer for, how long are volunteers required for? 

  • You must be able to work in Greece or Bosnia Herzegovina for at least 4 weeks.  

I plan to travel with a group of friends. Is it possible for all of us to work together as volunteers?

  • Yes, you all have to register yourself and your trip independently, and then add the names of the once you are going to travel with in the comment section. 
  • If there are more than 5 people, please send an email to volunteer@drapenihavet.no before you book your travel. 

I am travelling alone and want to have someone to travel with. Can you put me in contact with someone?

  • When your trip is accepted you will be added to a travel group on Facebook. On this group you can find others that will travel during the same period. 
  • We will do our best to help you connect with other potential volunteers before you leave, but can not guarantee this.

I want to bring equipment/items for the refugees, what do they need? 

  • The needs change constantly. You will be provided with information regarding this in the travel group you belong to and what kind of equipment you may bring along. 

What kind of personal equipment/items do I need to bring?

  • You will be working long hours in the field, so use comfortable clothes and shoes that matches the season. We want everyone working in the field to use clothes covering the shoulders, tops covering your waist and your attire should be mid-calf to ankle. 
  • Remember to bring general personal toiletries for yourself. 
  • Sunscreen and hats are needed when you work out in the sun for long periods during the day. 
  • In winter it can be cold in Greece, so it is recommended to bring some wool thermals and warm jackets which shield from the wind. 

How much money should I expect to use during my stay?

  • Costs connected to your travel, accommodation, transport (public or rental car) and food. 
  • Total costs will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling, destination and choice of accommodation. 

Do I need a rental car?

  • On Lesvos and in Northern Greece a car is needed for transport. On Lesvos, it is possible to walk from Mytilini to Kara Tepe (2,5 km.). Rental cars can be shared between other volunteers. In Athens volunteers can use  public transportation. 

Is there internet access?

  • Most accommodation in Greece has internet access. We suggest you check before booking accommodation. 

Is it safe to travel as a volunteer?

  • Our destinations are safe to travel to. 

Do I need vaccines?

  • We suggest you talk to your doctor or your local travel medical clinic. 
  • All fieldworkers must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • You will be in contact with refugees from North Africa and the Middle East. It is important that your doctor, or travel medical clinic, is aware of this so they can advise you on which vaccines you may need. 

Can I bring my children?

  • We have a lower age limit of 23. 
  • We do not allow younger children to enter the camp, not even with their parents. 
  • If you have any questions regarding this issue, please contact volunteer@drapenihavet.no

If I need to speak to someone when I return home from volunteering, what should I do?

  • Our Coordinators can find a therapist you can talk to. Please send an e-mail to post@drapenihavet.no

I want to help, but cannot travel internationally. How can I assist?

  • You can help financially and become a paying member here. 
  • You can become a member of one of our local groups on Facebook and get more information there. 
  • If you live in the Oslo-area, you can send an email to post@drapenihavet.no and tell us what you want to assist with. 
  • You can engage locally amongst refugees in your community.   
  • Follow our social media channels and website and share our stories about the situation for displaced people.

I have a background as a health professional, how can I help?

  • We do offer medical services, but if you are interested in volunteering with other tasks you are welcome to apply. Contact us via email at volunteer@drapenihavet.no and tell us about your background. We will suggest a destination based on current needs. 

I have a background as a childcare professional/specialist in child related health, how can I help?

  • There is always a need for teachers and other personnel with childcare backgrounds. Contact us via email at volunteer@drapenihavet.no and tell us about your background. We will suggest a destination from the current needs. 

Can I become a coordinator?

  • To work as a coordinator, you must have relevant experience from similar work, and previous experience as a volunteer or working in a refugee camp is useful. It is also an advantage if you have experience in leading other people and teams. There are various requirements for each coordinator role. We publish available coordinator assignments here.  

All coordinators must comply with the following requirements: 

  • Be 25 years or older  
  • Commit for at least four months (as a Site Coordinator you must commit for at least six months)  
  • Be fluent in English. Knowledge of Greek is advantageous.  
  • Travel at your own responsibility  
  • Document a valid travel insurance (inclusive of health insurance).  
  • Provide the organisation with a criminal record certificate as well as having a valid international driving licence  
  • Provide at least two references from previous work experience  
  • Comply with our aim, values and visions.  

Read more about our coordinator roles here.  

Can I use pictures from your website for my own fundraiser, when I am going to travel as a volunteer for you?

  • It is great if you would like to start a fundraiser before or during your trip. We appreciate if use of pictures from our website or social media accounts are approved by us beforehand. We have several photos and can find one together which suits your goal. If you start a Facebook fundraiser one of our approved pictures automatically comes up, so that is of course good to use. You can start your own fundraiser here.

Am I allowed to start a fundraiser for my own volunteering trip?

  • Starting a fundraiser is a great initiative and you can update it with the work the organisation does, also from the field. Facebook has an easy tool for arranging a fundraiser and the full amount you collect goes directly to the organisation. You can start one right here.
  • If you use other tools, or fundraise to a private account, it must be clear that it is a private fundraiser and not carried out by A Drop in the Ocean. 
  • Earmarked fundraisers for particular needs or activities the organisation does should only be started if we have agreed on the needs and the text beforehand.  

I have a chronic illness, what should I do as a volunteer?

  • We trust that you follow your own judgement and seek advice from your doctor before you make a decision about volunteering. 
  • It is a good idea to inform our recruitment personnel and your coordinator about of important information relating to your heath before arrival.