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.

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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 they can be assigned to work with us. 
  • You must be able to volunteer for at least 4 or 6 weeks depending on the location. Shorter term placements are possible for the location of Lesvos Island only.
  • We will need a criminal record check, no longer than three months of validity before the start of the assignment; Copy of health card (it can be the European Health card, Travel Insurance, or from a private company. In any case, an insurance which covers medical expenses at the country of placement.); and a copy of your passport. 
  • We strongly encourage all field workers to register as a member of the organization by becoming a regular donor. Then you help to provide predictability in our work. You can register here.
  • You must accept and follow our guidelines.  
  • Complete our online training. The trainings are mandatory, and must be completed before the start of your assignment. The list of the mandatory trainings will be sent to you during the Onboarding Process.
  • 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. 

What happens after I register 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.  
  • In case of a successful interview, we will contact you with a Placement Offer.

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

  • You must be able to volunteer in Greece for at least 4 or 6 weeks depending on the location. Shorter term placements are possible for the location of Lesvos Island only

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

  • We will do our best to help you connect with other potential volunteers before you join us, but can not guarantee this.

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

  • Before you collect and bring equipment, you can mention it to the HR Coordinator, who will connect you with the Volunteer Coordinator for specifics on current needs.

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 closed 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, choice of accommodation and personal lifestyle. 

Do I need a rental car?

  • At some locations, a car is required to get to the location where we work. This varies from place to place, and you can share a rental car with other field workers. Check with the Volunteer Coordinator for the location you are going to about current needs.

Is there internet access?

  • Most accommodation in Greece has internet access. We suggest you check before booking accommodation. 
  • Depending on the location you will be going, internet access may be available. In any case, kindly make sure to have Mobile Data available during your assignment, as internet is essential for your tasks. As an alternative, you can always purchase a local SIM card.

Is it safe to travel as a volunteer?

  • Our destinations are safe to travel to. 

Do I need vaccines?

  • We suggest you to address this issue with a GP or your local travel medical clinic about the location you are traveling to.
  • Kindly refer to your Ministry of Foreign Affairs to review recommended vaccines

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. Only DiH volunteers who fulfill the requirements and are registered on the Ministry’s platform, are allowed entry to the camp.

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

  • Our Coordinators can connect you with a specialist/therapist upon your request.

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

  • You can help financially and become a paying member here
  • 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 people forced to flee.

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

  • We are not authorized to provide medical services in any of the destinations we work. You are welcome to work with us on other types of tasks.

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 backgroun, and we will reach out to you to discuss further. 

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.  

All coordinators must meet the following requirements: 

  • Be 25 years or older  
  • Commit for at least three months   
  • Be fluent in English. Knowledge of Greek, Arabic or French is advantageous.  
  • Travel at your own responsibility  
  • Provide a valid travel insurance document (inclusive of health insurance).  
  • Provide the organisation with a clean criminal record certificate.
  • Have a valid international driving licence  
  • Provide at least two references from previous work experience  
  • Comply with our aim, values and vision.  

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.

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

  • If you collect money to cover your own costs, it is important that you make it clear that the money is paid out to you privately and not to the organisation. If you start a collection to cover the organisation’s activities or purchases, you can agree with our fundraiser responsible how it is most appropriate to transfer this to the right location. Funds for the organization can only be earmarked for projects in agreement with the fundraiser responsible.

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 HR Coordinator and your on-site coordinator about important information relating to your heath before arrival. 

Where do I stay during my volunteer assignment?

  • Once you will be accepted as a volunteer and according to the location of your placement, you will receive some accommodation suggestions. These suggestions are usually included in our Welcome Packs. Moreover, we have a buddy system in place, where a volunteer who is already at the location of your placement can offer additional advice. Lastly, the Volunteer Coordinator at the location, can offer additional support in a pre-arrival call. Any kind of information you will share with us in that regard, will be kept strictly confidential under GDPR legislation.

How do I commute from my accommodation to the location of my
assignment?

  • Depending on your placement, most of our accommodation suggestions are close to the location of your assignment. Transportation options are usually included in our Welcome Packs and may vary according to the location (renting a car, bicycle, or using public transportation). Moreover, we have a buddy system in place, where a volunteer who is already at the location of your placement can offer additional advice. Lastly, the Volunteer Coordinator at the location, can offer additional support in a prearrival call.

I have a disability, what should I do as a volunteer?

  • After consulting your doctor, it would be recommended to let us know on your application, and you will also able to discuss this further during your interview with the HR Coordinator. While in DiH we believe in equal opportunities, kindly note that some of our placements require physical activity. Any kind of information you will share with us in that regard, will be kept strictly confidential under GDPR legislation.