This summer A Drop in the Ocean suspended our operation in the refugee camp Nea Kavala, Northern Greece due to ongoing safety concerns. Over the summer we have worked closely with the authorities and other present NGOs to try to address the safety issues. Although any camp environment will always have risks, we could at this stage not ignore the increased needs after the recent transfer of 1000 residents from Moria refugee camp, Lesvos to Nea Kavala. The camp is now home to around 2000 people living in difficult conditions. After a thorough risk assessment and because of the mentioned increase in people needing our services, we have decided that during October 2019, we will restart our operation in the camp. More information will be published soon.
Video from our previous work in Nea Kavala
Accomodation and transport
Our volunteers live in the villages of Polykastro, Axoupoli and Pigi, which are located approx. 10 minutes drive from Nea Kavala. All three villages are a short distance from each other. Most volunteers live in hotels in Polykastro or in apartments through our contacts in the villages. More information about renting a bed or apartment can be obtained by contacting one of our coordinators after your trip has been approved.
To be able to volunteer with us in Northern Greece you must be able to work for minimum 21 days (3 weeks). Induction and training will take place every week on Mondays and Thursdays. You can not attend the work in camp if you have not gone through this induction. We recommend that you arrive the area the evening before the induction. In Nea Kavala, volunteers have Sundays off.
We need minimum two weeks notice from volunteers to Northern Greece, in order to have them registered in camp before their arrival.