Northern Greece

About Nea Kavala Refugee Camp

Nea Kavala refugee camp, is an official camp situated about an hour from Thessaloniki. The camp consists of over 1200 residents, whereas half are Afghans (50 %), 28 % are Syrians and 7 % Iraqi. Many have been relocated from the islands and now live in tiny isoboxes or Rubb Halls, emergency tents that can fit a large number of people. Almost 40 % of the residents are children, 20 % are women, and 40 % men.

Photo by: Kathrin Helen Siurk

Activities in the refugee camp

Due to the situation of Covid-19, changes to the activities might occur. We always ensure infection prevention by following various infection control measures, in accordance with the guidelines of the Greek authorities.

Drop Centre

Towards the end of December 2019 we opened a Drop Centre in the middle of Nea Kavala camp. Our new Drop Centre used to be a Drop Shop, and the space has been renovated by volunteers and coordinators. The Drop Centre provides a social arena where one can meet for coffee, tea and a chat.

The intention behind the Drop Centre is to provide residents with a space where they might find a much-needed sense of normality and community. We support residents in creating shared, positive experiences through learning, empowerment and physical activity.
Our activities:

Computer classes

We offer computer classes at beginners’ level and are in the process of re-offering intermediate levels as well.

Greek classes

Our Greek classes are very popular, and we are working to offer classes for even more residents.

Sports activities

A Drop in the Ocean organises football and volleyball training.

Makers space

At our makers’ space camp residents can create furniture and get access to different tools and training.

We also offer different workshops, tailoring club, and an info hub with administrative support to the camp residents.

Activities in our Drop Centre:


Another important part of our work in Nea Kavala are distributions for camp residents. We distribute clothes, food, diapers and much more.


 To be able to volunteer with us in Northern Greece you must be more than 23 years old, be able to work for minimum four weeks and stay in a quarantine in advance. Induction and training will take place every week on Thursdays. You can not attend the work in camp if you have not gone through this induction. In Nea Kavala, volunteers work five days a week.

Our volunteers live in the villages of Polykastro, Axoupoli and Pigi, which are located approx. 10 minutes drive from Nea Kavala. 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.