As of September 2017, A Drop in the Ocean is present in Northern Greece and the Athens area. We work directly inside the refugee camps, run by Greek authorities. From the end of October we will also be present at the Northern coast of Lesvos.

Our main work tasks are to distribute food, clothes and non-food items. We are also involved in planning and organizing different activities for children and adults in the camps. Furthermore, we assist in teaching English as well as provide material and logistical support for bilingual education. We are cooperating with different organizations in all camps, such as UNHCR, Help Refugees, Save the Children, the international Red Cross and other partners.

Our volunteers participate in distribution, warehouse duties and in organising activities for the refugees. Volunteers work long hours, both inside and outside of the camps. When volunteering, you are expected to contribute in a positive manner and accept different kind of tasks that are given to you by our local coordinators. We are completely dependent on volunteer assistance, and all volunteers must fully commit to the team they have been assigned to.

We are currently in need of more volunteers in Athens and in Nea Kavala in Northern Greece.

 

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Athens

In Athens, we are working in the Skaramangas refugee camp, a 40-minute drive from the city centre. There are currently around 2500 residents in the camp.

Skaramangas is the largest refugee camp in Greece, and and A Drop in the Ocean organises a number of activities for the residents.

Warehouse
The warehouse is located Egaleo, a 20 minute drive from Skaramangas. This is where we receive donations and organise everything before distribution in the camp. The warehouse is also used for constructing different objects that we may need in the camp, like shelves and tables.

Mother and Baby Space
This place is established to give mothers a private and intimate time with their babies. Here, they can take care of their children, change clothes, get support and interact with other mothers. No men are allowed inside.

Space for Woman and Teenage Girls
This space is only available for woman and teenage girls. Here, we organise different creative activities for this group.

Community Centre
Our community centre has three rooms available for different activities. Here, we are arrange activities designed to make a positive impact on the residents of the camp. We cooperate closely with the residents to come up with new activities.

At the moment, we offer the following activities:
1. Sewing rom and knitting/crochet lessons.
2. Kids activities: Drawing, arts and crafts, play area.
3. English and German lessons for adults.
4. Library in collaboration with Hope School.
5. “Play for Peace”, an educational game for children and adults.

Drop Market
At the Drop Market, we “sell” clothing items, shoes and other necessities to refugees in the camp. At the Market, we use our own crypto currency – “Drops” – that makes it possible for the refugees to shop the same way as in a normal store. Read more about “Drops” and The Drop App here. 

Sporting activities
In Skaramangas camp, we access to a football and basketball court. Here, we organise games and sporting activities for the residents.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
To be able to volunteer with us in Athens, you must be able to work for a minimum of 10 days. Introduction and training will take place every week on Mondays and Thursdays. You can not work in the camp if you have not gone through this introduction. We recommend that you arrive to the area the evening before the introduction. Volunteers have Sundays off.

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Northern Greece

 

In Northern Greece we work in Nea Kavala refugee camp, an official camp situated about an hour from Thessaloniki.

The camp has 350-400 residents, and we are responsible for the distribution of food, clothing items and other necessities.

Vegetables, Dry Food and Bread
Once a week, volunteers travel to Thessaloniki to pick up fresh vegetables for residents in the camp. Dry food, like coffee, lentils, sugar, rice and cocking oil is also distributed once a week. We also have a bread trolley, and four times a week, residents are able to get fresh bread made by the organisation Action Directa Sierra Norte. The bread is made by volunteers and refugees living outside the official camp.

Drop Market
At the Drop Market, we “sell” clothing items, shoes and other necessities to refugees in the camp. At the Market, we use our own crypto currency – “Drops” – that makes it possible for the refugees to shop the same way as in a normal store. Read more about “Drops” and The Drop App here.

Laundry
We have opened a laundry where residents can use washing machines six days a week.

Sewing Project
In collaboration with We are Here, we have sewing project where residents can make whatever they want using new and recycled fabrics. The can also take knitting classes, weave or use sewing machines to create interior pieces or fix ruined clothes.

“Flea Market”
Many residents in the nearby villages of Polikastro and Axioupolis have low incomes, and we have therefore started a flee market in order to help. Here, villagers can pick out clothes and shoes that they need.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
To be able to volunteer with us in Northern Greece you must be able to work for minimum 10 days. Introduction 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 introduction. We recommend that you arrive the area the evening before the introduction. 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.

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Lesvos

A Drop in the Ocean will start up with volunteer resources on the Northern Coast of Lesvos. This coast has had a dramatical increase of boat arrivals the past months, and with the winter coming, our presence is more important than ever. We plan to have a small team of 4-8 people in the area. People with rescue skills or medical background will be prioritized.

Our tasks will mainly be patrolling the coast and communicating with rescue boats when dinghies in trouble are spotted. Our team will also provide warm blankets and dry clothes to people in need.

We require that you have a drivers license and can rent a car if you want to volunteer with us in this area. The lower age limit is 25 years.

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