We are currently recruiting field workers to all our locations.
Due to Covid-19, we are only recruiting field workers from countries who have been approved by the Greek government. Currently, they include residents from EU+ countries (European Union, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Iceland), and travellers from Australia, Canada, Georgia, Japan, New Zealand, Rwanda, South Korea, Thailand, Tunisia, Uruguay, China, and UAE.
A Drop in the Ocean’s purpose is to provide support to displaced people and spread information about the situation for refugees and migrants living in refugee camps in Greece. Whenever possible, our main focus will be to help children and their mothers. Our field workers work in and around the refugee camps where the refugees and migrants live. We co-operate with many different organisations and actors such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), and the Danish Refugee Council (DRC).
Since 2015, more than 6500 field workers from 68 different countries have contributed to our work.
TO BECOME A FIELD WORKER WITH A DROP IN THE OCEAN YOU MUST:
- Be 23 years or older
- Be able to commit for at least four weeks + potential quarantine
- Provide us with a criminal record check
- Send us proof of insurance + name and number of insurance provider
- Provide us with a copy of your passport
- Send us your CV + two reference persons
- Complete our online training
- Accept and follow our guidelines
- Be prepared for long and unpredictable days in the field
- Donate 10 EUR monthly while you are in the field
Do you have a burning desire to join our work for displaced people? Become a field worker with A Drop in the Ocean by filling out our application form. We receive many applications and encourage you to give elaborate information about your background, experience, and motivation.
The Greek government has established new requirements for NGOs working in Greece. This means that we must register all our field workers in a web-based portal run by the Greek Ministry of Migration and Asylum. This is a lengthy process that can take four to five months from when you first register your application to your assignment starts. We must gather a lot of information and documents, some of which are included in the list above, and translate it to Greek before it can be registered with Greek authorities. All potential field workers and coordinators will be interviewed by our HR coordinators. We also require that you provide us with two personal references we can contact. If you are accepted as a field worker, you will get access to Mobilise, which is our information hub. There you will find a lot of useful information about what to do before your assignment starts, accommodation tips, recommended packing list, and much more.
Field workers are responsible for all costs related to their assignment. You can apply for reimbursement limited to 300 EUR per month for personal costs such as accommodation, rental car, and transport. Maximum five receipts each month. Reimbursement is only available if you participate for four weeks or longer.
The Daily Life in the Field
You will receive training from one of our coordinators on your first day in the field, we call this induction. Induction takes place every Thursday and gives an introduction to being a field worker, tasks and activities, guidelines and security policies, co-operation with other actors, etc. For the time being, each location has implemented disease control measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Everyday life as a field worker can be demanding, but meaningful. You should expect to work long hours, but you will always find time for breaks. You will be included in a schedule created by the coordinator(s). The schedule will give you a good overview of what you are expected to participate in during your assignment. However, remember to be flexible as the schedule and tasks can change on short notice. We have many different activities, and we aim to include our field workers in all of them. We value professionality, co-operation, teamwork, and respect, and we require all our field workers to follow our guidelines and policies.
Being a coordinator with A Drop in the Ocean is exciting and challenging, and will give you an array of interesting tasks to resolve. The coordinator’s main responsibility is to ensure that the daily operation on each location is up and running. We require that the minimum length of assignment to be 4 months and you must be more than 25 years old. Site coordinators must stay for at least 6 months. A Drop in the Ocean covers costs related to travel, accommodation, and rental car at the location. Coordinators can get reimbursement to cover personal expenses during their assignment. The reimbursement is up to 400 EUR for the first four months, and from the fifth month they can get 500 EUR reimbursed. Read more about our coordinator roles here and our available assignments here.
A day in the field
We recommend renting Airbnb or hotels that are in proximity to the blue metro line. Rental car is not necessary, the public transport system in Athens will easily take you to and from the camp.
You will stay in Polikastro, Axoupolis or Pigi. Rental car is essential, but can be shared with other volunteers.
Most volunteers stay in Mytilini. We recommend renting an Airbnb or hotel. Rental car is essential, but can be shared with other volunteers.
Our base on Samos is in the city of Vathy, where we recommend renting a hotel or an Airbnb. Everything is located within walking distance, so car is not necessary. You can also get around using public transportation. If you choose to stay outside of the city, which may be a cheaper alternative (especially during summer season), please be aware that depending on the distance, you may have to look into renting a bike or a car.