How is it like to contribute as a volunteer for A Drop in the Ocean?
A Drop in the Ocean’s purpose is to provide immediate and direct aid to refugees. This is done by coordinating volunteers to travel to our destinations in Greece. Aid workers assist with the reception of refugees and working in the camps where refugees live. The tasks are constantly changing, depending on the needs of the various destinations. At the destinations, we work with organizations such as UNHCR, Doctors Without Borders, NRC, International Red Cross, etc.
A Drop in the ocean is currently present with volunteers on the island of Chios, in the Athens region and in Northern Greece. We always need more volunteers for our destinations, and especially desirable are volunteers who may stay at least two weeks. As a volunteer, you choose the destination you would like to work at.
At all our locations you will be greeted by a coordinator, which provides training and organizes a team of volunteers. Volunteers with A Drop in the Ocean travel at their own risk. You must pay for travel, food and lodging yourself.
While contributing as coordinator, one will have challenging and different tasks. The main responsibility is to manage and coordinate the contributions from our many volunteers in various refugee camps in Greece where A Drop in the Ocean operates.
The coordinators have various responsibilities at each destination, such as Project Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator and Warehouse Coordinator. Our Site Managers are administratively responsible for the destinations.
Among the tasks of coordinators are planning and administration of volunteers’ efforts in the refugee camps, such as distribution of food and non-food items, warehouse logistics, activities for children, language lessons and running of our markets and DropShops. Training and introduction of new volunteers are also among the important tasks of the coordinators.
The coordinators are official representatives for A Drop in the Ocean at the destinations and cooperate with other NGOs, UNHCR and local authorities.
For the coordinator roles, background and experience from humanitarian work, primarily from crisis areas are advantageous. In addition, solid experience from project management and team leading is important, as well as very good communication skill. Our coordinators are service minded and have good abilities in general computer knowledge. All coordinators are fluent in English.
A coordinator of A Drop in the Ocean is travelling on his/her own responsibility, and must be able to contribute in Greece for at least 8 weeks. As for all volunteers with the organization, one has to be above the age of 25 to be considered as coordinator.
If interested in applying for a volunteer coordinator assignment, please forward your CV with letter of motivation to firstname.lastname@example.org and describe when you are available, and for how long you are interested in volunteering in Greece.
Do you have any questions?
A Drop in the Ocean has a particular need for health professionals, craftsmen, people with experience in psychosocial support professionals in maternity and infant care, language teachers, interpreters in Arabic, Persian / Farsi, Dari and Kurdish. Most important of all is still a helping hand and a good heart. We need you!
A Drop in the Ocean has no specific requirements for their volunteers, but has there are some wishes:
- Older than 25 years
- Can stay at the location for more than ten days
- That you are ready to roll up your sleeves and lend a hand where needed. You must be prepared for long hours and unpredictability of work
- That you, as far as possible, arriving either Monday or Thursday
If you want to volunteer with A Drop in the Ocean, you have to register a profile with us. You can do that by visiting My Profile in the top menu. Volunteer aid workers for A Drop in the Ocean must accept our Guidelines. Therefore, read through these before you book your trip. These can be read here: Guidelines. When you have registered as a volunteer, you can request a trip with us. As soon as we receive your registration we put you in a travel group on Facebook for the period you will be traveling. Read more about the registration process here.
The drop in ocean working in refugee camps where there is poor sanitation and where epidemics occur. We recommend that you contact either GP or vaccine office to check if necessary. Replenishing vaccinations before traveling.
After the trip
When you get home, it can feel a bit heavy to return to his “normal” life after helping people in a demanding situation. Your attitudes have changed. The drop in sea regularly puts up free workshop / group discussions conducted by our professional therapists at various locations in the country. Here’s an opportunity to meet other droplets that have worked voluntarily and share experiences. If you need immediate psychosocial support or assistance, we recommend that you contact your GP or community health.