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 Lesvos, 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.

Read more about our destinations and the work we do here.

At all our locations you will be greeted by a coordinator who provides training and organizes our team of volunteers. Volunteers with A Drop in the Ocean travel at their own risk. You must pay for travel, food and lodging yourself.

Site Coordinator Northern Greece

We are currently seeking Site Coordinator to our operation in the Northern Greece where we run various projects in the refugee camp, Nea Kavala outside of Thessaloniki.

Responsibilities

  • The Site Coordinator is responsible for A Drop in the Ocean´s overall activities at the destination. This include volunteer staff, logistics, warehouse, finances, projects, DropShop and distribution.

Tasks

  • Training, mentoring and supervision Volunteer Coordinator, Logistics Coordinator and Project Coordinator
  • Recruiting of volunteer team leaders
  • Weekly team meetings with Coordinators on site
  • Reporting to Head of Operations in Greece
  • Keeping the financial situation at destination in line with budget
  • On behalf of the organization, take part in meetings under the direction of UNHCR/military/camp management/other NGOs etc
  • Maintain an overview of available equipment and donations belonging to the organization
  • Through activities on social media, contribute to knowledge regarding the organisation´s work at the destination
  • In charge of preparedness at the destination

Qualifications

  • Higher education
  • Good leadership skills and experience
  • Experience from running of operations within the humanitarian field
  • Service minded, good communication skills and experienced with problem solving
  • Fluent in English, preferable knowledge of Greek or Arabic
  • Project management

All Site Coordinators with A Drop in the Ocean are travelling on their own responsibility, and must be able to contribute for at least 12 weeks.  A Drop in the Ocean cover travel expenses, rental car and housing. A valid driver’s license is necessary.

If you are interested and available to volunteer from March, we would like to receive your letter of motivation including your CV as soon as possible marked “Site Coordinator North” to birgit@drapenihavet.no.

Coordinators

While contributing as coordinator, one will have challenging, valuable and different tasks. The main responsibility is to manage and coordinate our activities at the destinations where A Drop in the Ocean operates. In addition, one of the most important tasks is organizing the contribution from all our present volunteers.

The coordinators have various responsibilities and tasks at each destination, such as

  • Project Coordinator responsible for operating our projects at the destination
  • Volunteer Coordinator responsible for training and follow up on volunteers
  • Logistics Coordinator responsible for our “supply chain” with warehouse,  and Drop Market as well as donations to the destination.
  • Site Coordinator is administratively responsible for the destination as well as being the nearest leader to the other coordinators.

Among the tasks relevant for the 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/Drop Shops.

The coordinators are official representatives for A Drop in the Ocean at the destinations and cooperate with other NGOs, UNHCR and local authorities.

For being a coordinator it is advantageous having background and experience from humanitarian work, primarily from crisis areas. In addition, solid experience from project management and leadership is important, as well as good communication skills. Our coordinators have good health, 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.

A Drop in the Ocean will cover expenses regarding travel to the destination, accommodation as well as rental car. Being a long term volunteer, the coordinator may apply for coverage of personal expenses as well.

If you are interested in applying for a volunteer coordinator assignment, please forward your CV with letter of motivation to birgit@drapenihavet.no and describe when you are available, and for how long you are interested in volunteering in Greece. Do also tell what Coordinator role that might be of interest.

Do you have any questions?

Click here to see Frequently Asked Questions or contact us.

Your abilities:

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
Registration:

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.

There are substantial costs associated with running a solid apparatus for our volunteers that work in the camps. Our field volunteers are not salaried, but have their costs for travel, accommodation, car, and phone covered. The administrative facilitation of the volunteers’ stay is also highly comprehensive. From 2018, all volunteers traveling as part of A Drop in The Ocean will be required to register as a member. This can be done here, and entail a 100 NOK monthly fee. You can at any time terminate this agreement after your voluntary stay has been completed, but we hope that most of you want to continue to support our work and experience that this is a great way to be of assistance to those who need it.

When you sign up for traveling please write in the comment box if you have done so via SMS, bank or PayPal, or if you already are a member/regular contributor.

Read more about the registration process here.

Vaccination

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 come home after volunteering, it may feel a bit heavy to return to “normal” life after helping people in a demanding situation. Your attitudes have changed, you might feel tired and sad. It is normal to have reactions after field-work. If you need immediate psychosocial support or assistance, we recommend that you contact your GP or community health.