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 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.
We need coordinators today
While contributing as coordinator, one will have challenging 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.
On the island of Lesvos, where we resumed our activities i October 2017, we have one coordinator responsible for leading our various projects as well as being leader to our 4-8 volunteers contributing during boat landings to the northern part of the island. We need to get in touch with people having the possibility of joining us as soon as possible, but also those who can contribute from 2018.
The coordinators have various responsibilities at each destination, such as Project Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator and Warehouse Coordinator. Our Site Coordinators are administratively responsible for the destinations 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 and Drop Shops. 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 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 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 you are interested in applying for a volunteer coordinator assignment, please forward your CV with letter of motivation to email@example.com 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 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.