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. We therefore encourage our volunteers to be flexible when it comes to tasks in field. 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 over 25 years old for our destinations, and especially desirable are volunteers who may stay at least two weeks. We accept CVs and applications from people between the ages of 23-25, provided they have relevant backgrounds, and applicants in this age group must be interviewed before they are allowed to travel. As a volunteer, you choose the destination you would like to work at.

Read more about our locations 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 Coordinators to Athens and Northern Greece

We like to get in touch with candidates who would be able to contribute for at least 4 months as volunteer Site Coordinator to either Athens or Northern Greece. Site Coordinators are responsible for the daily operation of the location regarding activities, projects, financial issues, logistics, administrative tasks and volunteer management. Our Site Coordinators have good leadership skills, relevant background from volunteer work and humanitarian operations. If you are available now, and interested to contribute we kindly ask you to forward your CV and letter of motivation today 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 locations 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 location, such as

  • Project Coordinator responsible for operating our projects
  • Volunteer Coordinator responsible for induction, training and follow up on volunteers
  • Logistics Coordinator responsible for our “supply chain” with warehouse, and Drop Shop as well as donations to the destination.
  • Site Coordinator is administratively responsible for the location 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. One week of training and handover will come in addition to these weeks. For Site Coordinators, one has to commit for at least four months in a row. 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.

We are currently seeking Logistics Coordinators

Responsibilities

  • Management of A Drop in the Ocean´s warehouse, distribution and logistics at the location
  • Management of DropShop / Market at the location

Tasks

  • Keeping an overview of needs for supply to refugees
  • Sourcing / procurement of donations
  • Receive, stock and distribute donations
  • Meeting and training of volunteers in warehouse
  • Maintenance of warehouse security and cleanliness
  • Operation of DropShop/Market inside camp (training of volunteers, running of shop, replenishing of donations)
  • Maintenance and updating of DropApp

Qualifications

  • Experience within logistics such as supply chain management and warehouse management
  • Experience of donation procurement
  • Understanding of database/spreadsheet management and maintenance
  • Service minded, good communication skills and experience with problem solving
  • Fluent in English, preferable with knowledge of Greek
  • Project management and team leading skills
  • Experience from humanitarian work, primarily from areas in crisis is valuable.
  • Teamplayer, but also able to work independently.

From the middle of July, we need new Logistics Coordinators, if you are interested and qualified, please apply now.

Market Manager to DropShop, Skaramangas

To our services in the refugee camp Skaramangas in Athens, we are looking for a long-term volunteer interested in contributing as Market Manager for at least 4 weeks.  The Market Manager is responsible for the operation and the daily running of our DropShop. Among the tasks are:

  • Maintain and development of routines for operating the DropShop
  • Training of volunteer staff to the DropShop
  • Ensure safety within the DropShop
  • Report weekly to A Drop in the Ocean Logistics Coordinator
  • In cooperation with Logistics Coordinator, ensure that the DropShop always has sufficient equipment for “sale” and distribution to residents
  • Operate our payment solution through the DROP App
  • Maintain opening hours and rota system of the DropShop

We are looking for a volunteer with the following background:

  • Experience from retail and supply chain
  • Good leadership skills
  • Service minded and experienced with problem solving
  • Experience with humanitarian work
  • Good English skills. Arabic skills advantageous

For being considered as a volunteer Market Manager, we kindly ask you to send your CV and letter of motivation to athen@drapenihavet.no marked “Market Manager”. Please also tell us for how long you are able to volunteer. All long-term volunteers have the opportunity of applying for coverage of personal expenses.

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 there are some wishes:

  • Older than 25 years. We accept CVs and applications from people between the ages of 23-25, provided they have relevant backgrounds, and applicants in this age group must be interviewed before they are allowed to travel.
  • 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. 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.