RPCVs interested in helping refugees in Greece: - Updated September, 2018!
The need for help for the refugees there is great, particularly on the island of Lesvos, one of the closest islands in Greece to the Turkish mainland, and through which many refugees transit in the hopes of reaching Europe. Initially we will focus efforts there. Click here to find a detailed description of the situation on Lesvos.
The National Peace Corps Association hosted a webinar with PCC4Refugees for RPCVs interested in learning more about volunteering their time with Refugee Camps on the Greek Island of Lesvos. Listen to the Webinar recording here.
- Here is a complete list of the identified NGOs, skills they are seeking, the application process, and the time commitment requested.
- Here is a map of Lesvos and length of service requested.
- Each NGO has an application process. Some are on-line and some require submission of a resume directly to the NGO.
- Next Steps
They are not able to offer their volunteers stipends or to help with their lodging or other expenses, ie medical insurance or overseas travel insurance. They are completely dependent on volunteers who can take care of these costs themselves. NPCA / PCC4Refugees is providing information to volunteers about NGOs seeking assistance, but can provide no direct support or assurance that the NGOs will be suitable hosts for volunteers. Furthermore, in the event of an emergency or other serious issue, the volunteer must look to the NGO and his or her own resources. NPCA is not in a position to assist and is not responsible for any loss, damage or injury. Many volunteers currently working with these NGO’s have had success with crowd funding, and we encourage volunteers to explore such resources if they decide to work with one of the NGOs.
Since the NGOs are anxious to receive volunteers for the Fall, we are encouraging you to apply now with a start date as early as mid-September. This will be a collaborative and learning process and we will greatly welcome any feedback to make the process smoother for those that decide to follow in your path. You may also decide to serve as spokespeople for this opportunity and possibly fundraisers for your host NGO upon your return.
Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and their contacts particularly recommend the following as well-organized and responsive:
- Together for Better Days: Greek-Swiss NGO. Write Colin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Drop in the Ocean: Norwegian NGO at https://www.drapenihovst.no/en:we-need-volunteers-immediately.
- KHORA, Athens-based Greek NGO at www.khora-athens.org.
Find the following three NGO’s on Facebook:
View these comprehensive listings of volunteer opportunities:
- Information Point for Greece Volunteers offers good general information, serves as a community bulletin board, and has produced a useful handbook on volunteering. www.facebook.com/groups/greecevolinfopoint/
- For volunteering in northern Greece: http://www.facebook.com/groups/infopointfornortherngreecevolunteers
- For volunteering in Athens: https://www.facebook.com/groups/AthensVolunteerinformation/
Please let us know about your experience if you are able to go to Greece. We would very much like to hear about it and learn from it. For this and any further information you may need, contact Barbara Busch at BBusch@pcc4refugees.org
RPCVs are connecting with International Efforts to Support Refugees
Nomad Schools is a startup NGO which aims to provide best practice teacher training to Syrian teachers working in “bridge schools” in Lebanon. Bridge schools were created in the wake of the Syrian refugee crisis to provide instruction to Syrian refugee children who aim to eventually be integrated into the Lebanese school system. At the moment these schools are struggling to provide the intensive instruction necessary to bridge the large gap between the Syrian school system and the Lebanese due to several factors.
In September, in coordination with Jusoor Syria, Nomad Schools implemented a teacher training workshop for roughly 45 teachers in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon focusing on basic ESL methods, Positive Behavior Systems, differentiated lesson planning, integrating literacy, teacher teams, and student-centered teaching methods. Two RPCVs were critical to the planning and facilitation of this training (Gay Brooks, RPCV Malaysia and Jenn Ross, RPCV Uganda) and will continue to provide digital mentoring sessions to the teacher teams created in during the workshop.