Peace Corps Community for Refugees has been connecting volunteers to NGOs working with refugees in Greece for the past two years. However, there has been a dramatic change in the situation on the island, as explained in the following letter. As a result, we are temporarily ceasing to encourage volunteers to go to Greece. Instead we hope you will consider donating to support these NGOs and/or the NGOs on the US/Mexico border where we intend to shift our support efforts. for the foreseeable future.
We will update this information as the situation changes. In the meantime, if you remain interested in serving on Lesvos in the future, the informational materials found with these links may be helpful in your planning process: History of the refugee crisis on Lesvos, Planing ahead for volunteer service on Lesvos, NGO descriptions, and a map of Lesvos.
“PCCC4Refugees provides a vital link between organizations and volunteers by vetting them in just that way. Through PCCC4Refugees' association with Peace Corps, I trusted that any organization they vouched for would be reputable and concerned about their volunteers. PCCC4Refugees had first hand experience with working with the organizations they support. And I was not disappointed. The organization I worked with was effective, productive, concerned about their volunteers and enjoyable to work with.”
Cathy Lee Gierke | RPCV Jamaica, 1995-97
Cathy was a volunteer that served for 2 months with Starfish Foundation on Lesvos, Greece. She continued her work during the pandemic and after she was able to get a flight home she continued working with Starfish on the project she had begun on Lesvos.