The purpose of these outreaches is to help meet the needs of refugees in and around Athens and to provide educational opportunities as well as any practical or emotional support. While the refugee crisis in Greece is no longer in the news, it is still ongoing. The Lord has given us a wonderful opportunity to witness to displaced people from the Middle East, many of whom would have never had the opportunity to hear the Gospel in their home countries. Come serve with us in a variety of projects that witness to refugees in Greece!

Ministry Details

Please note, depending on the needs at the time of outreach, you may be reassigned to help in any of the other ministries listed below.

General

Volunteers that participate in this ministry can expect to participate in one of our ministries geared towards serving refugees in and around Athens. You may work on projects in refugee camps, in our Connect cafe or in one of our partner churches. When serving at our partner church you can expect to help teach English and assist in food & clothing distribution. Where each volunteer serves is at the discretion of the Refugee Ministry Coordinator, although we will take your preference into consideration.

Camp

Volunteers will serve in a refugee camp outside of Athens. While there, you can expect to engage in relational ministry and assist camp management with various projects. 

Connect Cafe

Volunteers will serve at our Connect cafe. Connect is a centre we run in Athens where we offer English classes for refugees.

While there, you can expect to engage in relational ministry and assist, or teach, in English classes. You may also have the opportunity to develop and run women's and children's programmes. You will also be responsible for preparing food and coffee/tea for "cafe time".

All the options below are 4 weeks except I & J which are 3 weeks long.

Option Dates Apply by Cost*
A - General Monday, 06 - Friday, 31 January 2020 06 November 2019 £630
B - General  Monday, 10 February - Friday, 06 March 2020 10 December 2019 £630
C - General  Monday, 16 March - Friday, 10 April 2020 14 January 2020 £630
D - General  Monday, 20 April - Friday, 15 May 2020 20 February 2020 £630
E - Camp Monday, 25 May - Friday, 19 June 2020 24 March 2020 £630
F - Connect Cafe Monday, 25 May - Friday, 19 June 2020 24 March 2020 £600
G - Camp Monday, 29 June - Friday, 24 July 2020 29 April 2020 £630
H - Connect Cafe Monday, 29 June - Friday, 24 July 2020 29 April 2020 £600
I - Camp Monday, 27 July - Friday, 14 August 2020 26 May 2020 £485
J - Connect Cafe Monday, 27 July - Friday, 14 August 2020 26 May 2020 £470
K - Camp Monday, 14 September - Friday, 09 October 2020 14 July 2020 £630
L - Connect Cafe Monday, 14 September - Friday, 09 October 2020 14 July 2020 £600
M - General Monday, 19 October - Friday, 13 November 2020 18 August 2020 £630
N - General Monday, 23 November - Friday, 18 December 2020 23 September 2020 £630
Age 18+
Suitable for single people welcomemarried couples welcomesorry, no familiessorry, no groups

Participant Profile

Volunteers must be flexible. Ministry in Greece is constantly changing, and volunteers must be able to adapt. Those who are not flexible will not be able to thrive while serving in Greece. Volunteers who demonstrate initiative are especially welcome.

Accommodation

Volunteers will stay at an OM apartment, local church dorms, or a local hotel if other options are not available. Volunteers should expect to have roommates. Volunteers may be required to climb several flights of stairs if a lift is unavailable. If special accommodation is required, please inform us. While couples are welcomed to serve in this outreach, we do not have adequate accommodation to house them together. You may choose to find your own accommodation.

Food

Participants will be solely responsible for purchasing their own groceries and preparing their own meals. They will have access to a kitchen in the apartment. 

Travel

Participants are responsible for arranging their travel to and from Athens International Airport (ATH). They should arrive as close as possible to 12:00 local time on the scheduled arrival day. While airport pick-up/drop-off is planned, sometimes extenuating circumstances exist. So, participants may need use public transportation (metro or bus) to get to Athens. 

Please do not book flights until acceptance has been confirmed.

Health

Participants must be in good health and physically able to stand, bend, lift, walk, and do other physical activity as needed. Athens is a large city and volunteers must be able to walk long distances and climb hills/stairs. The OM Short-Term Coordinator should be made aware of any health issues.

Visa  

You won't need a visa if you are a UK citizen.

Notes

*Price excludes meals, flights, insurance and vaccinations and is subject to change according to the exchange rate.

Applicants must be 18 or over. We ask you to visit your GP practice as soon as possible to discuss necessary vaccinations for this outreach. It is recommended to especially have Hepatitis A & B & Tuberculosis but this is a decision made between yourself and your GP, as is any other vaccinations your GP recommends. As part of our Safeguarding policy, you may require a valid enhanced DBS certificate which will cost an additional £20.

The dates for this outreach are flexible. However, volunteers must be able to serve for 4 weeks, and must arrive on a weekday.

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