This outreach was offered in 2019 and is highly likely to be repeated in 2020. The details below may differ. To register your interest, please use the 'I've got a question' button at the bottom of the page and we will send you the 2020 dates and details when they become available.

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!

Age 18+
Suitable for single people welcomemarried couples welcomesorry, no familiessorry, no groups

Ministry Details

Volunteers that participate in this ministry can expect to participate in one of our ministries geared towards serving refugees in and around Athens. They may work on projects in refugee camps, in a care centre for refugees in Lavrio, in our centre in Athens, or in one of our partner churches in Athens. Where the volunteer serves is at the discretion of our Refugee Ministry Coordinator, although we will take volunteer preference into consideration.

Volunteers serving in the refugee camps can expect to develop & participate in programmes for both adults & children, engage in relational ministry, and participate in construction projects in the camps when necessary.

Volunteers serving in either care centre can expect to engage in relational ministry, assist in language classes, and assist in food & clothing distribution. Volunteers may also develop & run womens & childrens programmes.

Volunteers serving at our partner church can expect to help teach English, and assist in food & clothing distribution.

Participant Profile

Volunteers must be flexible. Ministry in Greece is constantly changing, and volunteers must be able to adapt.


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 the STM coordinator. We cannot guarantee that married couples will be housed together.


Individuals will be responsible for purchasing their own groceries and preparing their own meals. They will have access to a full kitchen in their accommodation.


Participants are responsible for arranging their travel to and from Athens International Airport (ATH). They should arrive between 9:00 and 21:00 on the scheduled arrival day. Participants will need to make their own way on public transport (metro or bus) to get to Athens. Directions will be provided. 

Please do not book flights until acceptance has been confirmed.


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.


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


Applicants must be 18 or over. Price excludes meals, flights, insurance and vaccinations and is subject to change according to the exchange rate. 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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