Volunteer in Greece
Would like an opportunity to make a real and positive impact while you travel? Maybe you are coming to Greece on your gap year or summer holiday and are looking for a meaningful experience where you can truly make a difference?
Your Greek Volunteer Placement
Join BabyFeat, a Greek non profit organization and exchange center for reusable children's items that helps families cover the ever changing needs of toddlers and children. Volunteers will be organizing shelves stocked with toys and clothing, sorting items donated by families, and sending care packages to families all over Greece and the world.
Your Greek Volunteer Role
Volunteers are needed to assist with language localization (English, French and Spanish) for Babyfeat's web site, as well as to help during parties, events and workshops organized throughout the year! Volunteers with construction experience are also needed to improve the center's infrastructure (plumbing, interior design).
Your Athens Tours
Your Greek gap year or Greek summer holiday is not all work! We have organised for you several Athens tours so that you may socialize and become acquainted with Greece's bustling capital. Experienced locals will take you on a series of educational, informative and entertaining tours of Athens. Covering areas such as social movements, arts & crafts, photography, bike tours and night life, you'll get a better understanding of contemporary Greece and its people! Accommodation choices range from the most hip and trendy hostel on the Athens scene to self-catering studio apartments.
Gap Year Volunteering in Greece
Volunteering for your gap year in Greece is a great way to help Greece at a grassroots level. By taking part in a volunteer project for your Greek gap year, you will also make life long friends and experience Greek culture and people like never before!
Work schedules at Babyfeat are flexible, while volunteers are expected to work for a minimum of 4 hours at the Center or in other venues as needed. BabyFeat is a non profit organization, founded in 2011, to provide a quick, simple and user friendly way for families to swap children’s items. BabyFeat organizes swapping events and helps families in Greece and globally by sending them items they need for their children. In 2013 BabyFeat opened the first "Center for the Reuse of Children’s Items" in Kato Petralona.The Center hosts the Exchange Center where families trade all items with a unique points system, and the Recycling Workshop for the creative reuse of toys and fabrics - which puts into practice our motto "Nothing Goes to Waste" - inspiring families to create art with objects that seem to have no further use. All of our activities are supported entirely by volunteers who offer their time, resources and optimism so that BabyFeat keeps growing like a family.
Monday - Grassroots Exarhia-Psyrri Tour (Social movements, Street art, Architecture, Arts & Crafts)
Exarchia is the most intensely politicized areas in Athens. You'll take a historical journey and learn the many different political initiatives, and battles, that the area has born witness to. You'll examine the area's street art as well as it's characteristic modern architecture, creative studios and galleries.
Tuesday - Urban creatives Metaxourgeio Tour (Street art, Architecture, Arts & Crafts)
We'll walk through the artistic and fashionable neighborhood of Metaxourgeio, one of Athens' most central districts, where meany creative individuals chosen to live, work and hang out. You'll get to know Athens older architecture and the way artists use public space to interact with their audience.
Wednesday: Nightlife in Gazi-Metaxourgio
Once a neglected industrial district centered around an old gas factory, this area west of the Acropolis has now blossomed into a nightlife Mecca that hosts an impressive array of bars and restaurants. We'll be bar hopping through some of the more interesting places in the area, so that you'll get an idea of how well Greeks spend their Wednesday nights!
Friday: Nightlife in Syntagma-Psyrri
The Syntagma area, stretching from Parliament down to Monastiraki, retains its cosmopolitan air and remains active day and night! The area harbors no end of stylish cocktail bars and older, more established venues which cater to a wide variety of musical tastes and styles.
Saturday: Downtown Athens Photo Tour
You'll walk and photograph your way through Athens, gaining some useful photography tips in the process! Athen's bustling nature and varied neighborhoods are a photographer's paradise. From the quiet white-washed walls of Anafiotika underneath the Acropolis to the bustling meat and fish markets in Athenas St., Athens offers many of photo opportunities, for both seasoned and novice photographers.
Sunday: Greek music workshop
A fun day exploring the different styles of traditional Greek music, practicing on traditional percussion and wind instruments, and learning to dance Greek dances!
Thursday: Acropolis – Acropolis museum tour (Guide price: 110€)
- One week in Athens' trendiest hostel in the central area of Athens of Psirry
- 2 Athens Tours
- 2 Night tours
- 1 workshop
- Two meals a day, breakfast at the hotel
- Extra workshops are available
- Flight tickets
- Transfers to/from Airport
- Public transportation (14€ / week)
All interested candidates must be available for a teleconference through Skype.
Candidates may have:
- Knowledge of Greek is advantageous but not necessary as working languages in Babyfeat are also English and French.
- A passion to experience grassroots community work and to be part of an inspiring environment.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) or video authoring programs.
- Working knowledge of e-mail and the web.
- Competency with social media channels and web-based content management systems.
- Good written and verbal communication skills, including good standard of grammar and spelling.
- Proven attention to detail and accuracy.
- Competent keyboard skills/word processing skills
- Previous work experience in a relevant role would be an advantage.