Volunteering in a refugee camp is hard. Leaving is even harder.
A Typical Day
While life in a refugee camp is unpredictable, we work hard to provide children (and volunteers) with the gift of knowing what comes next.
Opening Volunteer Meeting: This is a time to reflect, support and brainstorm. We share challenges as well as successes. After this daily meeting, we prepare to head into camp together, a short 15 minute drive from the hotel.
Programming: The schedule can change depending on the season, Greek school timetable and other external factors out of our control. Our day begins with Kindergarten, and is followed by informal school sessions and activities. Our sessions cover English, Math and creative time including but not limited to; Art, Drama and Music. We also run a soccer and sports program.
" I am safe. I am kind. I belong."
This is the mantra we recite together each day. Each phrase is accompanied by a different movement to prepare children for settling in for learning. We regularly incorporate movement, breathing exercises and activities that promote self-regulation. Our sessions open and close in the same way everyday, so that children know what to expect.
Lesson Planning: We provide a database of lessons and activities and will support you in developing your own activities, based on your unique strengths and skills.
Special Positions: Sometimes, you may be designated as a "float" and be available to support other teachers, or as a 1:1 aide for children who may need extra attention.
Home Visits: There are many reasons why a child may need a home visit or ongoing home school. You may be asked to accompany your director or another volunteer on these visits and will be given guidance for each situation.
Closing Volunteer Meeting: A shorter daily meeting to review the day and to discuss any identified children of concern, who may benefit from 1:1, home visit or other referrals.
Free Time: Sessions will end around 6:00 pm. At this time, you can either spend time with families in camp (you can expect LOTS of welcoming invitations to dinner!) or can head back to the hotel for volunteer dinner and prep time.
Where you will stay
Special rates are available for our volunteers at the beautiful Hotel Glarentza. Program Directors and Assistant Directors enjoy free accommodations.