FAQ for future volunteers

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Is a minimum period of stay required?
Yes, the minimum is 12 days.
This allows the volunteer to get a sense of the camp’s life and to have the opportunity to integrate into the community.

Is my stay self-funded?
Yes.
The volunteer has to pay for his own flight, just like room and board. An annual quota of € 50 shall be added (once per year) and a contribution of € 50 is requested for the trips.

Does the association provide accommodation for the volunteers?
Yes.
The association provides housing in Thessaloniki. The day rate is € 15 and a maximum of 4 people might be hosted in the apartments, which are equipped with a kitchen, a bathroom, a washing machine, a refrigerator and internet connection. However, the volunteer is free to find another accommodation. Attention! It will be his responsibility to reach autonomously the meeting point whenever the volunteer decides to lodge elsewhere.

How do we get around?
The association provides a car driven by the coordinator.
In the case that volunteers will be more than 5, the coordinator will rent an extra car. In these circumstances petrol costs will be split between the volunteers. Attention! You have to bring your driving licence.

Do I have to bring money with me?
There is no need to bring a large amount of money.
It is required to cover the expenses to the coordinator on the first day. But beyond that, life in Greece is cheap an average expenditure of € 25/ 35 per day is estimated for breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight stay.

Do I need to do a fundraiser before leaving?
It’s not mandatory, but highly recommended.
Fundraising is crucial for two reasons: it makes our activity possible and it makes the current situation in Greece public. The media are not writing about the issue anymore because of its banality, but the situation is still critical. A fundraiser could simply involve talking with friends or family about the departure and recommending them our website.

Are there days off?
Yes.
The volunteer is always free to ask for half a day off or for a whole day. The coordinator takes responsibility for deciding the group’s days off.

 

Do I need I minimum or maximum age?
Yes.
You should be aged at least 18 years and in good health. You should be capable of doing manual labour for 10/12 hours a day, 6 or 7 days a week, with high temperatures in summer and cool winters.

Do I need to speak English?

Yes, a basic knowledge of English is required.

How does it work to become a volunteer?

 

Go to the “become a voluntary” icon and fill in the short form in the most precise and professional way. Remember that, being a volunteer in a refugee camp is not to be handled as a holiday but as a privilege that only few people have. Your participation mainly depends on the answers you will provide.

At this point the QRT organizing team will decide whether the volunteer is suitable for the experience or not. The team will inform you if there is availability in the period suggested by you. Communication takes place only and exclusivelyvia the official QRT email (info@quickresponseteam.gr), even if you are in contact with a member of the team. Please respect this point for the maximum success of our work.

The volunteer will receive all the necessary informationbefore departure and there will be no update on the current situation until soon before arrival in Greece by the on-site coordinator. In fact, the mission coordinator will be in contact with you, without an earlier exchange of numbers / contacts, neither with the volunteers nor with the coordinator.

How does it work to become a volunteer?

 

Go to the “become a voluntary” icon and fill in the short form in the most precise and professional way. Remember that, being a volunteer in a refugee camp is not to be handled as a holiday but as a privilege that only few people have. Your participation mainly depends on the answers you will provide.

At this point the QRT organizing team will decide whether the volunteer is suitable for the experience or not. The team will inform you if there is availability in the period suggested by you. Communication takes place only and exclusivelyvia the official QRT email (info@quickresponseteam.gr), even if you are in contact with a member of the team. Please respect this point for the maximum success of our work.

The volunteer will receive all the necessary informationbefore departure and there will be no update on the current situation until soon before arrival in Greece by the on-site coordinator. In fact, the mission coordinator will be in contact with you, without an earlier exchange of numbers / contacts, neither with the volunteers nor with the coordinator.

How do the transfers take place?

The organization provides a car to the coordinator and a car to the volunteers. For this reason we ask to bring along the (definitive for Swiss citizen) driving license, in case you have one.

Is it dangerous to enter the camps?

Generally it is not, but we can not give 100% certainty. Our experience tells us that the refugees are polite, civilized and respectful. However, there have been difficult situations, perhaps misunderstandings between different ethnic groups and stress among refugees which gave rise to fights. So far nothing has ever happened to a member of QRT due to the professionalism and reliability of our volunteers.