• Is there a minimum stay required?

Yes, the minimum is 3 weeks.

This will allow you to acclimatise and integrate into the community, to get an overall idea of life in the camp and not to draw rash conclusions. Through experience we have come to the conclusion that a shorter period of stay is confusing, firstly for the volunteer, secondly for the community, and therefore for the coordination of the mission itself.

  • Is there a minimum/maximum age requirement?

Yes. You must be at least 18 years old.

  • Do I need to be able to speak English?

A knowledge of English is necessary to work with the people living in the camp and to integrate in the best way possible with the team of volunteers, which is often international. 

  • Do I have to self-finance my stay?

Yes. Such a mission has important costs and the food and accommodation of the volunteer cannot be covered by the organisation. However, sleeping in the QRT flats is cheap and Thessaloniki is not an expensive city.

  • What about accommodation?

As far as accommodation is concerned, the QRT flats are mostly located in the upper part of Thessaloniki and are all equipped with a kitchen, a bathroom and shared rooms.

The cost: € 10/night

However, starting from the second month of stay there is a discount.

  • How does the process of becoming a volunteer work?

Click on the “Become a volunteer” icon and answer the questions as precisely as possible. It is important to note that this is a humanitarian mission and, as such, should not be approached in the spirit of a holiday. Acceptance of your application will depend mainly on the answers you provide.

If your application is accepted, you will receive the necessary rules and information to know before your departure. A few days before your arrival in Greece you will be contacted by the coordinator.

Please remember that communication should only and exclusively take place via the official email of the organisation (quickresponseteamgreece@gmail.com), even if you know a member of the team.

  • Should I do a fundraiser before leaving?

That would be the best! So… yes!

Fundraising is essential. Indeed, without the money raised by volunteers, it would be difficult to do what we are doing in Greece. Fundraising can also consist of talking to friends and family about the future departure, in order to stimulate their interest and possible support in financial terms. The organisation’s account details can be found on the website.

  • Are there days off during the week?

Yes. In addition, the volunteer is free to take a half or full day off when and if he/she feels the need.

  • Is it dangerous to enter and work in the camps?

It is natural to say no, but there is no 100% guarantee. Working in such sensitive contexts means dealing with delicate situations that are difficult to accept and understand. There are thousands of people who live in limbo every day, so behind those smiles are hidden fragilities and concerns that must be respected. Moreover, in the camps, several ethnic groups are forced to live in the same place. The suffering and difficult living conditions have on several occasions led to physical confrontations between refugees, without any volunteers ever being involved.