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Become a volunteer in Greece with International Volunteer HQ

Volunteer in Greece

Volunteer in Greece with International Volunteer HQ on a range of volunteer abroad projects, including Food Outreach, Kindergarten, School Support and Special Needs Care. IVHQ's volunteer opportunities in Greece are based in Chios, the fifth largest island of Greece. With low volunteer program fees and top rated volunteer projects, you will not find a more affordable and trustworthy volunteer travel organization in Greece.
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At a glance…

  • Available year-round
  • 4 meaningful project options
  • Projects based in Chios, the 5th largest island of Greece
  • Accommodation in self-contained volunteer apartments
  • Between 5 and 10 volunteers start in Greece each month
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, meals and 24/7 in-country support
  • Program fees from US$340 for 1 week (approximately CA$425)
  • Affordable Greek language lessons available
It went amazing! Words cannot describe it. It would be a dream to just be able to extend to stay another week. It’s been absolutely amazing and I can only think of next year and saving as much money as I can so that maybe I can go on another trip. It’s been nothing short of perfect. It’s exceeded my expectations. Thank you so much!
IVHQ Volunteer - Gabrielle Grove
Gabrielle Grove
Nationality: American
Age: 20
Destination: Greece
  • Most affordable fees - as the world leader in affordable volunteer travel, we’re able to keep our fees low by partnering with a local organization in Greece to support meaningful community projects and local employment.
  • Superior support - your experienced IVHQ Program Manager, teamed with our local team in Greece will ensure you feel supported every step of the way - from planning to volunteering.
  • Responsible projects - we’re dedicated to ensuring that our projects are responsibly run and have sustainable positive impacts that are supporting local needs.
  • Online training - as soon as you register on an IVHQ program, you will gain access to our interactive volunteer training to ensure you’re well prepared for your program.
  • Safety-first - volunteer safety is a top priority for IVHQ and we have clear standards for risk management on each program. You can feel confident that you are placed with trustworthy institutions, organizations and families that have been screened by our local teams.
  • New friendships - as an IVHQer, you’ll always be in the company of friendly locals and like-minded volunteer travelers who will quickly become your life-long friends.
  • Epic weekend adventures - you’ll have your weekends free to explore Greece with your new-found friends.

The IVHQ Greece volunteer program is located in Chios, the 5th largest island of Greece. Volunteer placements are located throughout communities on Chios island including Katarraktis, Kambos, Pygri and Vrontados. Volunteers are required to fly into Chios Island National Airport (JKH), which is a 10 to 13 hour flight from most major airports in Canada.

The Greece program begins on the second and fourth Monday of every month and volunteers can choose to volunteer for durations ranging from 1 week to 12 weeks.

Food Outreach

Your role on this project is to provide assistance in various centers providing daily meals to their residents. These include; Elderly Nursing Homes, Special Needs Care centers, Public Schools and Kindergartens. All centers prepare and distribute daily meals to individuals from various backgrounds including the elderly and children with fewer opportunities.

If you’re someone who has experience in food preparation, willing to work hard and have the rewarding experience of distributing meals to someone in need, then this is a great project for you!

Your tasks will include assisting in food preparation, distributing meals and cleaning. The elderly nursing home is supported by the local community and is home to the majority of elderly in Chios. The ‘School Kitchen’ supports local public school kitchens that prepare and distribute meals each day to the children and rely heavily on volunteer support to lighten the workload of the teachers and enable the program to further spread its reach.

To participate in this project, volunteers must stay for a minimum duration of 2 weeks and have previous experience in food preparation.

During the school holidays, some Food Outreach placements will close, but work continues by supporting Summer activity projects for children run by our local team in Greece. These are often in an outdoor environment and encourage learning through games rather than in a classroom setting. Volunteers need to be creative in designing activities which fit the topics being covered at the time. In addition to running games and activities, you may also complete light renovation tasks such as painting in schools, do beach litter cleanups and participate in cultural events.

School Holidays 2018/2019:

  • 15th June 2018 - 16th September 2018
  • 22nd December 2018 - 6th January 2019

Kindergarten

On the Kindergarten project volunteers are placed in Kindergartens and Nursery Schools throughout Chios Island. You can expect to assist the local teachers and staff with basic teaching and caring for children who range in age from 4 to 6 years. Classroom activities include; mathematics development, language and literacy development in addition to other topics covered within the Greece pre-school curriculum. Other tasks may include helping with arts and crafts, mealtimes, administration work and playing with the children during break time.

As volunteers work with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, you do not need to be a qualified or experienced Kindergarten teacher to participate.

Volunteers who apply for the Kindergarten project over the school holiday periods will support Summer activity projects run by our local team in Greece. These are often in an outdoor environment and encourage learning through games rather than in a classroom setting. Volunteers need to be creative in designing activities which fit the topics being covered at the time. In addition to running games and activities, you may also complete light renovation tasks such as painting in schools, do beach litter cleanups and participate in cultural events.

School Holidays 2018/2019:

  • 15th June 2018 - 16th September 2018
  • 22nd December 2018 - 6th January 2019

School Support

Volunteers on the School Support project will be placed in a local school and will assist local teachers in a number of different areas. Due to language barriers, volunteers do not teach independently and only support local teachers in the learning environment.

The students range in age from 3 to 12 years and follow the Greek curriculum of teaching. The aim of this project is to help stimulate an interest in learning among the students and to support the teachers when needed. This placement is ideal for volunteers that like to work in a structured environment.

Volunteer tasks may include assisting local teachers during their lessons, administration tasks as required and playing with the children during break time.

You do not have to be a qualified or experienced teacher to participate in the School Support project as you will receive guidance and support from the local coordinator and teacher. As most of the lessons are in Greek, volunteers have a supporting and observatory role. Visit our Online TEFL course page to learn how to gain an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate.

If you apply for the School Support project during the school holidays you will support Summer activity projects run by our local team in Greece. These are often in an outdoor environment and encourage learning through games rather than in a classroom setting. You will need to be creative in designing activities which fit the topics being covered at the time. In addition to running games and activities, you may also complete light renovation tasks such as painting in schools, do beach litter cleanups and participate in cultural events.

School Holidays 2018/2019:

  • 15th June 2018 - 16th September 2018
  • 22nd December 2018 - 6th January 2019

Special Needs Support

Volunteers on the Special Needs Support project will have the opportunity to work either in a school which provides care and education for people with special needs or in a specialized center for people with special needs. Both the school and the center provide education and care to individuals who have a range of disabilities from mild physical and mental disorders to severely limiting conditions such as cerebral palsy.

Volunteer tasks include, but are not limited to; one-on-one classroom assistance, assisting teachers with lessons, assisting in preparing creative activities and festivities, assisting with meal times and helping during physiotherapy routines. Volunteers will also help with supervising, assisting with excursions, general care and cleaning/chores as required.

To participate in this project, volunteers must stay for a minimum duration of 2 weeks and have previous experience with individuals with Special Needs.

During the school holidays, some Special Needs schools and centers will close, but work continues by supporting Summer activity projects run by our local team in Greece. These are often in an outdoor environment and encourage learning through games rather than in a classroom setting. Volunteers need to be creative in designing activities which fit the topics being covered at the time. In addition to running games and activities, you may also complete light renovation tasks such as painting in schools, do beach litter cleanups and participate in cultural events.

School Holidays 2018/19:

  • 15th June 2018 - 16th September 2018
  • 22nd December 2018 - 6th January 2019

The program orientation begins on the second and fourth Monday of every month, and volunteers need to arrive in Chios on the Sunday before your program start date.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Chios Island National Airport (JKH). Your airport pick-up is included in your Program Fee.

When you arrive, you will be greeted at the airport by a member of the local team and transported to the volunteer accommodation in Katarraktis. Your accommodation is covered by your Program Fee and includes the night before your program orientation.

If you are traveling in Greece prior to your volunteer program, we can arrange for you to be picked up from a prearranged location in Chios on the day before your program orientation.

Orientation will be held on the Monday morning of your volunteer program. The orientation which is run by the local team will include an introduction to the IVHQ Greece Program and Experimental, rules and expectations, health and safety, do’s and don’ts in Chios, basic Greek language lesson, cultural knowledge and a brief city tour. Orientation will also give you a chance to sign up for Greek language lessons and to meet other volunteers with whom you can swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. You will also be introduced to your specific placement during the orientation.

On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local team member and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with.

You will have a morning or afternoon shift and will work for approximately 3 to 5 hours per day. A typical morning schedule is as follows:

7:30 AM Breakfast at the volunteer apartment

8.30 AM Travel to placement to join local placement staff and begin work on your project. Please note that start times and daily workload depends on the project that you are participating on.

1.30 PM Work at the placement usually ends. You will travel back to the volunteer apartment for lunch or in some cases eat a packed lunch at your placement.

2:30 PM You are free to plan for the following day’s activities or use your free time as you wish. This could include sightseeing, some shopping or taking Greek language lessons.

8:30 PM Dinner at the volunteer apartment. After dinner, you will have the remainder of the evening free to relax and use as you wish.

Please note this schedule will vary depending on the needs of your particular project.

On the Greece program, volunteers are accommodated in self-contained apartments located in Katarraktis. The self contained apartments can accommodate up to 30 guests and you can expect to share a room with 4 to 6 other volunteers of the same gender. During the busier months, a secondary accommodation is also used, which is a dormitory style volunteer house located in Vrontados. This volunteer house can accommodate up to 12 guests and volunteers can expect to share a room with up to 4 other volunteers of the same gender.

Both accommodation options have shared western bathrooms and bedding is also provided. Towels are not provided so volunteers do need to bring their own towels. WiFi is also available at the volunteer accommodation. It is the responsibility of the volunteer to ensure their rooms is kept tidy during their time on the program. Volunteers are also responsible for cleaning the dishware, glassware, cutlery and cooking utensils that they use.

Private room upgrades are also possible for an additional cost, subject to availability. The cost for a single room is US$35 (approximately CA$45) per person, per night. A double room is US$25 (approximately CA$30) per person, per night and a triple room is US$15 (approximately CA$18) per person, per night. This can be arranged with the local team directly, once registered.

It’s important to note that the Greece program has quiet hours each day in which volunteers must ensure not to make excessive noise, to respect others who live in the community nearby to the accommodation. The quiet hours are from 3pm to 5:30pm and from 11pm to 8am.

From Monday to Friday, volunteers are provided with three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and a light dinner). Breakfast is self-serve at the volunteer accommodation with ingredients provided for volunteers to prepare their own breakfast as needed. Cereal, fruit, bread, spreads, juice and coffee will be provided for breakfast. Lunch will be a cooked meal at your placement and is usually the biggest meal of the day. You can expect vegetables or salad, bread or other carbohydrates, and some protein. An afternoon lunch box which includes a light dinner will be provided in the afternoon. As eating out is common and affordable in Greece, volunteers will need to inform the local team on a daily basis if will not require their packed meals to ensure adequate catering. If you skip a mealtime, you will forfeit that meal. During the weekend, a self-serve breakfast will still be available to volunteers at the accommodation, however, lunch and dinner are not provided over the weekend. It is not possible to drink the tap water in Greece, however, bottled water is readily available and you should budget approximately US$10 (approximately CA$12) per week for this.

“It went amazing! Words cannot describe it. It would be a dream to just be able to extend to stay another week. It’s been absolutely amazing and I can only think of next year and saving as much money as I can so that maybe I can go on another trip. It’s been nothing short of perfect. It’s exceeded my expectations. Thank you so much!” - Gabrielle Grove (Kindergarten Volunteer in Greece)

Read more reviews from IVHQ volunteers in Greece here.

Greece

Length of program Program Fee $USD
1 week $340
2 weeks $660
3 weeks $980
4 weeks $1,200
5 weeks $1,420
6 weeks $1,640
8 weeks $2,080
10 weeks $2,520
12 weeks $2,960
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 on top of the Program Fee (partially refundable until 60 days before your program start date*). A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • To convert these prices to your local currency click here.
  • Discounts on language lessons
  • * Terms and Conditions do apply
What extra costs will I have?
  • Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check, transport to and from your placement ($50-$75 per week), souvenirs, in-country trips or tours.
  • Transfer back to the airport at conclusion of the program
  • Spending money - Volunteers in Greece generally find US$150 to be sufficient for basic weekly expenses
Registration Fee
What it covers
  • Most affordable program fees
  • Dedicated support from a volunteer expert
  • Complete MyIVHQ account access
  • Online volunteer training
  • Comprehensive program guide
  • Deals on flights and travel insurance
  • IVHQ alumni membership
Program Fee
What it covers
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Program orientation
  • Volunteer placement
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Discounts on language lessons

Volunteers have the weekends free and there is no shortage of great things to see and do in Chios and wider Greece! The country is overflowing with history, culture, cuisine and natural beauty! Volunteers can fill their free time in Chios Island visiting the many historical sites, beautiful beaches, dining on incredible food or even taking a day trip to Turkey. Volunteers can experience ancient and unique medieval villages such as Anavatos, Mesta and Pyrgi as well as many monasteries, museums and archeological sites throughout the island. Nature buffs can also enjoy the many hikes, diverse flora and fauna and the amazing coastline that the island has to offer. Volunteers staying for longer durations, or who wish to travel before or after their program, can visit areas further afield in Greece including Athens, the many Greek Islands and so much more! Volunteers can make travel arrangements once in Chios, with the advice and guidance of our local team.

See our Greece Travel and Tours page for more volunteer travel options in Greece!

Capital Athens
Population 11.18 Million
Languages Greek
Currency Euro (EUR)
Time zone UTC+02:00

Weather and climate: The climate in Greece is a very typical Mediterranean climate: mild and rainy winters and hot and dry summers with long periods of sunshine and no rain. Weather in Chios, where the IVHQ volunteer program is based, is pleasant throughout the year. During January, the average temperature in Chios is around 50°F (10 °C) and 81.5°F (27.5 °C) in July. In the Summer months there is generally no rain, however during December the average rainfall is 5.3 In (135mm). You can expect windy days all year round is Chios.

Volunteers must be over 18 years of age at the beginning of the program. Volunteers must speak fluent English. Volunteers on the Special Needs Support and Food Outreach projects must have relevant experience and stay for a minimum duration of 2 weeks. All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a recent criminal background check to IVHQ after registering on the program.

Free Interactive Volunteer Training - All volunteers are encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training, which is available exclusively to registered IVHQ volunteers. The training is designed to build an understanding of important aspects that need to be considered before embarking on an IVHQ program. It helps volunteers to prepare in the right way by providing advice on what it takes to be a safe, responsible and valuable volunteer. Try a sample of the training here.

Volunteer Language Lessons

We recommend that volunteers take advantage of the very affordable Greek lessons offered exclusively to IVHQ volunteers by our program staff in Greece. These language courses are organized during your program orientation and are tailored to each volunteer’s current level of Greek. We believe that taking these lessons can help you immensely with your day to day volunteer work and communicating with local people.

  • 5 hours of group lessons: US$84 per person (minimum 4 people)
  • 5 hours of private lessons: US$112

How to get started

Pick a destination + project and apply for free
Meet your personal volunteer travel expert
Pay the registration fee to secure your place and upgrade your MyIVHQ account
Get ready to volunteer abroad, we’ll support you every step of the way!