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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 Support, 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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Why volunteer with IVHQ?

Unmatched Options
Unmatched Options
Unmatched Options
Join 5-20 volunteers in supporting one of four meaningful projects in Greece.
Proven Safety
Proven Safety
Proven Safety
Our focus on safety means you'll be supported by a personal travel expert, picked up at the airport and have 24/7 support in Greece.
Affordable Quality
Affordable Quality
Affordable Quality
Our vetted Greece program starts at $700 for two weeks including breakfast, accommodation, support and more.
Meaningful Experiences
Meaningful Experiences
Meaningful Experiences
In 2019, volunteers contributed 600+ volunteer hours to provide help where it was most needed. You will build on that impact.

What you’ll experience in Greece:

  • A responsible volunteer placement
  • Airport pick-up
  • Accommodation in self-contained volunteer apartments or houses
  • Orientation to life in Greece + guidance to make the most of your volunteering
  • 24/7 support in Greece
  • Access to affordable Greek language lessons
  • Unforgettable memories and life-long friendships
Watch IVHQ volunteers abroad in Greece
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

Volunteer opportunities in Greece

Food Outreach in Chios
Food Outreach volunteer in Greece with IVHQ
Improves health & wellbeing
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Help serve 100+ much-needed meals
Help to prepare and distribute daily meals for vulnerable people in nursing homes, schools and kindergartens.
Suited to:
High school students Spring break Gap year Solo travelers

Food Outreach in

For centers such as nursing homes, schools and kindergartens, meal time is a busy but important time of the day - ensuring the vulnerable people who use these centers are fed a healthy, nutritious meal.

If you’re someone who has some experience in food preparation, is willing to work hard and be part of the rewarding experience of assisting in kitchens to distribute meals, then this is a great project for you! Experience does not need to be extensive but you should be competent and confident in a kitchen. Your tasks will include assisting in basic food preparation, distributing meals, washing dishes and cleaning up.

Depending on your specific placement, you can expect to assist with up to two meals per day, and possibly also mid-morning snacks.

Volunteers can be placed in an elderly nursing home, which is supported by the local community and is home to the majority of elderly people in Chios. Another placement option is in kitchens in kindergartens, helping to prepare and distribute meals to children. This placement relies heavily on volunteer support to lighten the workload of teachers so it can make a bigger impact.

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 run outdoors and encourage learning through games rather than in a classroom. Volunteers can be creative in designing activities which fit the topics being covered at the time. In addition to running games and activities, you may also be given other tasks such as painting in schools, helping with beach litter cleanups and participating in cultural events.

School Holidays 2019/2020:

  • 10th June 2019 - 20th September 2019
  • 24th December 2019 - 10th January 2020
Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $700 for 2 weeks
  • Help with all aspects of preparing and distributing meals to vulnerable people
  • Volunteering in nursing homes, schools and kindergartens
  • Suited to volunteers who are confident in a kitchen
  • Volunteer for up to four hours per day
Destination Highlights
Greece at a glance
  • Based on the island of Chios, east of mainland Greece
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, breakfast and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a self-contained apartment or dormitory-style volunteer house
  • Minimum duration of two weeks
  • Between 5 and 20 volunteers start in Greece each month
Also available in Greece
Our project options
Food Outreach Volunteer Project in Greece - Chios Kindergarten Support Volunteer in Chios - Greece School Support Volunteer Project in Chios - Greece Special Needs Support Volunteer Program in Greece - Chios
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Kindergarten Support in Chios
Kindergarten Support volunteer in Greece with IVHQ
Increases access to education
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Awesome variety of volunteer tasks
Assist local early childhood teachers with all aspects of running a kindergarten. Help in a variety of roles both inside and outside the classroom, laying important foundations for teachers and providing a layer of support.
Suited to:
College students High school students Spring break Gap year Early childhood teachers Teachers

Kindergarten Support in

The early years are hugely influential for growing children, and positive influences at the kindergarten stage can make a significant difference to a child’s development.

On the Kindergarten Support project volunteers are placed in kindergartens and nursery schools throughout Chios. You can expect to assist local teachers and staff with their daily routine, caring for children between 3 - 6 years old. Volunteers should not expect to teach and your main role is to assist local teachers and placement staff, which may mean playing a supporting or observational role. Please note, language barriers may also restrict your ability to do hands-on work.

Classroom activities include helping the local teachers and staff with arts and crafts, mealtimes, cleaning, administration work, classroom preparation and re-arrangements as well as supervising during break time. Volunteers need to take initiative, improvise, be flexible and willing to get involved in a variety of different tasks as needed.

As volunteers work with the support of IVHQ’s local team and placement staff, you do not need to have prior kindergarten teaching experience, however you are required to have some experience helping to care for children.

Volunteers who apply for the Kindergarten Support project over school holiday periods will support summer activity projects run by our local team in Greece. These are often run outdoors and encourage learning through games rather than in a classroom. Volunteers can be creative in designing activities which fit the topics being covered at the time. In addition to running games and activities, you may also be given other tasks such as painting in schools, helping with beach litter cleanups and participating in cultural events.

School Holidays 2019/2020:

  • 10th June 2019 - 20th September 2019
  • 24th December 2019 - 10th January 2020
Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $700 for 2 weeks
  • Suited to volunteers passionate about early childhood education
  • Assist local teachers, helping with all aspects of daily tasks
  • Volunteering in kindergartens
  • Volunteers should have experience caring for young children
  • Volunteer for up to five hours per day
Destination Highlights
Greece at a glance
  • Based on the island of Chios, east of mainland Greece
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, breakfast and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a self-contained apartment or dormitory-style volunteer house
  • Minimum duration of two weeks
  • Between 5 and 20 volunteers start in Greece each month
Also available in Greece
Our project options
Food Outreach Volunteer Project in Greece - Chios Kindergarten Support Volunteer in Chios - Greece School Support Volunteer Project in Chios - Greece Special Needs Support Volunteer Program in Greece - Chios
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Europe
Belgium Croatia Greece Italy Portugal Romania Spain All Europe
School Support in Chios
School Support volunteer in Greece with IVHQ
Increases access to education
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Limited space left
Provide valuable assistance to teachers and administrators at local schools, helping to lay the groundwork for success in the classroom.
Suited to:
Teachers Spring break Gap year College students

School Support in

School support staff play an important but often overlooked role - empowering teachers and helping to stimulate an interest in learning through an additional layer of support.

As a volunteer on the School Support project in Greece, you’ll be on hand to assist teachers with all aspects of their day-to-day activities. This is a dynamic role that will throw unexpected challenges at you, but reward those with initiative and flexibility.

Volunteers are placed in local schools, assisting teachers in a variety of areas and helping to inspire an interest in learning among the students, who range in age from 6-12.

Your tasks may include assisting local teachers during their lessons, helping with arts and crafts, cleaning, administration work, classroom preparation and re-arrangements as well as supervising during break time. Volunteers need to improvize and be willing to get involved in a variety of different tasks as needed. Most classroom lessons are in Greek, which means your role will be mostly supporting or observational, and it’s unlikely you will teach classes independently.

You do not need to have prior teaching experience to participate in the School Support project, as you will receive guidance and support from the local coordinator and teacher. However, you are required to be fluent in English and have had some previous experience working with children.

Volunteers will benefit from having taken a teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) course, and IVHQ offers an internationally-recognized TEFL certification at a discounted rate. Visit our Online TEFL page for more information.

Volunteers who apply for the School Support project over school holiday periods will support summer activity projects run by our local team in Greece. These are often run outdoors and encourage learning through games rather than in a classroom. Volunteers can be creative in designing activities which fit the topics being covered at the time. In addition to running games and activities, you may also be given other tasks such as painting in schools, helping with beach litter cleanups and participating in cultural events.

School Holidays 2019/2020:

  • 10th June 2019 - 20th September 2019
  • 24th December 2019 - 10th January 2020
Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $700 for 2 weeks
  • Suited to volunteers with a passion for education
  • Volunteering in local schools, supporting teachers and staff where needed
  • Volunteers should have prior experience looking after children
  • Volunteer for up to four hours per day
Destination Highlights
Greece at a glance
  • Based on the island of Chios, east of mainland Greece
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, breakfast and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a self-contained apartment or dormitory-style volunteer house
  • Minimum duration of two weeks
  • Between 5 and 20 volunteers start in Greece each month
Also available in Greece
Our project options
Food Outreach Volunteer Project in Greece - Chios Kindergarten Support Volunteer in Chios - Greece School Support Volunteer Project in Chios - Greece Special Needs Support Volunteer Program in Greece - Chios
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Europe
Belgium Croatia Greece Italy Portugal Romania Spain All Europe
Special Needs Support in Chios
Special Needs Support volunteer in Greece with IVHQ
Improves health & wellbeing
3-5 hours volunteering per day
Requires prior experience
Support local staff in schools or centers to deliver education, care and other other routine tasks to help those with special needs to live more dignified and meaningful lives.
Suited to:
Special needs teachers College students Mature volunteers

Special Needs Support in

For people who live with disabilities, having personalized care can make a big difference to their ability to live productive lives. By volunteering on the Special Needs Support project, you’re able to be a part of that care and see the importance of it in action.

As a volunteer, you’ll assist either in a school 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 people who have a range of disabilities from mild physical and mental disorders to severely limiting conditions such as cerebral palsy.

Working with trained staff, volunteers assist teachers with their daily routine, which can involve arts and crafts, administration work, classroom preparation and re-arrangements, preparing creative activities and festivities, and assisting with meal times and physiotherapy routines. Volunteers may also help with student supervision, assisting with excursions, general care and cleaning/chores as required.

Duties will be primarily supporting and observing local staff, so you should be flexible in your approach and open to helping wherever it’s required.

Volunteers who apply for the Special Needs Care project over school holiday periods will support summer activity projects run by our local team in Greece. These are often run outdoors and encourage learning through games rather than in a classroom. Volunteers can be creative in designing activities which fit the topics being covered at the time. In addition to running games and activities, you may also be given other tasks such as painting in schools, helping with beach litter cleanups and participating in cultural events.

School Holidays 2019/2020:

  • 10th June 2019 - 20th September 2019
  • 24th December 2019 - 10th January 2020
Project Highlights
What you need to know
  • Affordable fees from $700 for 2 weeks
  • Support proving {% tt terms.personalized %} care to those living with special needs
  • Volunteers must have prior experience working with people with special needs
  • Suited to volunteers with a passion for working with the disabled
  • Volunteer for up to five hours per day
Destination Highlights
Greece at a glance
  • Based on the island of Chios, east of mainland Greece
  • Program fees include airport pick-up, orientation, accommodation, breakfast and 24/7 in-country support
  • Accommodation in a self-contained apartment or dormitory-style volunteer house
  • Minimum duration of two weeks
  • Between 5 and 20 volunteers start in Greece each month
Also available in Greece
Our project options
Food Outreach Volunteer Project in Greece - Chios Kindergarten Support Volunteer in Chios - Greece School Support Volunteer Project in Chios - Greece Special Needs Support Volunteer Program in Greece - Chios
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Europe
Belgium Croatia Greece Italy Portugal Romania Spain All Europe
  • 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.

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!