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Ethical Fashion Volunteer Program in Greece - Athens

Ethical Fashion Volunteer Program in Greece - Athens

Purpose
Help make fashion more sustainable
Start dates
Programs start every first and third Monday of the month
Duration
Choose from 4-12 weeks
Volunteer hours
Up to 5 hours a day
Age
Volunteers aged 18+
Accommodation
Sustainable hostel in Athens
Program fees
From £1441 for 4 weeks
What's included
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This program is ideal for:

Volunteers with an interest in fashion and a desire to make the industry more sustainable and ethical.

Project details

Passionate about fashion and want to help make it more sustainable as a volunteer in Greece - Athens? International Volunteer HQ’s Ethical Fashion project gives you the opportunity to join an amazing community of organizations that open up employment to refugees and survivors of human trafficking. You’ll be helping advocate for ethical and sustainable fashion in today’s world of fast fashion and directly supporting the upcycling and recycling fashion movement in Greece.

What to expect and how you'll make an impact

Efforts within the fashion industry have been made to start adopting more sustainable practices, such as creating sustainable collections with recycled materials, donating surplus clothing, and upcycling out of date collections. Upcycled fashion takes clothes which would have otherwise been thrown away and reinvents them. As a result of this, clothes are repurposed to create new garments, rather than being thrown into landfills.

You will volunteer directly with local non-profit organizations that are creating ethically made fashion apparel from upcycled materials, distributing repurposed clothing, and offering equal employment opportunities to refugees and survivors of human trafficking.

Volunteers are needed for manual tasks in the collection factory, sorting and cleaning clothes. As well as communication and coordination support in workshops and social media support in content creation and filmmaking.

Your tasks will vary day-to-day but can include:

  • Collecting clothing from donation drop-off points and transporting it back to the sorting factory
  • Sorting donated clothing into relevant categories. Good condition clothing is cleaned and donated
  • Clothing which can’t be donated is cleaned and passed on to the upcycling team to create new clothing and other fashion items
  • Packaging and sealing clothing bundles for donation
  • Distributing clothing bundles
  • Facilitating and organizing events and workshops
Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Contributes to United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Cities account for approximately 70% of global carbon emissions and over 60% of resource use, with low-socioeconomic areas hit hardest by overburdened infrastructure and worsening pollution. Cities must evolve to provide better access to basic services for all, including housing, transportation and clean air.

Why do Ethical Fashion volunteering in Athens with IVHQ?

As an Ethical Fashion volunteer in Athens you’ll be adding value to the local community, while also developing personally and professionally by:

  • Learning about how non-profits in Greece operate
  • Directly advocating for ethical and sustainable fashion
  • Learning about the recycling and upcycling of clothes
  • Connecting with people from different backgrounds and cultures
  • Immersing yourself in Greek culture
  • Discovering the ancient history of Athens

Volunteer requirements

Volunteers need to be 18 years or over to participate in this program. If you are under the age of 18, IVHQ offers alternative volunteer opportunities for teens. Visit our High School Volunteer Abroad page to learn more.

Volunteers must speak fluent English. All volunteers are required to have adequate volunteer travel insurance and provide a recent criminal background check to IVHQ after registering on the program.

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What recent volunteers said about their IVHQ experience

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Maggie Schubach
14 May 2024

I have gained so much from this experience and feel that I am a different person than I was the day I started. I built such strong connections with the people I was working with and hope I had just as much an impact on them as they did on me. If you are hesitant or nervous about volunteering, take the leap of faith and do it. It can be scary at first but you will have such a great support system to get you through it from start to finish. By the end you won’t want it to be over!

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Joel Baker-Smith
10 Apr 2024

Great opportunity to experience a city in greater detail all the while doing something productive and helpful.

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Francesco Andrea Rossi
20 Feb 2024

I loved volunteering with IVHQ. The Greece Program was amazing. I loved exploring the various food markets in Athens and I feel extremely good because I know I did something for others.

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Sabrina Tomlinson
13 Dec 2023

I can confidently say volunteering was the best decision of my life and I have already signed up for another 12 weeks in Bali with someone I met on the trip. I was a very anxious person before going but I believe this trip has helped settle it. I’ve become so much more confident, I feel I learned so much from the people volunteering at the dog shelter, the dogs, everyone I met, and just from being in Greece for so long. I got to immerse myself in their lifestyle which was very different but amazing. I constantly pushed myself out of my comfort zone and in return it was the most rewarding and impactful trip of my life.

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Fernando Castro
31 Oct 2023

IVHQ did an amazing job with their guidance and preparation resources, I hope to work with them again. The local team did exceptional work. Their communication and organization were outstanding, making it easy for volunteers to contribute effectively.

Volunteering at a dog shelter in Greece was an incredibly rewarding experience. The opportunity to work closely with the shelter's dedicated staff and the dogs in their care left a lasting impression on me. The shelter staff exhibited an unwavering commitment to the well-being of the dogs. Their passion and tireless efforts to provide food, shelter, and love to these animals were evident every day. Their dedication to creating a safe and nurturing environment for the dogs was truly inspiring.

During my time there, I had the chance to engage in various tasks, from feeding and grooming the dogs to taking them for walks and providing socialization. It was heartwarming to witness the positive changes in the dogs' behavior and demeanor as they received attention and care. Overall, my time volunteering at the dog shelter in Greece was a life-changing experience, thanks in large part to the incredible local staff, and IVHQ, and their dedication. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to have been a part of this meaningful endeavor, and I hope to return in the future to continue supporting their vital work.

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Hannah Picerno
02 Aug 2023

I went in to my volunteering experience not knowing what volunteering with homeless people would be like. This project opened my eyes to the reality of homelessness. The locals organizers' passion for their work was inspiring and makes me want to continue volunteering on projects like this. I was hesitant to volunteer as a solo traveler as I felt that I may feel lonely or homesick but the in-country volunteer coordinator was so helpful. The hostel is a great way to meet people and make great friends. I would highly recommend this trip to anyone wanting to volunteering in Greece.

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Academic course credit

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Location

Volunteer Abroad in Greece with IVHQ

Location

The IVHQ Greece program is based in Athens, the country’s largest and capital city, as well as one of the world’s oldest cities! Famous for its art, philosophy and culture, you’ll have the chance to step back through time and witness fascinating museums, historic sculptures and ancient ruins up to 5,000 years old.

There are plenty of awesome viewpoints around Athens, from which you can admire the city’s architectural gems, labyrinthe of streets and charming taverns. Or you can soak up the sun on the city’s beaches and nearby islands. Don’t forget to treat your taste buds to the local Mediterranean cuisine - you can’t beat a Greek salad!

Arrival and orientation

The Greece volunteer program begins on the first and third Monday of each month and you will need to arrive in Athens on the Sunday before your chosen start date.

After you have registered for the program, please book your flights to arrive at Athens International Airport (ATH). The cost of 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 taken to the volunteer accommodation. 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 meeting point in Athens on the Sunday before your program start date. You are also free to make your own way to the volunteer accommodation.

On Monday, orientation is hosted by our local team in Greece and runs for a full day. Orientation covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Athens – an introduction to Greece, culture and customs, rules and expectations, safety, travel opportunities, and an introduction to your project and placement as well as a tour of the local area. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing.

Volunteer schedule example

Weekdays

After the initial orientation, you will have a morning, afternoon or evening shift at your placement and will work for approximately 3 to 5 hours per day. A typical schedule is as follows:

7:30 AM - 10:00 AM Breakfast is available at the volunteer accommodation and is self-service.
8:30 AM Volunteers usually begin traveling to their placement to join local placement staff and begin work on their project. Please note that start times and daily workload depends on the project that you are participating in - some placements run in the afternoon and volunteers on these placements will have the morning free to use as they wish or to attend Greek language lessons.
2:00 PM - 3.30 PM Lunch is available at the volunteer accommodation. After lunch, you will continue your volunteer work (where applicable).
4:00 PM Volunteers with afternoon or evening shifts travel to placement to join local staff and begin work on their project. Please note that start times and daily work load depend on the project you are participating in.
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM Dinner is available at the volunteer accommodation. After dinner you will have the remainder of the evening free to relax and use as you wish.

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

Weekends

Volunteers have the weekends free and there is no shortage of great things to see and do in Athens, wider Greece and the surrounding Greek Islands.

Accommodation and WiFi

Volunteers are accommodated in a dormitory-style hostel conveniently located in the heart of Athens. Experience the ultimate blend of comfort, community, and cultural exchange. Just a stone’s throw away from the nearest metro station and a short drive from the iconic Acropolis, the hostel is the perfect base for your volunteering adventure.

Immerse yourself in the lively neighborhood, brimming with amenities such as supermarkets, quaint coffee shops, bustling bars, convenient ATMs, and all transportation means. Expect cozy accommodations shared with up to eleven other people per room, complete with air conditioning for comfort. There are two well-maintained shared bathrooms on each floor to ensure convenience, while bedding and towels are provided for your ease. There are staff who clean the accommodation throughout the week; however, volunteers are required to keep their rooms tidy. Each volunteer is provided with their own locker.

The communal areas, including a spacious dining hall/warm lounge, a fully equipped communal kitchen, inviting backyard, and an expansive terrace, celebrate the different cultures and stories that arrive at the hostel. This vibrant space is a hub of social inclusion and sustainability, offering a welcoming atmosphere where guests from around the globe can connect. The hostel extends occupational opportunities to migrants and refugees in Athens, embodying a spirit of community empowerment. Its decor, an ode to sustainable living, features charming second-hand furnishings and supports local, ethical businesses.

WiFi is available at the volunteer accommodation and is free of charge. Please note that the signal may be weaker in some areas. There is also WiFi available at many cafes and restaurants in the area.

Meals

Volunteers at the hostel are provided with breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. Breakfast is served buffet-style, typically offering tea, coffee, milk, bread, jam, cereal, and seasonal fruits.

Lunch and dinner menus usually feature a variety of options including fish, meat, rice, pasta, lentils, vegetables, and salad.

Volunteers are encouraged to communicate any special dietary needs when submitting their application, so arrangements can be made accordingly. As you will be living and volunteering abroad, you should not expect to eat as you normally do at home; however, the local team will do their best to ensure you are well taken care of.

Pricing

  • USD

Spots are limited. For a Registration Fee of just US$329 (approximately £267) you secure your spot and unlock all our preparation and training tools.

You don't need to worry about paying your Program Fee until you get closer to your start date.

Duration
Program Fee
Due 30 days before you start, or within 48 hours if you register inside of 30 days. Covers the cost of hosting you.
  • USD
4 weeks $1,770 Equivalent to $63/day
5 weeks $2,130 Equivalent to $61/day
6 weeks $2,490 Equivalent to $59/day
8 weeks $3,210 Equivalent to $57/day
10 weeks $3,930 Equivalent to $56/day
12 weeks $4,650 Equivalent to $55/day
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee of US$329 (approximately £267) in addition to the Program Fee. This covers all pre-departure support services.
  • A 5% international banking fee is added at point of payment.
  • Recommended spending money: Volunteers in Athens generally find US$100 to be sufficient for weekly expenses including, transportation, water and miscellaneous spending.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Airport pick-up
  • Accommodation
  • 24/7 in-country support
  • In-country program orientation
  • Pre-departure support from your Program Manager
  • Personalised preparation tools, guides and check lists
  • Access to IVHQ’s preferred insurance and flights partners
  • Certificate of International Volunteer Service

Learn more about what's included in your IVHQ Registration Fee and Program Fee.

  • Transport to and from your placement each day
  • Return to the airport when your program finishes
  • Flights
  • Visa (if required), travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
  • Personal spending money for snacks, laundry, public transportation, drinks and leisure activities during your free time.

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Safety and support

Safety and support with IVHQ

Safety and support

IVHQ follows best practice and industry-leading health and safety procedures, which are regularly reviewed and optimized as part of the B Corporation recertification.

  • All volunteers encouraged to complete our interactive pre-departure training.
  • All local teams trained on best practice volunteer management & First Aid.
  • All IVHQ programs are required to adhere to IVHQ's Risk Management Policy.
  • All volunteers have access to 24/7 in-country support from our local team.
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Essential country information

Essential country information

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.

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