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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 $740 for two weeks including meals, 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
  • Breakfast and lunch during the week
  • 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

Projects in Greece

Kindergarten Support in Greece
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 Greece

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. 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. Your main role is to assist local teachers and placement staff, which may mean playing a supporting or observational role. Language barriers may also restrict your ability to do hands-on work.

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 $740 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
Program 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 lunch each day 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
Kindergarten Support Food Outreach Special Needs Support School Support
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Europe
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Food Outreach in Greece
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 Greece

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 $740 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
Program 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 lunch each day 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
Kindergarten Support Food Outreach Special Needs Support School Support
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Europe
Belgium Croatia Greece Italy - Naples Italy - Rome Portugal Romania Spain Spain - Barcelona All Europe
Special Needs Support in Greece
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 Greece

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 $740 for 2 weeks
  • Support proving 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
Program 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 lunch each day 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
Kindergarten Support Food Outreach Special Needs Support School Support
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Europe
Belgium Croatia Greece Italy - Naples Italy - Rome Portugal Romania Spain Spain - Barcelona All Europe
School Support in Greece
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 Greece

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 $740 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
Program 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 lunch each day 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
Kindergarten Support Food Outreach Special Needs Support School Support
Other programs you might like
Our programs in Europe
Belgium Croatia Greece Italy - Naples Italy - Rome Portugal Romania Spain Spain - Barcelona All Europe

The IVHQ Greece volunteer program is located in Chios, the 5th largest island of Greece. Volunteer placements are located throughout communities on Chios island.

The Greece program begins on the second and fourth Monday of every month and volunteers can choose to volunteer for durations ranging from 2 weeks to 12 weeks.

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. 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

8.00 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.

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 or in a volunteer house. The self-contained apartments, in Katarraktis, can accommodate up to 30 guests and you can expect to share a room with 4 to 6 other volunteers of the same gender. The volunteer house 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 $35 per person, per night. A double room is $25 per person, per night and a triple room is $15 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 breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is self-serve at the volunteer accommodation with ingredients provided for volunteers to prepare their own breakfast as needed. Bread, milk, cereal, butter, marmalade, tea, coffee, and fruit 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. 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 is 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 $10 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 Support Volunteer in Greece)

Read more reviews from IVHQ volunteers in Greece here.

Greece

Length of Program Program Fee $USD
2 weeks $740
3 weeks $1,060
4 weeks $1,280
5 weeks $1,500
6 weeks $1,720
8 weeks $2,160
10 weeks $2,600
12 weeks $3,040
  • All programs attract a Registration Fee (from 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 see prices in your local currency, use this currency converter.
  • 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
  • Dinner each night as well as lunch on the weekends
  • 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!