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A Drop in the Ocean

A Drop in the Ocean

A Drop in the Ocean ensures that the needs of displaced persons are met in a dignified manner. We contribute through our three main programmes:  


Non-Formal Education

Integration programs

Community Empowerment Mobilisation

Humanitarian Aid


Our programmes contribute to a meaningful everyday life and future. We support displaced persons’ educational development and encourage integration and professional development through language training and IT-courses. Through activities such as sports, arts and crafts, and different social spaces, we promote psychosocial well-being and contribute to a sense of community. Our humanitarian aid programme aims to meet camp residents’ essential needs through dignified distributions of food, clothes, diapers, and other necessary items.


Our work is implemented by experienced coordinators and volunteer field workers who meet our requirements and have attended our mandatory training.    

  • Where is it?


    • Lesvos, Mavrovouni CCAC
    • Athens, Victoria Community Center
  • What will I be doing?

    What does A Drop in the Ocean do in Athens?

    A Drop in the Ocean organise activities focusing on our programme areas Integration Support, and Non Formal Education.

    We offer activities such as Greek, English and Computer classes, as well as employability support on interview preparation, CV writing and job searching and application. As a volunteer, you will be asked to provide English, IT, Greek and/or Employability classes along a professional team of coordinators from 10 am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.


    What does A Drop in the Ocean do in Lesvos?

    Humanitarian Aid

    Laundry service

    On a daily basis, our teams collect clothes to be washed from families, singles and protection referrals. In our laundry station, we wash all incoming bags to medical standards contributing to our capacity as part of the medical protocol for skin diseases eradication. Additionally, through referrals from the medical sector, we train our staff to offer guided and practical information about scabies.

    Community Empowerment Mobilisation

    To run our laundry project in camp, we receive the support of resident volunteers representing every nationality living in Mavrovouni. In connection with International volunteers and coordinators, we run various language cafes, job readiness projects and team building exercises to engage the residents volunteers, creating an inclusive environment in our space in camp, giving an opportunity for activities in a camp with limited access to recreational activities.

    Your daily tasks will consist of being in camp with coordinators and Community Volunteers from 8 am to  1 am, Monday to Friday, collecting bags or returning clean clothes following our operational protocols. Your support will then be requested in the afternoon to support the team in the laundry station or in camp with other projects destined to build the capacity of Community Volunteers such as job readiness, language cafes and team building exercises, as well as attending various trainings.

  • What impact would I have?

    Volunteering with A Drop in the Ocean allows you to have a widespread impact, whether it's providing people with a safe place for learning and development or running yoga sessions, there is potential for the  impact of your work to reach every corner of the community you will be working to support due to the range of services & activities A Drop in the Ocean provides!

  • Who will I be working with?

    Our team(s) consists of experienced coordinators and field workers from all over the world, including residents of the camp you will be working in.

  • Minimum age

    23 years

  • Accommodation

    Field workers are responsible for booking their own accommodation. We can assist with recommendations. Limited financial assistance is available for field workers contributing for at least 4 weeks.

  • Extra Costs


  • Skills needed

    • Art, Music & Textiles
    • Children's activities
    • Community Services
    • Counsellor
    • Dance Teacher
    • Teacher 
    • Drama Teacher
    • Early Childhood Teacher
  • Interested in volunteering?

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