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Offene Arme e.V.

Offene Arme e.V.

Offene Arme e.V. (formally CESRT) was originally established as an emergency response team in 2015. Since then, we have adapted to ensure we are filling any gaps not covered by other NGOs and governments. Currently, we operate a warehouse which supports the following projects: operating a free shop serving refugees and asylum seekers on Chios; supplying other organisations operating on Chios; assisting with emergency projects such as landing packs, skin infection packs for those affected with scabies and the hospital transfer project to help those needing help refugees and asylum seekers getting them to and from the hospital on Chios. We also operate a free shop for locals. 

  • Where is it?

    We operate on Chios, very close to the west coast of Turkey. Our main warehouse is located in Thymiana which is approximately a 15 minute drive from Vial Camp.

  • What will I be doing?

    As a volunteer your role will include: sorting donations at the warehouse and sending supplies to other organisations; working in our free shop serving refugees and asylum seekers on Chios and helping in our free shop for locals. When necessary we occasionally carry out distributions outside Vial camp. The situation on Chios however is constantly changing, so our projects may be slightly different when you come to volunteer.

  • What impact would I have?

    Volunteering with Offene Arme e.V. has a widespread impact. We operate the only non-food item warehouse on the island and are always aiming to fill any gaps on the island.

  • Who will I be working with?

    You will be working with people of all ages and backgrounds from all over the world. Our team varies in size from a minimum of 6 volunteers to a maximum of 10 volunteers. 

  • Minimum age


  • Accommodation

    Recommended hotels and rental accommodations in Megas Limnionas, Thymiana and Karfas.

  • Extra Costs

    Normal living costs (food, spending money and socialising).

  • Skills Required

    • Proficient English speaker.
    • Flexibility to help wherever is needed.
    • Ability to work in a team and ensure a safe and comfortable working space.


    • Drivers over 25 who have previous experience driving a van. 
  • Interested in volunteering?

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