Offene Arme e.V.

Offene Arme e.V.

Offene Arme e.V, the Chios Eastern Shore Response Team is a locally organised team of international volunteers dedicated to providing support for both refugees and for local people on Chios.

The central task of CESRT is to provide refugees with food and dry clothing – day and night, at the port and all along the coast.

Other projects have emerged over time, including a Parents and Toddler Center, a Language Center and distribution of clothing to refugees beyond the initial care.

  • Where is it?

    On Chios very close to the west coast of Turkey. Their centres are located in different villages on the island.

  • What will I be doing?


    Offene Arme e.V. (CESRT) was originally established as an emergency response team. You will be part of an around-the-clock team, which responds to boat landings on the island and welcomes the new arrivals. To provide basic nutrition, water, clothes, and blankets we have a warehouse full of supplies that requires a lot of organizing and sorting. 

    Due to Coronavirus restrictions, our ability to respond to landings has been suspended; we are, however, continuing with our other projects. 

    They operate a free shop, the OA distribution warehouse - where beneficiaries come, by appointment, to take clothes and other non-food items for free. You will be sorting supplies in their main warehouse, helping run the OA Distribution Warehouse, facilitating activities at apartment blocks, and working on other projects in Vial.

  • What impact would I have?

    Volunteering with Offene Arme e.V. (CESRT) has a widespread impact. They are the only team attending boat landings on Chios. Welcoming the people on arrival after their difficult and stressful journey and providing basic nutrition, water and clothes with a sense of calmness and sensitivity is very essential. You will fully understand this after having responded to your first landing.

    Additionally, your work will reach a variety of different people and needs - whether it is working in the OA distribution Warehouse - supplying much-needed items to camp residents, preparing crafts and games for people living in apartment blocks or carrying out the activities required to run our main warehouse.


  • Who will I be working with?

    You will be working with people of all ages and backgrounds- members of the community, residents of the Camp, Offene Arme e.V. volunteers and members of our partner organizations.

  • Minimum age


  • Accommodation

    Recommended hotels and rental accommodations in Megas Limnionas, Thymiana or Agia Ermioni.

  • Minimum time

    Right now we ask for a minimum of two weeks to volunteer with us. As well as a 1 week period of self-isolation.

  • Extra Costs

    • Travel to and from Chios
    • Normal living costs (food, car sharing, spending money).
    • Warm lunch is provided four times a week by a community kitchen.
  • Skills Required

    • Children's activities
    • Early Childhood Teacher
    • Foreign Language Teacher
    • TEFL / English Teacher
    • No Specific Skill

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