Project Armonia

The situation for refugees on Samos is dire. Many people are living in overcrowded camps. The queue for food from the camp can be up to 4 hours long per meal, an intolerable burden for the camp’s most vulnerable residents.

Project Armonia eases this burden by cooking meals for 550-600 of the most vulnerable residents, including children, pregnant and breast-feeding women, disabled people, and the elderly.

Conditions are bad enough in summer, but winters are extremely hard. Residents face the prospect of bitter cold and heavy rains without the resources to stay warm and dry. That’s why the project wants to redouble their efforts and give as many people as possible a hot meal and a safe space to escape the inhumane conditions of the camp.

  • Where is it?

    Vathy, Samos

  • What will I be doing?

    In order to improve and expand their restaurant, Project Armonia are looking for volunteers who will help in the restaurant and the kitchen. 

    Your jobs will include:

    • Welcoming guests
    • Assisting the chef, for example by chopping vegetables
    • Serving the food to the guests
    • Helping keep the space clean and tidy
  • What impact would I have?

    Project Armonia welcomes guests from 12:00 until 15:00 and serves them a healthy and nutritious meal every weekday. With your help, they hope to be able to open on weekends through the winter as well.

    The Persian, African and Arab chefs try to bring a taste of home to the table, so one day you might be chopping vegetables for a huge salad, and the next one you’ll be serving up Adas Polo, a favourite Iranian dish of rice, chicken, raisins and lentils.

    In addition, the guests are also given containers so that they can take another meal with them.

    You will be helping the most vulnerable people of the camp by feeding around 550-600 guests a day in a clean, safe and welcoming space.

    The impact of your work is almost incalculable, such as the contrast with the disastrous conditions and frequently inedible food of the camp.

    As a team, Project Armonia offers their guests the vital nutrition, dignity and human rights they are denied as a result of this ongoing crisis.

  • Who will I be working with?

    The project was created to be run almost entirely by refugees, for refugees. 

    Through the project and with your help, different cultures are brought together and people are empowered even in such dire conditions.

    Project Armonia’s aim is not just to distribute food, but to encourage people from the camp to help themselves by working as chefs, coordinators and volunteers with the project. Therefore, most of the colleagues are camp residents and come from countries including Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Palestine and Uganda.

    Giving refugees the opportunity to run the project with our team helps them to learn and develop valuable skills for the future.


  • Minimum age

    21 years

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation is provided in a shared house at 50 euros per week for the first 8 weeks. Accommodation is provided free of charge after 8 weeks.

  • Minimum time

    The minimum stay is 4 weeks. 

  • Extra Costs

    • 40 euros for health certificates. The project asks volunteers to pay for the cost of the health certificates legally required for you to work in a restaurant in Greece simply because that money can help feed an extra 60 people. Thank you for understanding! 
    • Living expenses
  • Skills required

    • Nutritionist
    • Community Services
    • Chef
    • No specific skill

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