Roots provides sustainable aid to displaced communities in Northern France. Roots was founded in 2017 by Thomas Gilbert as a project to improve conditions in the Grande-Synthe refugee camps, via environmentally conscious means.. Since then, the work of Roots has broadened to other areas such as the electronics workshop which builds power banks, torches, hand-warmers and charging stations, as well as Roots’ sanitation projects which keep the camps cleaner and provide washing facilities.


  • Where is it?


  • What will I be doing?

    • Learning to build sustainable electronic devices in the electronics workshop

    • Cleaning the shared facilities in the Grande-Synthe camps- water point, showers (Roots-made)
    • Emptying bins we provide in camp

    • ‘Big Camp Clean Ups’ Litter picking and cleaning living areas in camp 

    • Sorting waste to recycle

  • What impact would I have?

    Volunteers are essential to Roots so that we can improve the living situation of refugees in Northern France as well as improve the conditions of the environment too. Our focus is to maintain a clean, more hygienic and dignified living space to refugees in camp, while also working on our side projects to improve the quality of living, such as through powerbanks, torches and handwarmers. 

  • Who will I be working with?

    Volunteers would be working with the Team Leader Tom on site. There may be other long-term volunteers or trustees working on site as volunteers. Volunteers will spend time working in the camps, so there will be times we are working with or alongside refugees, as well as other organisations.

  • Minimum age


  • Accommodation

    Accommodation is provided in Rexopede, a 20 minute drive from Grande-Synthe, where the camp is located. The accommodation is in a converted monastery. It is a dorm style accommodation with up to 3 beds in one room. The accommodation is 150 Euros per month. 

  • Minimum time

    4 weeks

  • Extra Costs

    Travel to France, Volunteers can be picked up from the port if travelling via ferry.
    Travel around France. Volunteers travel or fuel costs will be covered to camps from the accommodation but anything outside this is not covered.
    Food costs

  • Skills required