The Lava Project

The Lava Project

The Lava Project is a laundry project working for residents of the new refugee camp in Lesvos, formerly working for residents of Moria Camp. The project was founded in June 2019 by volunteers to assist healthcare NGOs in providing treatment for scabies and other medical conditions developed in unsanitary living conditions. We concentrate on medical cases and other particularly vulnerable groups in the camp. We're currently washing clothing and bedding for advanced scabies patients, unaccompanied minors who lived in Moria's Safe Zone, and doctors for Medecins Sans Frontieres, and washing winter clothing donated to our partner organizations before they're distributed. Our team consists of international volunteers as well as volunteers from the camps, making sure we serve our community however we can.

  • Where is it?

    Agios Giannis, outside Moria Village, on Lesvos island, Greece

  • What will I be doing?

    You would be helping to run the laundry! Tasks include feeding washing machines and dryers, assisting on collections and distributions in the camp, driving the van (if you have a license), and other coordination tasks, depending on how long you stay with us.


  • What impact would I have?

    We serve some of the most vulnerable groups of people in the camp, so aside from the direct impact on the patients themselves, you would also be helping medical organizations support related services and help more people.


  • Who will I be working with?

    We currently have three long-term coordinators and a consistent flux of international and community volunteers.



  • Minimum age

    21 years old

  • Accommodation

    You can stay in TLP's apartment outside Moria village, or we can provide you with information on how to find your own accommodation.


  • Minimum time

    Four weeks minimum, but subject to change in accordance with Covid-19 regulations.

  • Extra Costs

    No extra costs apart from your own expenses. Transport to and from the laundry is included if you prefer, and some snacks/small meals will be provided.


  • Skills required


    • Attention to detail
    •  Car / Truck Driver
    •  Logistics
    •  Works well independently and as part of a team