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Yoga and Sports with Refugees

Yoga and Sports with Refugees

Yoga and Sports with Refugees (YSR) wants to empower refugees and migrants through sport, integrate them into the community, and improve their physical and mental health so that they find a way out of the monotony, frustration and stagnation of their current situation. In addition, one of their fundamental objectives is to get refugees from being users of sports activities to trainers in charge of their own projects, so that they can be integrated into the community and gain security and self-confidence. The project's activities break with ethnic and religious barriers, generating a meeting space and cooperation between cultures where everyone participates.


Want to get a glimse of the project? Check out this video.

  • Where is it?

    Athens, Lesvos and Ioannina in Greece

  • What will I be doing?

    Volunteers fall into two different groups:

    • Volunteers from the community and from abroad who have a particular sport skillset that they can teach. For example trained teachers in yoga, football, swimming, martial arts or other.

    • International volunteers who have a general enthusiasm for sport and want to help with everything. Tasks may include, but are not limited to: Taking part in sports classes taught by other teachers, helping with logistics for classes, such as handing out clothes and shoes to borrow or food afterwards, helping with the laundry and cleaning of the gym, arranging donations, representing YSR at external meetings and events, assisting with fundraising and assisting with social media. 

    • International volunteers with specific skills such as coaching, fundraising, trainings, etc.

  • What impact would I have?

    YSR is a unique organisation in Greece and the only one focusing purely on sports and empowerment of refugees live in squalid conditions with little opportunity to enjoy themselves, do anything fun or do any exercise. The best part of the day is seeing students from the refugee community at the gym, and it's our volunteers who make that possible!

  • Who will I be working with?

    Adult and child refugees

  • Minimum age

    21 years

  • Accommodation

    We help volunteers find accommodation

  • Extra Costs


  • Required skills


    • Accountancy and Finance
    • Activity Lead
    • Sports coach
    • Youth & sports activities
    • Yoga teacher


  • Interested in volunteering?

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