The purpose of this outreach is to help refugees in and around Athens meet their needs, to educate them, and to provide any practical or emotional support.While the refugee crisis in Greece is no longer in the news, it is still ongoing. The Lord has given us a wonderful opportunity to witness to displaced people from the Middle East. Many of whom would have never had the opportunity to hear the Gospel in their home countries. Come serve with us in a variety of projects that witness to refugees in Greece!
Available for: Singles Couples Groups
Volunteers that participate in this ministry can expect to participate in one of our ministries geared towards serving refugees in and around Athens. They may work on projects in refugee camps, serve in a care center for refugees in Lavrio, or serve in our new care center in Athens. Where the volunteer serves is at the discretion of our Refugee Ministry Coordinator.
Volunteers serving in the refugee camps can expect to develop and participate in programs for both adults and children. Volunteers can expect to engage relational ministry. Volunteers may also participate in construction projects in the camps.
Volunteers serving in either care center can expect to help refugees build vocational skills (such as computer skills). Volunteers may run educational programs (cross-cultural awareness, language classes, etc.), and may assist in food and clothing distribution. Volunteers will also develop and run women's programs and children's programs.
Teams must be flexible. Ministry in Greece is constantly changing, and volunteers must be able to adapt.
Volunteers will stay at an OM apartment, local church dorms, or a local hotel. Volunteers should expect to have roommates. Volunteers may be required to climb several flights of stairs if a lift is unavailable. If special accommodation is required, please inquire with the STM coordinator. We cannot guarantee that married couples will be housed together.
Meals will be provided Monday through Friday. Funds will be provided for the weekend and volunteers will need to prepare, or purchase, their own meals.
Participants are responsible for arranging their travel to and from Athens International Airport. The airport code is “ATH.” They should arrive between 9:00 and 21:00 on the scheduled arrival day. Participants will need use public transportation (metro or bus) to get to Athens. However, if OM staff is available, they may be picked up from the airport. Groups should arrive and depart together.
Travel with public transportation is not included in the budget.
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Participants must be in good health and physically able to stand, bend, lift, walk, and do other physical activity as needed. Athens is a large city and volunteers must be able to walk long distances and climb hills/stairs.
Citizens of the EU, Schengen Member States, USA, and Canada do not need a visa for this outreach. All others may need a visa. If a visa is required, and a fee is involved, it is the participant’s responsibility to pay the fees.
All prices do not include airfare