Action for Education - Volunteer


NGO & Institutes

Location (s):

  • Greece
Chios, Samos, Athens


VOLUNTEER - Our projects are led by energetic, dedicated and caring volunteers from around the world. Bringing a wealth of experiences, skills and qualities, they are Actors for Education in their own right. Find out how to support our projects by joining us in Greece.




The project on Chios has been running since 2016. Comprising a Youth Centre and Education Programme, this project provides essential safe spaces for refugee youth aged 15 - 22. We’re looking for experienced youth workers and teachers, but also individuals with creativity, enthusiasm and a wide range of other skills!


We've been working on Samos since early 2019, running two centres that offer education and recreational activities for youth aged 18 - 23 and children aged 2 - 7. We're looking for experienced teachers, youth workers and early childhood specialists to join us at 'The Banana House' and 'The Nest'! It's you're a creative, passionate individual, send us your application!


In Athens, we run an education programme as part of a Women’s Centre in partnership with Action for Women. This important centre provides 3 key pillars of support: education, livelihoods and protection. Apply to volunteer on this urban recovery project. Note: since this is a Women’s only space, only female volunteers may apply. 

Time Commitment

Due to the nature of our education projects, we invite volunteers to join us for as long as they are able, with a minimum of 6 weeks. This ensures stability and consistency of teachers across our learning centres.


Our Mission

We host spaces that engage in lifelong learning through creativity, communityand choice to support people whose basic human rights are not being met.

Our Values

  • Individuality
  • Celebration
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Empowerment
  • Creativity

Our Actions

  1. Run language centres and safe spaces for refugees and asylum seekers in Greece.

  2. Publish an arts & culture magazine to celebrate creative expression.

  3. Publish an Open Access journal that connects academic research & grassroots organisations.

  4. Organise a symposium for self-learning & discussion that empowers people to take action.

  5. Organise AFE events to raise awareness, create community, & support individuals in their activism.

  6. Manage an online marketplace for items that express our values: clothing, mugs, notebooks, etc.


Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:

Basic Disclosure

Since many of our students and youth centre beneficiaries are under 18, we require all volunteers to undergo a criminal background check (DBS in UK). This is a vital safeguarding measure. Email us to find out more.

Work Ethic

Volunteering with Action for Education is not voluntourism. The hours are long and the psychological demands can be high. We only accept volunteer aged 22 and over. We provide support and training throughout the process.

Ready to volunteer?


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:


We believe it's important that our volunteers are a community. We provide shared accommodation in city-based apartments for all who come. These may not be luxurious penthouses, but they are our shared home.

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