Volunteering with AFE
Our projects are led by energetic, dedicated and caring volunteers from around the world. If you have a passion for education and standing up for human rights, consider applying to join our teams.
Please note the following important information:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Accommodation. 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.
4. Protection & Professionalism. Since many of our students and youth centre beneficiaries are under 18, we require all volunteers to provide a criminal background check. This is a vital safeguarding measure. Please also note that we have strict safeguarding and boundaries policies. If you would like to find out more about these before applying, email us.
We currently run programmes in 3 locations: Chios, Samos and Athens. Take a look at the individual project pages for more information.
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.