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Covid-19 Information

Due to the current exceptional circumstances related to the COVID-19 pandemic, travelling to Greece and coming to volunteer for Za’atar represents a risk for both Greek people and refugees. The safety of our beneficiaries is our priority. This is why we are currently offering online classes while visits to our day-centre are only by appointment. You, however, can still help us by considering volunteering online if you feel confident enough – this will require you to be really autonomous and proactive.

Zaatar is run and managed by volunteers – we cannot do this without you. Volunteers come from many countries with different backgrounds, bringing unique strengths and passion that makes a real difference. The volunteer experience can definitely be challenging, but it is also rewarding. You will be changing the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in the world!

Can’t dedicate time to volunteer? Give us a hand with fundraising from back home.

We are looking for committed, flexible, and proactive people who have two weeks or more to commit to Zaatar’s work in Athens.

  • Volunteers must contribute a minimum of 2 weeks.
  • Volunteers are expected to work 4-5 six hour shifts per week.
  • Tasks include: teaching languages, cleaning, and interacting with our refugee community.
  • For teaching, no experience necessary.

We prioritize volunteers who take initiative. As our team is run completely by volunteers, we sometimes lack the resources to provide constant oversight to short-term volunteers. Therefore, we seek individuals who are able to identify shortcomings in our programs and take the initiative to fix them.

What makes an exceptional volunteer?

Volunteers with Zaatar are primarily involved in helping us to run the Orange House. Most of our volunteers are generalists—covering shifts (days, evenings, or nights) and doing whatever is needed. In addition volunteers with relevant skills and backgrounds assist with teaching classes and offering a variety of activities. Our volunteers are proactive, suggesting activities and offerings to enhance what we are currently doing.

As we don’t have funds to cover volunteer expenses, volunteers are responsible for covering their own travel, accommodation and personal expenses. We have an affordably priced apartment for volunteers located 5 minutes from the Orange House, with preference given to long-term volunteers.

Volunteering with Zaatar will be a meaningful experience.

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Za’atar NGO is a registered non-profit under Greek law. In Greek, the organization is registered as “ΖΑΑΤΑΡ ΑΣΤΙΚΗ ΜΗ ΚΕΡΔΟΣΚΟΠΙΚΗ ΕΤΑΙΡΕΙΑ.” Registration Number: 140646901000.