+ Who can volunteer with IHA?

You can apply if you're passionate about our cause, motivated to work in a challenging environment and...

  • are at least 18 years old
  • are able to come to Greece for at least one month
  • are physically and mentally healthy
  • agree with our Code of Conduct
  • can provide a background check / criminal record certificate (or equivalent)

+ What is the application procedure?

  • To start, please complete the application form below. We’ll get in touch with you via email. If we have a spot on the team and believe you might be a good fit, we’ll send you more information and arrange an interview.

+ When should I apply?

  • You can apply at any time. However, please understand that we’re able to fully confirm only 6 to 12 weeks prior to arrival.
  • You can apply on short notice but chances are that there won’t be an open spot

+ Can I apply for a specific role?

  • Regular applications are for a general volunteering role, carrying out diverse tasks from sorting clothes in the warehouse to serving customers in the free shop.
  • Some of our long-term volunteers have dedicated roles (e.g. teaching English classes) that require specific skills, experience and a longer stay. We open applications for these positions whenever there’s a vacancy.
  • If you apply as a general volunteer but might be a fit for a specific position, we’ll suggest it during the application process.

+ What training and support will I receive?

  • We’re cooperating with the German organisation Brückenwind, offering preparation seminars, on-site support and debriefing seminars. Our volunteer coordinator will tell you more about it during the application process.

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+ Where will I live?

  • We have a volunteer flat outside of Thessaloniki that provides communal accommodation for around 10 people. It has three bedrooms, a living room, two bathrooms, a small kitchen and a balcony. The flat is easily accessible from the city centre with public transport.

+ What do I have to pay for?

  • Your travels to and from Greece.
  • Food and personal expenses. Our team usually organises communal grocery shopping and cooks together to keep expenses as low as possible.
  • A one-off contribution towards expenses of 150€ for accommodation and utilities.

+ Can I bring donations?

  • Bringing donations on a flight is usually not efficient unless it’s very specific and urgently needed items. You can check with our coordinator a few weeks prior to arrival if there’s anything you could bring.
  • Monetary donations are extremely valuable as they can be spent flexibly. Fundraising with friends and family is a great idea and big help to keep our projects running. You can create a personal fundraising campaign on our facebook page or on our website. We’d be happy to assist you: info@iha.help

Application form

Name *
please include your country code
Date of birth *
Date of birth
Available from *
Available from
your earliest arrival date
Available until *
Available until
your latest departure date
how long would you like to stay?
(including your mother tongue)
(by default, you'd apply for a general volunteering role. Applications for specific positions are only open in case of vacancies)
Tell us about your motivation to volunteer, what expectations you have, if you have previous experience working with refugees, your background, skills and anything else that might be relevant. (If you prefer to send your statement in a document, please mail it to info@iha.help in addition to completing this form)
Please provide a brief CV in tabular form. (If you prefer to send your CV in a document, please mail it to info@iha.help in addition to completing this form)
Data Privacy *
IHA processes personal data as part of its statutory activities as a non-profit association. Data processing is limited to the stated purpose for which it is collected and complies with relevant legislation. You have the right to request access to or deletion of your personal data at any time. For more information, please refer to our data privacy declaration or contact us at info@iha.help
Disclaimer *
IHA is committed to the safety and security of their volunteers. However, IHA cannot accept responsibility for any losses or injuries sustained by volunteers. If you have safety or security concerns at any time during your volunteer service, stop the activity in question and raise your concerns with IHA staff.