Chios is alive. Unlike some of the other Greek Islands, Chios still has an actual working life. There are actually fisherman still doing their jobs. There are still people growing things. It’s a reflective experience to visit this beautiful Island off the coast of Turkey. You’re not just walking through a vacation video. Nope. Real people live here, struggle here, smile here. And many of those living day-to-day on this fifth largest of the more than 2,000 Greek Isles are stuck in one of Europe’s most struggling economies. Many are finding refuge here from migrations eastward out of places like Syria & Turkey. As becomes painfully evident, crystal waters, sandy beaches, and stunning views maybe great for tourism on some Islands, but for the real Islanders on the very real Chios, well, you can’t eat those things.
Rad’s sister, Shadia Fayne Wood, has continually inspired GlobeKick’s sense of larger purpose in our travels around the planet. She founded and manages Project Survival Media, an organization connecting the arts to impactful purpose while chronicling the climate change movement. Lately, Shadia has been doing a lot of writing, speaking, and organization around amplifying awareness and providing assistance for those impacted during the ongoing mass migration of refugees to Europe. Each year hundreds of thousands walk, swim, hitch their way out of the destruction and horrors of Syria’s bloody & ongoing civil war. In fact, this past Spring, Shad Kickstarted a huge effort to fund and build a training program for Syrian Refugee children living in camps in Lebanon. GlobeKick was inspired to stand up.
Finding Chios, Greece to be one of the main entry points for many migrants into Europe, we’ve decided to act. Many of the schools on the Island have been bursting at the seams in an effort to help educate and assist children who have been forced into migration from war. We’re heading to Greece for a week to help.
VOLUNTEER PROJECT DESCRIPTION IN BRIEF
Volunteers on our School Support project will work with a local school by assisting teachers in a number of different areas. Due to language barriers, volunteers do not teach independently and only support local teachers in the learning environment. The students range in age from 3 to 12 years and follow the Greek curriculum of teaching. The aim of this project is to help stimulate an interest in learning among the students and to support the teachers when needed. This placement is ideal for volunteers that like to work in a structured environment. Volunteer tasks may include assisting teachers during their lessons, administration tasks as required, and playing with the children during break time. You do not have to be a qualified or experienced teacher to participate in the School Support project as you will receive guidance and support from the local coordinator and teacher. As most of the lessons are in Greek, volunteers have a supporting and observatory role.
Apartments located in Katarraktis. (shared room with 4 to 6 other volunteers).
From Monday to Friday, volunteers are provided with three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and a light dinner). Breakfast is self-serve at the volunteer accommodation with ingredients provided for volunteers to prepare their own breakfast as needed. Cereals, fruit, bread, eggs, milk, juice and coffee will be provided for breakfast. Lunch will be a cooked meal and is usually the biggest meal of the day. You can expect vegetables or salad, bread or other carbohydrates, and some protein. A light dinner will also be provided in the evening. As eating out is common and affordable in Greece, volunteers will need to inform the local team on a daily basis if they will be present for meals to ensure adequate catering. It is not possible to drink the tap water in Greece, however bottled water is readily available.
Arrival and Departure
Orientation will be held on the Monday morning of our volunteer week. Please book your flights to arrive into Chios Island National Airport (JKH). Once you have been picked up, you will be transported to the volunteer accommodation in Katarraktis (10 minute trip from the airport and 20 minutes from the city centre) and explained the procedure for the next few days in regards to meeting the rest of the local team, other GlobeKick volunteers, and your orientation. You’ll be responsible for organizing your own return transport to the airport, however, our local team will be happy to call a taxi for you. You should budget approximately US$25 – US$30 for your return to Chios Island National Airport (JKH). Accommodation is provided from the Sunday before our start date through to (and including) the Friday night of our week.
Orientation will be held on the Monday morning of our volunteer program. The orientation which is run by a local team and will include an introduction to our Greece Volunteering Program, rules and expectations, health and safety, do’s and don’ts in Chios, basic Greek language lesson, cultural knowledge and a brief city tour. You will also be introduced to your specific placement during the orientation.
Volunteer Week (example)
First Day: On your first day of volunteering, you will be escorted to your placement by a local team member and introduced to the placement staff you will be working with. You will have a morning or afternoon shift and will work for approximately 3 to 5 hours per day.
Weekdays: A typical volunteer day would be as follows:
7.30 AM Breakfast at the volunteer apartment
8.30 AM Travel to placement to join local placement staff and begin
work on your project. Please note that start times and daily workload
depends on the project that you are participating on.
1.30 PM Work at the placement usually ends. You will travel back
to the volunteer apartment for lunch or in some cases eat a packed lunch
at your placement.
2.30 PM You are free to plan for the following day’s activities or use
your free time as you wish. This could include sightseeing, some shopping
or taking Greek language lessons.
8.30 PM Dinner at the volunteer apartment. After dinner, you will
have the remainder of the evening free to relax and use as you wish.
Please note this schedule will vary depending on the needs of your particular
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Six nights of lodging in Chios Apartment (shared room)
Airport Transport from Chios Apartment (one-way)
Volunteering Orientation to Greece
Volunteering Placement & Administration Support
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The cost of return airport transfer
On-the-ground transport (aside from specified above)
Insurance of any kind
Alcoholic beverages and/or Soft Drinks
Optional Touring or Excursions
Visas, Associated Travel Fees
Items of a Personal Nature
October 20th – 26th 2019
Maximum 24 GlobeKickers
Chios Island National Airport (JKH) in Chios, Greece
Daily high temperatures in October are around 75°F with daily lows at about 60°F. Precipitation is rare, with chances of rain on an average of three days during the month. The month of October in Chios experiences brilliant sunshine, refreshing coastal breezes, and little/no humidity.
- 2-3 pair travel pants for men & women
- 2 long sleeve shirts (lightweight)
- 4 t-shirts or tank tops
- 1 pair sweatpants or lounge wear for cool nights
- 1 pair closed toed sturdy shoes
- 1 pair sandals or flip flops
- 1 bandana or scarf
- 1-2 swimwear
- 5 pair underwear
- 6 pair socks
- 1 pajamas
- 1 nice outfit for evenings out
- 1 pair sunglasses
- Laptop and chargers
- Converters & necessary cables
- Travel alarm clock (today most travelers use their phones)
- Mobile phone & chargers (be sure to check with your carriers on how to avoid roaming charges)
- Portable charger & cables
- Camera with extra battery, memory cards, or hard drives
- First aid kit (band aids, alcohol wipes, anti-sting pads, bandage, medical tape plus others)
- If meds are loose (inhalers, epi pens) be sure to have their labels or prescriptions with generic names included
- Epi – pens (if you typically carry them; bring two)
- Anti-malaria meds (check with your travel doctor, the CDC or the WHO websites to confirm if needed)
- Antibacterial lotion, spray & wipes
- Toilet paper
- Sunscreen (especially if you’re sensitive to allergies)
- Lip balm
- Shampoo, conditioner, & soap
- Hair essentials
- Shaving & grooming essentials
- Skin care regimen essentials
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Contacts or glasses if this applies
- Deodorant (non-aerosol)
- Bug spray, cream and/or essential oils
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- Greece Visa Requirements : this trip falls under the category of “volunteer tourism” and we recommend you state your purpose of travel as “tourism” when asked by immigration officials. If you state “work” or “volunteer work” as your purpose, immigration officers often demand that you pay extra and acquire a work/employment visa, which is not necessary for your volunteer program.
- Airline Tickets (Confirmation and Itinerary)
- Photo Identification
- Color Copy of Passport Identification Page
1 = lowest and 10 = highest