Volunteer Info

Volunteer Information

Thanks for your interest in volunteering to serve with the Agape Refugee Project of  Omonia Church in Athens Greece. This page is your one-stop-shop for all volunteer related information. In it we set out our expectations and volunteer requirements as well as outlining what you can expect during your stay with us. 

Volunteer Profile

Volunteer Handbook

Please read our Volunteer Handbook before completing your application.  It has important information that will help you determine if service with the Agape Refugee Project is a good fit for you. 


What's the Application Process?

Applications are assessed by an independent Application Board consisting of Church Members and External Lay Members. Applications should be submitted with as much notice as possible but no later than 30 days before the expected date of service.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Applicants should not book flights or accommodation until their application and dates have been approved.

Do you accept families?

Yes, we are happy to accept families with children 13 or over. (In exceptional circumstances we may accept younger children. Please contact us for advice ahead of making any plans.)

What's the Agape Refugee Project schedule?

Normally the Agape Refugee Project operates a three week term followed by a break week. Applicants wishing to volunteer should plan their dates to coincide with current term dates.
The project operates from Monday to Thursday 10.30 – 14.00 (approx finishing time).
Our Arabic Discipleship Programme is held on Monday and Tuesday 19.00 – 20.00
In addition to this our Arabic Ministry meet every Saturday night between 18.00 – 19.00
Sunday School is held from 10.30 Sunday mornings.

External activities / pastoral visitation take place on an ad-hoc basis outwith these times.

What time commitment do I need to make?

Ideally we would ask volunteers to stay a minimum of three weeks to coincide with our term dates. However, in exceptional circumstances we can accept volunteers for shorter periods.

What does a typical day look like?

We are currently developing a new programme, but currently a typical day starts at 10.30 with a team meeting and prayer time.
The ministry begins at 11.00.
Volunteers can expect to be involved in a range of activities including:
Teaching English in our informal classes, teaching the Bible in our discipleship classes, manning the baby crèche, helping with children’s work, interacting with refugees, food preparation and serving food, helping out in the clothing store, general maintenance and cleaning.
Out of hours there are opportunities for hospital and pastoral visitation as well as providing childcare during evenings when our discipleship and Arabic ministry meet, as well as assistance on Sunday’s helping with Sunday School is also a need.

What does it cost?

We ask for a weekly contribution to offset volunteer and admin costs of 15€ per adult per week.

Do you provide help with travel visas and accommodation?

Unfortunately we are not in a position to help with visa applications other than to provide a letter of invitation to approved long-term applicants. Volunteers are required to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. However, we would advise that you contact us before booking accommodation so that we can advise you on safe areas to stay.

Are there any health requirements?

Applicants must have good physical health and be able to stand, bend, lift, walk, and do other physical activity as required including climbing stairs. 
They must also have good mental health as they will be exposed to people with trauma.
It is a requirement to have appropriate health / travel insurance for the duration of your stay. 
Please take medical advice in your home country about immunisations required in Greece. Especially those required for working with refugees. 
You should plan this well in advance as some vaccines are delivered as a course of treatment over several weeks / months.
You should also bring an up-to-date vaccination record with you when you travel.
It is recommended to especially have Hepatitis A & B & Tuberculosis but this is a decision made between yourself and your doctor, as is any other vaccinations your doctor recommends.

Ready to take the next step?

I’m Ready!

Please download, complete and return the application

I have a question…

Please read the handbook first to check if the answer to your question is covered.
If not we will be happy to hear from you.