If you’re interested in volunteering, like Jordan and I, there are lots of options in many countries.
In my research to choose an area to volunteer in, I picked up a lot of information that might help anyone looking into the same work. This list is by no means exhaustive, and needs change quickly and often. But here’s a list of resources to get you started:
- Are You Syrious? is an online news bulletin keeping everyone up to date on the worldwide crisis. There are often calls for volunteers in their pages.
- Support the Refugees is a Jewish UK website that helps organize and educate volunteers
- “How to Volunteer Abroad” is a great primer for anyone considering the jump
- The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has broad, overview information and statistics to help understand a bird’s eye view of the issues.
- Project Hope is a worldwide organization but has its focus in the Balkan states. They accept volunteers
- Hot Food Idomeni is the only group delivering hot food to the homeless refugees in Belgrade, Serbia
- Refugee Aid Miksaliste works mostly with the homeless refugees in Belgrade, Serbia by providing charging centers, activity corners, and language workshops run by volunteers
- Refugee Aid Serbia facilitates information, distributes clothing, and works closely with the homeless refugees in Belgrade, Serbia.
- Info Park is a hub of information for the refugees on the street and in the asylum centers. They pay for hostels for families, provide language classes, and more.
- A great list for those interested in helping in Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and more.
- Boat Rescue Foundation is a Dutch organization that not only helps pull life rafts to shore in the Greek islands but also helps work in the camps
- Hot Food Idomeni also gives out hot food in northern Greece near the Macedonian border (hence the name “Idomeni”)
- Northern Greece Volunteers is as exactly how the name descries – a coalition of volunteers in northern Greece. They are funded in part by Help Refugees.
- A great list for those interested in helping in northern Greece.
- Forgotten in Idomeni helps distribute food and more in Greece.
- A site for coordinating volunteers and broadcasting needs in Greece.
- EuroRelief works in camps and on the beach in Lesbos, Greece
- Intervolve has international volunteers in Thessaloniki, Greece
- Nurture Project International works with nurses, midwives, and lactation consultants to provide for women and babies in Greece.
- Lighthouse Relief has volunteers in Lesbos and on mainland Greece.
- Helping Hands works with families and unaccompanied minors in Athens, Greece.
- Relief and Reconciliation for Syria is a group in a village in Lebanon. They prefer volunteers that come in teams to create workshops or volunteers that can stay 3-6 months at a time.
- Basmeh and Zeitooneh is a grassroots Lebanese organization, dedicated to serving Syrian refugees and vulnerable communities in Lebanon
- Nurture Project International works with nurses, midwives, and lactation consultants to provide for women and babies in Iraq.
- Information for volunteers to Turkey is excellent, though information hasn’t been updated in a few months.
- Information Point for Turkey Volunteers often has calls for volunteers as well as good information to educate you before the trip.
- Tarlabasi works with vulnerable ethnic minorities in Istanbul, Turkey. They take volunteers for longer period of time, but volunteer applications are on hold until Feb. 1, 2017.
- A short list of small NGOs in Jordan that may accept volunteers
- A great list for those interested in helping in Calais, France (though recent changes in November 2016 may make some information here obsolete)
- YWAM is taking volunteers in teams throughout Europe and requests that people commit to stay for at least three weeks.
- Operation Mobalisation is a faith-based organization always taking teams of volunteers throughout Europe.
- Care4Calais is a British/French organization working with refugees previously living in “the Jungle,” an unofficial refugee camp in Calais, France.
- Secours Catholique, a branch of Caritas, works to distribute clothing to the refugees in Calais and Paris.
- CalAid helps distribute clothing, give aid, and more to the refugees in France, UK, and Greece.
- FranceAndBeyond has some good tips and suggestions if interested in volunteering at camps in France.
- NaTakallam is an online platform for learning Arabic from Syrian refugees.
- What Does it Mean to Be a Refugee? Ted Talk
- Vulnerable Lives on Hold is a report on the state of government camps in Greece for refugees
- Refugee Council Australia is the Australian government website for resettlement
- Refugee Aid Council is an American coalition of NGOs helping the US government resettle refugees in the United States.
Interested in donating money instead? Go here for a great list.