Volunteer in Greece: Humanitarian Experience
During your Academic Break

2 - 4 weeks | Spring & Summer 2024

Have direct impact on the local community

Volunteering in Greece is a perfect opportunity to discover a beautiful part of Europe, enjoy the white sandy beaches, and support a good cause simultaneously. The ancient ruins, endless coastlines, great cuisine, and friendly locals will make your stay worthwhile.

This program offers an amazing opportunity for suitable applicants who are 18 years and over to work alongside qualified medical professionals and gain first-hand insight into the global healthcare system. It is open to those with experience and/or education in the field of medicine, as well as med-school and pre-med students. Volunteers on this project will need at least an intermediate understanding of English to communicate effectively with patients and staff. Naturally, all applicants must also have a genuine willingness to help, show drive and initiative, and bring a positive ‘can-do’ attitude. If this sounds like you, we want you on the team!

This project is available year-round, and programs start every SATURDAY. Volunteers can choose to participate for periods ranging from ONE week to THREE weeks. 

Program Highlights

This project is based in a community and involves various tasks that address the issues faced by local public educational institutions in different areas. As an international volunteer, you will assist with all aspects of patient care including general care and companionship, dispensing medications, and feeding. You will also help local educational institutions that are usually understaffed, and provide local children with the opportunity for a better and safer school environment while also giving them the chance to meet people from different cultures. 

This program will help you become more passionate about your major and boost your career with international experience. You will live and volunteer in a beautiful Greek city or island, assist local educational institutions, and bring smiles to the locals. During your free time, you can explore unique medieval villages and enjoy crystal-clear waters.

 You will receive a certificate of participation upon completing your program, as well as letters of recommendation. This program offers a chance to experience the Greek culture and create unforgettable memories with your fellow participants.

Why
Volunteer

Philotimo is a program that supports local staff and contributes to cultural exchange and life skills development for people of all ages, including children, youth, and adults. Your ideas and enthusiasm can be extremely valuable in areas where people are not accustomed to working together or believe that they cannot accomplish great things. The presence and care of volunteers can help build self-esteem and confidence in our communities. We also appreciate up-to-date information on conservation, hygiene, nutrition, income generation, and early childhood development.

The
City of Larissa

Larissa is the capital of the Thessaly District, located approximately two hours from Thessaloniki and four hours from Athens. With a population of over 150,000, Larissa is home to major universities, numerous restaurants and cafes, boutiques, and many charming spots. Our accommodations are centrally located and safe.

Where do Our
Volunteers Work?

You will be assisting in either a refugee camp, community clinic, or a shelter for unaccompanied children. The program provides shelter, food, medical care, and education by appropriately trained and qualified staff, including legal advisors, psychologists, teachers, social workers, medical and nursing staff, interpreters, and administrative, and support staff.

Who is
Elegible

Our programs are ongoing and host volunteers year-round. However, to ensure a smooth transition, volunteers should plan to arrive every Saturday.

We have a 2-week minimum and a 4-week maximum. 

 Volunteer must:

• Be 18 years or older
• Have no major health problems and current Yellow Fever and COVID vaccination certificates

• Criminal background check

• Be able to walk distances of up to 2km daily 

• Sign a general waiver of liability
• Have a positive and collaborative attitude

Global
Networking

  • Increase access to and quality of healthcare in refugee camp
  • Help improve the health and wellbeing of people from under-resourced communities
  • Educate local communities on how to stay healthy
  • Get hands-on experience supported by a qualified medical professional
  • Share your own expertise and insights from overseas
  • Learn new skills from local medics and other volunteers from around the world
  • Expand your global medical perspective and explore your career path
  • Boost your resume, career prospects or med school application
  • Find new ways of approaching healthcare, both at home and internationally

Making
Impact

The experiences you will gain through Philotimo Med Abroad are truly transformative and will have a lasting impact on both your personal and professional life. During your journey, you will have the opportunity to witness groundbreaking medical advancements and innovations, while also building lifelong friendships with like-minded individuals. These experiences will help shape you into a well-rounded and culturally aware healthcare professional, and will leave you with unforgettable memories and cherished moments to last a lifetime.

HEALTH SCIENCES | PRE-MED | NURSING | MEDICAL SCHOOL 1 & 2

HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS

Healthcare placements are available for people who are not licensed and who are still completing their training. These volunteer projects are generally located in specialized living facilities and involve assisting elderly patients or working with children and other patients. 

Medical Program


Advanced medical placements are available for licensed professionals or students in the last two years of medical school. These are volunteer placements that are offered in hospitals and refugee camps. As an international volunteer, you can work alongside doctors, nurses, therapists, and other medical professionals.

Your responsibilities and type of work will depend on the placement available and what is happening at the project site. Depending on your medical experience and language skills, you may be required to shadow a doctor or nurse, assist with general check-ups, run medical campaigns, triage, take blood pressure and other vital signs, organize patient records, prepare materials and equipment, and assist during mealtimes.

Our Application Process

Apply
to Volunteer!

Please fill out and submit the online application form. This will help us understand why you want to volunteer, when you plan to start and how long you wish to stay. We will do our best to respond within 48 hours. This information will help us determine if we are a good match to work together. Our Program Directors will suggest a host program that matches your skills and interests.

Placement
Offer

Thank you for submitting your application. If your answers align with our objectives, we will offer you a volunteer placement opportunity. We prioritize positive attitude, flexibility, and willingness to learn over a specific skill set.

After we review your suitability and accept you into our program, you will need to pay a deposit of $500 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (excluding your initial $500 deposit payment) will be due no later than 60 days before your internship start date.

For secure payment, Philotimo Med Abroad accepts Bank transfer or PayPal.

Confirm
Placement

Before your arrival, once we receive your deposit you’ll be given an orientation document and description of your host organization. Included are details of your work, responsibilities, security, location, food, accommodation, and vaccinations needed. 

You’ll also receive our general waiver of liability and code of conduct to be signed on arrival as part of your volunteer service.

 

Program Schedule

Day 1
Saturday

Upon your arrival in Thessaloniki (SGK), you will be collected at the airport and delivered to your accommodation. 

Day 2
Sunday

 You will receive an orientation to help you settle in, find out about your volunteering placement, and the local surroundings, and meet your fellow volunteers. A representative from the local team will fill you in on local and regional customs, traveling, rules and recommendations, and of course, what to expect from your volunteering experience. 

Day 3 - 4
Monday-Thursday

 Breakfast on the first day, followed by daily 6-hour volunteering assignments coordinated with the administrator.

 

 

Day 5
Last day of Project

On the last day of this beautiful experience, you can ask the doctors and mentors for a letter of recommendation.

 

Day 6
Excursion

Have breakfast, visit Meteora and Asclepius, and enjoy a farewell meal before returning to Larissa for some shopping. Remember to prepare for an early Sunday departure.

Day 7 &
Departure

Group leaving early for breakfast and then heading back to Thessaloniki airport.

Philotimo Med Abroad takes care of the rest!

Standar
Volunteering

 

  • Tuition and fees
  • Central office support
  • Personalized pre-departure advising & support
  • Parental/family support and advisement
  • Program specific pre-departure information
  • On-site staff 
  • On-site orientation
  • Organized events
  • Visa guidance
  • Student health insurance

What's
Included

Accommodations: Safe and clean shared rooms with wifi, city view, and central location. One laundry service (5kg bag) provided. Individual rooms are available for extra cost.

Meals: Daily breakfast, Welcome and farewell Dinners, and excursion meals included.

Transportation: Airport transfers and transportation are provided for programs and excursions.

Excursions: Visit Meteora, the ancient hospital of Asclepius, and the museum/tomb of Hippocrates.

Miscellaneous: Comprehensive health/travel insurance provided. 24/7 local staff support on site.

Program
Cost

7 days Program fee $2,900 starting

2- weeks Program fee $3,500 starting

3- weeks Program fee $4500 starting

Included with the fees

*Note that the program start date listed is always a Saturday and your housing is available from that day.  

Program Review

Cancellation Policy

1. A deposit of $500 USD at signing.  All deposits are non-refundable.

2. Remaining Balance:

  • Remaining balance is due 30 days before the program start date.

3. Monthly Payments:

  • Pay the balance in monthly installments, with no additional fees.

4. Invite a friend and get an extra 10% off.

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