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Volunteer FAQ 

How can I volunteer?

We have a simple four-step process for potential volunteers:

  1. Read our latest opportunities to understand what kind of roles we have and the kind of skills and experience we are looking for.

  2. Apply to volunteer using our online form.

  3. Organize your travel and accommodation. Unfortunately, as a small NGO, we are not in a position to provide help with travel or accommodation costs, and we are unable to provide visa sponsorship.

  4. Fundraise and spread the word. We ask all prospective volunteers to try to raise a small amount of money from their home communities to support our work. For more information on fundraising, click here. 

Why volunteer with Hestia?

We are a small organisation and as such each volunteer is an integral part of the team.

 

We provide a focused set of services from one location so every member of the team, during their time with us, is heavily involved in the design, delivery and review of our community activities. This helps us to continually develop and refine our work, making sure we learn from every person who comes through our doors. We are set up and run by a diverse and dedicated group of professionals from different practices, which gives us the opportunity to support and challenge each other, and learn every day. 

What experience do I need?

It depends! We've worked hard to define the different roles that we have within the team to make sure we can provide potential volunteers with the information they need to apply. Generally, we do ask that potential volunteers have education, training or vocational experience in their area. We are able to offer access to some training, but do not have the capacity to fully support an individual to develop into a role they have not previously undertaken.

How long can I volunteer?

Generally, we ask that placements are at least three weeks, and we are happy for you to stay as long as you are able. 

How far in advance do I need to apply?

Generally, it takes around two weeks from us receiving an application to complete the recruitment process. This allows both the team at Hestia and the potential volunteer time to get to know each other, ask important questions and ensure that the role meets expectations on both sides. 

It is important to note that our program of work does change in response to outside conditions. Sometimes, when placements are agreed well in advance, the role may have slightly changed by the time the volunteer arrives. We do our best to try and meet initial expectations but ask that all volunteers come ready to be flexible.

Do I need to speak Greek?

No, speaking Greek is a real asset but our working language is English. We are always happy to welcome volunteers who can speak one of our community languages, but the most important asset is a desire to learn and collaborate with others. 

Where can I stay?

We have a volunteer apartment with three bedrooms that we are able to offer for €10 per night (all utilities included). This is allocated based on a first come - first served basis, and is often booked by longer-term volunteers. We provide links and guidance to potential places to stay within Athens and our HR team is happy to answer more specific questions during the interview. 

Can I volunteer with a friend or partner?

Absolutely! We are always happy to speak to teams and groups to see how we can accommodate them within our work. Contact hr@hestiahellas.org for more information.

What financial support do you offer with the volunteering process?

We are a very small organisation and are not able to offer financial support to volunteers in terms of travel and subsistence. We know that this can limit those who are able to join us at our centre in Athens which is why we have created other opportunities for potential volunteers to engage with and join our community remotely.  Our priority for any funding is to directly support the running of Hestia. 

Can you sponsor a Visa?

Unfortunately, we cannot provide financial or other support (for example health insurance) for a Visa application. If you are able to get a visa without sponsorship, we can provide a letter to confirm your volunteering commitment. 

Can I get a reference at the end of my placement?

Of course! We are happy to provide all volunteers with a reference of the time they spent, their role and contribution.

Who can I ask for help?

Our HR team is available during your time to answer any questions you may have. You will also have a direct supervisor for specific programmatic questions.  We also promote the support of our wider volunteer community through our internal social media channels. There is always someone who might be able to help!

If you have other questions, please email hr@hestiahellas.org

 

All our volunteers are provided with our Volunteer Welcome Guide after being accepted. This will provide you with all the information that you should need for your time within our community.