Preschool Assistant/Teacher

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founded in 2015
Coordinator | Filip
Coordinator | Filip
The assistant will directly support the implementation of the Preschool program. The main purpose is to implement psychosocial and recreational activities for refugees. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:

The assistant will directly support the implementation of the Preschool program. The main purpose of the position is to implement psychosocial and recreational activities for refugee children in order to create a safe and protective environment in Ritsona camp.

He/she is responsible for overseeing the care of the children during her/his sessions, while facilitating activities she/he runs with a child-friendly approach; ensuring that the children are free from any form of stress while feeling safe and secure is the main duty of the assistant.

He/She will be trained in specific methods of psychosocial activities and raise awareness around child-protection issues.

Due to the fact that there's a Greek Preschool operating on site, however aimed only for the 4-5 year old kids, the need for a safe space for 2 and 3 year olds remains open. In order to smoothen the transition to Greek preschool, and to keep the little minds developing we continue to run activities for these children. It's also an opportunity to catch some developmental problems that might need to be addressed, which could've gone unattended.

Implementing structure gives them an upper hand in the future when they join schools in any future country, and avoids a gap due to lack of stimuli.

There are no other activities in a safe space for children this age.

The preschool space comes fully equipped with various games, toys, and space for group and individual activities. It was created by a qualified Greek preschool teacher, in partnership with a Swiss organization focusing on Early Childhood Development.

A Volunteer joining us in this program will have full support from the staff, as well as a general and job specific training. They will have the opportunity to work in an international like minded team.

Typical day

Days start around 9:10 am when the Volunteer Cars leave from the Volunteer Accommodation, and provide pick up for team members who live in Chalkida - the biggest city in the area. Around 9:45 the whole on-site team is expected to be in camp.

The Preschool Program holds 2 classes daily from Monday to Friday. At 10 am the 3 year olds have a 2 hour session. at 12:30 the 2 year olds have a 1 hour session. Preschool ends at 13:30 after escorting the children back to their homes. For some children we provide a pick up service within the camp. After preschool is done the Volunteer might need to catch up on admin tasks such as attendance filling, reporting, planning activities and such. If more time is available and the Volunteer is willing, other activities can be delegated.

Bi weekly we have Volunteer/Team Dinners in various locations. On other weeks also bi weekly we hold Volunteer Update meetings on site.

Details on Arrival

The program runs throughout the whole year. Arrival date is flexible, however to build trust between the Volunteer and the Children we ask all applicants to be available for at least 2 months. More information will be provided in the interview stage.

Free-time activities

There are plenty of activities available for Volunteers in the area. In the winter skiing is available not that far away from Chalkida. In the summer a number of water sports is accessible. Additionally the close location to Athens makes it a great space for city exploration.

Water Sports
Winter Sports

Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 24 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Criminal Background Check
Education Requirements
Early Childhood Development, Nursery, Preschool at University level
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Past experience as animator/facilitator and/or technical experience in running activities for children (asset)
Demonstrates an understanding and desire of working with children in a particularly vulnerable environment
Interest in working with migrant and refugee children
Good written communication skills
Team player mentality and creative problem-solver
University degree in Education/Social Work/Psychology (asset)
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:30 - 16:30

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On-site services

Services by I AM YOU

Volunteer Accommodation (rent, heating, electricity, maintenance etc.)

Transport (covered fuel, car rental prices)


We offer a shared accommodation just outside of Chalkida, that can accommodate up to 8 people at a time. With shared and single rooms, 3 bathrooms, a big living room, dining area and kitchen, and a huge garden. The house is located roughly 400 meters away from the sea. It's fully equipped with kitchen utensils, beddings, towels and such.

Internet Access
Limited access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either. Food, snacks or beverages are at extra costs.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH) in Athens. We assist you to find cheap flights to Greece.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Greece provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Greece you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Greece.
Costs: Prices in USD
8 weeks (min. stay)
$ 683
12 weeks
$ 1,027
50 weeks (max. stay)
$ 3,500
Average fees
$ 78 /week

You can volunteer at the project site in Vathi/Greece between 8 weeks and 50 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. I AM YOU will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in Greece.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with I AM YOU during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.
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