Action for Education

Action for Education is a young and dynamic NGO supporting refugee communities through non-formal education in Chios, Athens and Samos.

Where is it?

Three locations in Greece: Athens, Chios, Samos

Nearest Airport

Athens International Airport

Chios Island National Airport

Samos International Airport

About the project

Action for Education is a young and dynamic NGO supporting refugee communities in Greece. They run non-formal education centres in Chios, Samos and Athens for women and young people. They are a 100% volunteer-run organisation.

Athens, they run an education programme as part of a Women’s Centre in partnership with Action for Women. This important centre provides three key pillars of support: education, livelihoods and protection.

On Samos, there are two centres – The Banana House, a centre focusing on 18 – 23 year olds, filling a gap in education provision and access to basic services and The Nest, which has an extensive play space for young children aged 2 – 7.

What will I be doing?

The AFE volunteer teams work with asylum seekers to build resilience, develop skills and provide psychosocial support. Currently they run three projects located in Athens, Chios and Samos. One of your roles will be preparing and running appropriate and engaging language classes (mainly English, Greek, German and French).

The project on Chios has been running since 2016. Comprising a Youth Centre and Education Programme, this project provides essential safe spaces for refugee youth aged 15 – 22.

What impact would I have?

As part of the team you will provide vital non-formal education and psychosocial support in response to the conditions faced in reception camps and urban environments. Action for Education’s spaces offer an alternative to camp life, a means to fight boredom and create friendships across different ethnic backgrounds.

Who would I be working with?

You will be working as part of a volunteer team consisting of experienced youth workers, teachers and individuals with creativity, enthusiasm and a wide range of skills. AFE also work with people from the local community, camp residents and collaborate with other organisations.

Minimum Age



It’s important to the AFE team that volunteers become part of a community. They provide shared accommodation in city-based apartments for all who volunteer. They ask that residents contribute a small amount into a house pot each week.

Minimum time

6 weeks

Extra Costs

  • Travel to and from different locations including travel to Greece
  • €10 – €20 weekly covering communal groceries & apartment utilities