In second of two guest posts about spending summer in Greece (read the first one here, Turner Barr of Aroundtheworldin80jobs.com looks at how you can give something back to the Greek community when you’re there. To keep up-to-date with Turner you can follow him on Twitter and like his page on Facebook.
Ok, Ok, so now the debauched half of the summer is out of the way, you are starting to feel those guilt pains… no wait, that would be your stomach and nausea pains – I wonder why! Well, if you’re all partied out, or never even made it onto the booze cruise to begin with, why not try and win back a few karma points and give back a little?
And if you are going to give back, why not give back from the paradise of the Greek Islands. I mean, it can’t be all sacrifice, right? You can get that gentle tingling sensation all over your body from doing good work for others while at the same time covering up your heinously pale complexion with some much-needed sun.
So without any further introduction, let me throw you five alive and ready volunteering options for this summer in the Greek Islands to atone for your hedonistic ways.
Volunteers for peace
With a number of different projects going on this summer in Greece and more being added all the time, you don’t have to look far to repent for said sins. The work is varied, so you’re bound to find something for you, from supervising kid’s camps to conservation and environmental work. And the bets bit is, you still get to take in the summertime in the blue Isles of Homer.
So to summarize an already ridiculously short and vague paragraph about volunteering with VFP – it is in Greece, there is work to be done, there’s a camp and there is still the chance to live in Greece for the summer and do something nice for someone else. This looks good to both your parents and on a resume. All in all, it is the perfect summer caper.
Check out Volunteers For Peace for all the juicy deets on all of their projects.
Earth, Sea & Sky
Yes, the name of this volunteer organization is as cool as thing itself, and the name of the island it calls home is as unpronounceable as the rest of everything else in Greece (Zakynthos).
Zakynthos is one of the 6 islands that make up the archipelago in the Ionian Sea. Here the main drive of the organization is to help strike a balance between tourism and ecology. This summer’s gig entails cleaning up beaches, conservation and informing the tourist hordes of the do’s and don’ts to protect wild life, flora and fauna care-taking and animal rescuing. Basically, if you like sea turtles and sea lions, you should jump on top of this faster than a Greek downs his ouzo.
Head over to Earth, Sea & Sky Global for more info.
Yes, the legendary World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms experience, ranging from picking grapes in beautiful New Zealand to shovelling all kinds of horrible things in a country you’ve never heard of. This organization is the go-to for those Birkenstock-clad folk who wish to get down and dirty on their vacations – in the actual ground that is – what were you thinking? Mind – focus – proceed.
Anywho, Greece has some great WWOOFing gigs, comprising more of the picking olives and grapes for wine and less of the shifting animal dung variety. If being in the fields is your thing then definitely check out some of the summer jobs opportunities WWOOF is throwing up.
Jump over to the WWOOF website for more details.
If you like rug rats and desire to be nowhere more than beautiful Greece, this could be your ticket. However, here the story is a bit different. Global volunteering in Greece works with at-risk kids by teaching them to master English.
Unlike the aforementioned volunteer gigs, this one will not involve you being outside all day in the scorching heat. It’s perfect for someone who wants to get a taste of the great outdoors without completely frying their noodle.
Check out Global Volunteers to see how you can make your mark.
Last but not least, the wild card. If you didn’t see anything here that suits your fancy, check out Work Away, which directly links volunteers with those in need of a hand. Usually the trade-off is free stay and food for the use of your muscle (see: non-existent muscle from being spoiled by Facebooking all day).
Check out Workaway to see if you can find a more tailored and personal experience to meet your summer volunteering needs. Check it out to make your mark.
Need some accommodation while you volunteer, or just fancy a trip out to Ionian Sea archipelago? Book now with Workaway.
Have you done any volunteer work in Greece? Let us know about it in the comments…