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  10. February 2016

United Rescue Aid

Communicates between boats, coast guard and land support. There are other similarly named groups, but this is the one people on Lesvos work with.

refugee info: sea crossing | Greek Islands: Lesvos
  18. February 2016

Alarmphone: Safety at Sea

Guidelines for crossing the Aegean, with emergency protocols in many languages

refugee info: sea crossing | Greek Islands: Lesvos | Greek Islands: Other (not Lesvos)
  10. February 2016

Lesvos for Refugees Google map

Major camps, services and safe landing spots marked.

maps | refugee info: general | Greek Islands: Lesvos
  30. March 2016

Volunteers returning from Lesvos and the Syrian refugee crisis

A Facebook group for discussing next efforts and sharing experiences.

after volunteering | General
  30. March 2016

Refugee Crisis Volunteer -- Share Your Story!

Do you like public speaking? This Facebook group can help you arrange opportunities to talk about your experience.

after volunteering | General
  10. February 2016

Refugee.info

IRC/Mercy Corps website with info in English / Arabic / Farsi. Covers Serbia, Macedonia, Greece (Athens, Lesvos and Kos). Nicely designed and mobile-friendly. Good internal links to legal details, news, communication tools, etc. Also available as an app.

refugee info: general | Greek Islands: Lesvos | Greece: Central (Athens area) | Greek Islands: Other (not Lesvos) | General
  30. March 2016

Help refugees from home

Suggestions for ongoing work at home, with local organizations or through remote support for Greece-based groups.

after volunteering | General
  10. February 2016

How to use social media effectively

Lesvos-experienced PR pros' advice for getting the word out.

after volunteering | General
  25. February 2016

Red Cross Restoring Family Links

ICRC's missing-persons team.

refugee info: general | General
  10. February 2016

How to talk to reporters

Compiled by PR pros with Lesvos experience--to help you get your message across.

after volunteering | General
  14. February 2016

Working with children in Greece (official recommendations)

Assembled by the Child Protection Sub-Working Group (CPSWG): NGOs, UN agencies and other partners on Lesvos.

work tips: general | General
  10. February 2016

Unicef ethical photography guidelines

Short answer: respect.

work tips: general | General
  10. February 2016

Life Vest Upcycling

Collected wisdom and ideas

work tips: general | donations | General
  17. March 2016

How aid workers stay healthy: a psychologist's guide

Guardian story

work tips: self-care | General
  10. February 2016

Refugee Phrasebook

Giant compilation of phrases in many languages. In a Google Sheet; better used on a laptop than a phone.

communication tools | General
  10. February 2016

Tips for Self-Care

Excellent compilation of wisdom and resources for maintaining a healthy outlook on Lesvos and after returning home.

work tips: self-care | General
  15. February 2016

Asylum info: Germany, Switzerland, Greece (folder)

Link to folder continuing information on the asylum process in (so far) Greece, Germany and Switzerland. Larger PDFs inside. (Current as of February 2016.)

refugee info: legal | General
  23. February 2016

Are You Syrious? news

Daily updates on the situation, from Turkey up through the Balkans. Also at https://medium.com/@AreYouSyrious.

news | General
  26. January 2016

News That Moves [for reference only; ARCHIVE]

InterNews's funding for this project has ended as of May 2017. Still listed here as an archive. Also of note, at the same site (and also archived): In the Loop newsletter, for data-based feedback from camps, and Refugee Rumors.

news | General
  10. February 2016

TransferWise

For sending international money wires with lower fees. Money earned through this referral link will be donated to refugee efforts.

donations | General
  13. February 2016

Mytiline city bus schedule (in Greek! PDF)

Schedule for buses around Mytilene town (including buses to Moria and to the airport). Direct link to a PDF file. In Greek only. Moria schedule is line 15 (weekdays), line 3 (next section, for Saturdays) and line 1 (last section, for Sundays).

other recommended websites | Greek Islands: Lesvos
  6. March 2016

Infant feeding guidelines

Guidelines for volunteers and refugees, in English, Arabic, Farsi and Greek.

work tips: medical | General
  11. March 2016

Relocation program info

Compiled by w2eu

refugee info: legal | General
  13. February 2016

KTEL Lesvos bus schedule

English language site for buses across the island. This link goes to the interactive schedule page.

other recommended websites | Greek Islands: Lesvos
  15. February 2016

Information Point for Lesvos Volunteers

Facebook group for discussion

*Lesvos basics* | Greek Islands: Lesvos
  15. February 2016

Hypothermia / CPR / AED guidelines

Illustrated. In color. Prepared by Boat Refugee Foundation.

work tips: medical | General
  11. March 2016

Legal contacts for refugees in Greece

Collected by the Elena organization. List of legal aid groups and other NGOs offering legal support.

refugee info: legal | General
  15. February 2016

Information Point for Greece Volunteers

General umbrella Facebook group. Ask questions here if you can't find answers at region-specific groups.

**get started** | General
  26. January 2016

Lesvos Volunteers ride sharing

FB page for ride sharing.

*Lesvos basics* | Greek Islands: Lesvos
  10. February 2016

How to Use an Emergency Blanket under Wet Clothing

Handy photos! Remember: emergency blankets do not *warm* a person; they only keep them from getting colder.

work tips: medical | General
  10. February 2016

Guidelines for Medicine Donations

From the World Health Organization

donations | General
  26. January 2016

Lesvos Volunteers accommodation sharing

FB page to share accommodation.

*Lesvos basics* | Greek Islands: Lesvos
  10. February 2016

Hypothermia Treatment Basics for Volunteers

Learn the difference between mild and severe hypothermia.

work tips: medical | General
  13. February 2016

Schedule of weekly UNHCR meetings (PDF)

Updated as frequently as possible. Best to subscribe to the UNHCR newsletter to be sure of getting most current details.

other recommended websites | Greek Islands: Lesvos
  15. February 2016

Communication icons

Sheet of common icons for nonverbal communication -- just point! (Different version, simpler, in color: http://bit.ly/lesvolcoloricons)

communication tools | General
  30. March 2016

Arabic broadcasts on Greek TV

News bulletins in Arabic, after the usual Greek news broadcasts on ERT1 (Greek: EPT1) at 16:00, 19:00 and 22:00. Stream online.

news | refugee info: general | General
  26. January 2016

Lesvos Volunteer Map

All the spots on it (shopping, hotels, camps, beaches, etc) are also under 'Places' on this site. Click each point for more info (phone numbers, bus schedules, etc). You can hide layers that aren't necessary, and save the whole thing to your phone (star to save under My Maps).

maps | *Lesvos basics* | Greek Islands: Lesvos
  10. February 2016

Basic principles of crowd management

Essential.

work tips: general | General
  10. February 2016

UNHCR Lesvos newsletter

Sign up to receive weekly email with arrivals data, weekly meeting minutes, contact lists, and more. Anyone can sign up--don't be put off by the questions about what organization you're with. (But be honest :) Your details will be entered into the master contact list for Lesvos.)

work tips: general | data | *Lesvos basics* | Greek Islands: Lesvos
  13. February 2016

Aegean Shopping Directory

Awesome Aegean! Recommended refugee-friendly shops and other services on the islands, and some around Athens and Thessaloniki. Support local business!

donations | General
  15. February 2016

German - Arabic - Dari/Farsi phrase list for volunteers

With Greek at the bottom.

communication tools | General
  8. March 2016

RefuComm communication for refugees

As of October 2016, single best one-stop legal info point for refugees in Greece. Practical bulletins about asylum, relocation and reunification procedures, in Arabic, Farsi, Kurdish, and some in Pashto and Urdu. Pre-registration flowchart from UNHCR is here ("Legal pathways flowchart"), with helpful color-coding. "Preparing for your asylum interview" section, including a long list of questions that may be asked.

refugee info: legal | General
  25. March 2016

Best distribution practices

How to safely and effectively distribute food, clothes, etc. Developed for Idomeni but applies anywhere.

work tips: general | General
  26. January 2016

Greece camps map

For easiest searching and orientation. All the spots on it are also under 'Places' on this site.

maps | **get started** | *Athens basics* | *Katsika Ioannina basics* | *Northern Greece basics* | General
  10. February 2016

10 Tips for Individuals Volunteering in a Refugee Camp

Blog post by Gillian Seely

work tips: general | work tips: self-care | General
  10. February 2016

Aegean wave height forecast

Higher waves, fewer boats...usually.

data | Greek Islands: Lesvos | Greek Islands: Other (not Lesvos)
  10. February 2016

Luggage-fee waiver letter template

Coordinate with the group you're working with to add signature and registered charity/NGO letterhead, then file with your airline.

donations | General
  15. February 2016

English - Arabic - Dari/Farsi phrase list for volunteers

With a bit of Greek at the bottom!

communication tools | General
  23. February 2016

Volunteer registration for mainland Greece

Some camps require this; others don't. Confirm with the group you will be working with. On the website, select “Sign up for individual volunteers.” Fill out the online form. Questions? Email assistanceinfo@ypes.gr.

*Athens basics* | *Katsika Ioannina basics* | *Northern Greece basics* | General
  10. February 2016

Communications Google Drive

Public folder for all signs, phrase lists and other tools for communicating with refugees. (Most developed on the island of Lesvos, so some are very location-specific.)

communication tools | Greek Islands: Lesvos | General
  10. February 2016

Warehouse categories/labels

Print for use in warehouses, or when preparing donations to send. Designed by Cyril Romann.

donations | General
  19. February 2016

Boat landing protocol

Developed by Stichting Bootvluchteling and UNHCR -- the best procedure for calm and safety.

work tips: general | work tips: medical | Greek Islands: Lesvos | Greek Islands: Other (not Lesvos)
  23. February 2016

Volunteer registration on Lesvos (Ministry of the Aegean)

Police registration for groups and individual volunteers is required, and can be done via email before you arrive, or at the Ministry of the Aegean in person. **If link is not working (site goes down periodically), the form is here: http://bit.ly/lesvolregistration Return to semko@ypai.gr**

*Lesvos basics* | Greek Islands: Lesvos
  26. January 2016

Information for Volunteers on Lesvos (Google doc)

Want to volunteer on Lesvos? This is all the information you need to get started--and plenty more after that.

*Lesvos basics* | Greek Islands: Lesvos
  13. February 2016

General work principles

Best practices. Every volunteer should read these. Links to the main Lesvos info doc.

work tips: general | General
  9. March 2016

Greece asylum info in 18 languages

What to say to claim asylum in Greece. Note that this guide is somewhat out of date--it was *not* written for the current situation, and is not totally accurate in some spots. But for an overview, and in the absence of other details, it is a helpful starting point.

refugee info: legal | General
  26. January 2016

How to Volunteer in Greece (Info for Greece Volunteers)

Basic info to get started, with brief profiles of camps and lists of which camps need which language skills.

**get started** | General
  2. June 2016

UNHCR Data Platform -- Mediterranean

Dig down for lots of maps and reports.

data | General
  2. June 2016

Refugee Crisis Reality Check

Good overview of what to expect as a volunteer -- mental prep, rather than logistical. Compiled by Campfire Innovation.

**get started** | *Lesvos basics* | *Athens basics* | *Katsika Ioannina basics* | *Northern Greece basics* | General
  2. June 2016

Refugees Deeply

In-depth analysis of the refugee situation, following the model of Syria Deeply.

news | General
  11. June 2016

information for Athens (Google folder)

Compiled documents for Athens volunteers provided by the Athens Volunteers Information and Coordination Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/AthensVolunteersInformation/ Please read first if you are headed to Athens.

work tips: general | *Athens basics* | Greece: Central (Athens area)
  11. June 2016

Rapid Response Refugee Translators

Facebook group with a pool of translators available to help with projects in many languages.

communication tools | General
  11. June 2016

Conflict De-escalation

How to calm down a volatile situation, how to soothe angry people. Compiled documents provided by the Athens Volunteers Information and Coordination Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/AthensVolunteersInformation/

work tips: general | General
  16. June 2016

Info Guide for Volunteers in Katsika Ioannina

This main document provides all the basic info for volunteering at Katsika.

work tips: general | *Katsika Ioannina basics* | Greece: West
  16. June 2016

Katsika Ioannina Volunteers Information Point

Facebook group for coordination

*Katsika Ioannina basics* | Greece: West
  16. June 2016

Information Point for Northern Greece Volunteers

Facebook group for coordination.

*Northern Greece basics* | Greece: North and East
  16. June 2016

Immigrant and Refugee Support Group in Athens

Facebook group for coordination.

*Athens basics* | Greece: Central (Athens area)
  18. June 2016

Bienvenidos Refugiados Voluntariados Grecia

Facebook group for sharing information in Spanish for volunteers

facebook groups | General
  18. June 2016

Medics for Greece

Facebook group for coordinating placement of people with medical skills.

facebook groups | General
  20. June 2016

NGO registration

To register your organization in Greece, go to this website and select "Sign up for organizations."  Questions? Email assistanceinfo@ypes.gr.

work tips: general | Greece: North and East
  20. June 2016

Northern Greece -Volunteers Accommodation and Ride Share

Facebook for sharing rooms and rides in Thessaloniki and around (formerly for Idomeni area only)

facebook groups | *Northern Greece basics* | Greece: North and East
  20. June 2016

Information for Volunteers in Northern Greece

Basic orientation document, with work tips and more.

*Northern Greece basics* | Greece: North and East
  20. June 2016

Northern Greece Volunteers Map

Thessaloniki and northern camps and services. *For general orientation only. For the most current collection of pins, see the Places directory on this site.*

maps | *Northern Greece basics* | Greece: North and East
  22. June 2016

Tips for Buying Aid for Refugees in Athens

collected by Anastasia Shepherd For a list of all shopping pins in Athens (dynamic, on this site), see www.bit.ly/GVAthensShopPins, then click 'show results on map' to create a Google Map.

work tips: general | donations | *Athens basics* | Greece: Central (Athens area)
  23. June 2016

Chios Refugees: Volunteers Collaboration

*Chios basics* | Greek Islands: Other (not Lesvos)
  23. June 2016

Chios Eastern Shore Response Team - Info Point

main coordinating group on Chios

*Chios basics* | Greek Islands: Other (not Lesvos)
  26. June 2016

Life After Lesvos - Returning Volunteers Reconnect & Share

Facebook community/page.

after volunteering | Greek Islands: Lesvos
  28. June 2016

Packing list

In the Lesvos volunteer doc, a detailed packing list (some items are just for winter).

work tips: general | General
  28. June 2016

Volunteering in Chios

info doc with orientation for volunteers

*Chios basics* | Greek Islands: Other (not Lesvos)
  28. June 2016

Chios map for volunteers

From this site: all Chios map pins on a Google Map.

maps | *Chios basics* | Greek Islands: Other (not Lesvos)
  28. June 2016

Chios Volunteer Registration Form

Sign-up sheet for volunteering on Chios

*Chios basics* | Greek Islands: Other (not Lesvos)
  14. July 2016

Social benefits for refugees in Greece -- master lists

Collection of PDFs listing organizations providing support, in a variety of categories (food, Greek language lessons, psychological support, accommodation, education, legal and medical support). Allegedly in multiple languages, but currently (mid-July 2016) seeing only English. All info was collected April-June; not certain of plans to keep updated.

refugee info: legal | Greek Islands: Lesvos | Greece: North and East | Greece: Central (Athens area) | Greece: West | Greek Islands: Other (not Lesvos) | General
  22. July 2016

Voluntariados en Grecia (info doc in Spanish)

Maintained by Bienvenidos Refugiados en Grecia.

**get started** | General
  6. August 2016

I have medical skills. How do I help?

In addition to the Volunteers Needed listings here on the site, also search the Teams directory by 'medical / health care.' And join and post in the Facebook group Medics for Greece, http://www.facebook.com/groups/135609506795670/

FAQs | General
  6. August 2016

I speak Arabic / Farsi / Urdu etc. How can I help?

Speakers of Arabic, Farsi, Kurdish, Urdu and more are needed all over. Many of the camps are a majority of one nationality. Please see www.bit.ly/howtovolunteeringreece (work by skill set) for a chart of camps organized by majority language. Also of course see the Volunteers Needed section of this site for specific calls (check the 'language' box when searching) and search the Teams directory for other organisations that need translators but which may not be actively recruiting.

FAQs | General
  6. August 2016

I want to come [on any date more than two weeks from now]. Will my help still be needed?

Short answer: yes. As for where...it's hard to say in advance, as the situation changes frequently. Please prep by reading http://bit.ly/howtovolunteeringreece. You can safely commit to buying a ticket to either Athens or Thessaloniki, then adding on tickets to specific destinations later. Reach out to various organizations, but understand that administrative support is limited, and you may not get a response immediately if your planned trip date is more than a few weeks away. It's stressful, we know...but trust that plans will fall into place and you will be useful in the end.

FAQs | General
  6. August 2016

Why isn't there a "Volunteers Offered" section? I'm sure my skills would be useful somewhere.

There are so many talented volunteers with great skills--but very few admins, and no one with the capacity to sift through a huge list of volunteers and their skills and trip dates.* This is why we leave it up to you to read the Volunteers Needed listings and browse the Teams directory to see what groups are working where, and decide which might be a good fit for you. (*Group coordinators: We don't mean to underestimate you; we're just basing this on past experience. If a volunteer database would be useful to you, please let us know: admin@greecevol.info.)

FAQs | General
  6. August 2016

Providing Housing for Refugees -- guidelines

Compiled documents for Athens volunteers provided by the Athens Volunteers Information and Coordination Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/AthensVolunteersInformation/

work tips: general | donations | General
  7. August 2016

Athens map for volunteers

Dynamic list of all Athens pins from this site. Click 'show results on map' to see a Google Map.

maps | *Athens basics* | Greece: Central (Athens area)
  7. August 2016

Western Greece volunteers map

All pins from this site in Western Greece on a Google Map.

maps | *Katsika Ioannina basics* | Greece: West
  7. August 2016

Lesvos shopping map

From this site: dynamic Google Map of all Lesvos shopping locations

maps | donations | Greek Islands: Lesvos
  7. August 2016

Athens shopping map

From this very site: all Athens shopping pins in Athens, on a Google Map.

maps | donations | Greece: Central (Athens area)
  7. August 2016

Northern Greece shopping map

From this site: all northern Greece shops on a Google Map.

maps | donations | *Northern Greece basics* | Greece: North and East
  16. August 2016

Mental Health and Psychosocial Reprot

Compiled by major aid agencies with guidelines for volunteers to provide mental-health support to refugees. Provides "advice on protecting and supporting the mental health and psychosocial wellbeing of refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants in Europe. It describes key principles and appropriate interventions." Link leads to website with links to a downloadable report in numerous languages (English, Arabic, Croatian, German, Greek, French, Italian, Portuguese, Slovenian, Spanish). Click further to download PDF.

work tips: medical | General
  16. August 2016

I don't have any special skills. Can I still help?

Yes, definitely! This whole response has been driven by regular people with energy and time to commit. See the "volunteer starter kit" page on this site, particularly the main Google doc.

FAQs | General
  25. August 2016

Northern Greece -- Volunteers Accommodation and Ride Share

Facebook group for coordinating room / hotel sharing and arranging rides and rental-car shares.

*Northern Greece basics* | Greece: North and East
  7. September 2016

FB page feeds: Lesvos

Click over for a one-page feed of organisations working on Lesvos. (Not totally up-to-date. --Sept 6, 2016.)

FB page feeds | Greek Islands: Lesvos
  7. September 2016

FB page feeds: Other islands (Chios, Samos, Leros, Kos...)

Click over for a one-page feed of organisations working on all the island *except* Lesvos.

FB page feeds | Greek Islands: Other (not Lesvos)
  7. September 2016

FB page feeds: Mainland: Central (Athens area)

Click for one-page feed of major organisations working in central Greece (Athens and beyond).

FB page feeds | Greece: Central (Athens area)
  7. September 2016

FB page feeds: Mainland: North and East (Thessaloniki and Thrace)

Click over for a one-page feed of the organisations working around Thessaloniki and into eastern Greece.

FB page feeds | Greece: North and East
  7. September 2016

FB page feeds: Mainland: West (Ioannina) and Peloponnese

Click over for a one-page feed of groups working in western Greece and in the Peloponnese.

FB page feeds | Greece: West
  15. September 2016

Dissecting the Propaganda on Syria

This disinformation and propaganda on Syria takes three distinct forms. The first is the demonization of the Syrian leadership. The second is the romanticization of the opposition. The third form involves attacking anyone questioning the preceding characterizations. [posted by Thierry]

user opinion | General
  15. September 2016

The Death Toll in Syria: What Do the Numbers Really Say?

What is the Syrian death toll now? 400,000? Less? More? [posted by Thierry]

user opinion | General
  27. September 2016

Official Greek government: Info for asylum for people arrived after March 20, 2016

In Greek, English, Arabic, Dari

refugee info: legal | General
  27. September 2016

refugees tv

refugee-produced reports التحدث عن معاناة الاجئيين

news | Greece: North and East | General
  30. September 2016

Sixth EU report on relocation and resettlement -- September 2016

"Boring and nerdy" -- you were warned :) -- "but a really reliable informative look into the problems surrounding relocation, how it's progressing and how the Greek Asylum Service is functioning behind the scenes."

refugee info: legal | General
  30. September 2016

RefuComm YouTube channel

For refugees who don't read, RefuComm maintains this helpful collection of videos. Always expanding!

refugee info: legal | General
  6. October 2016

Vento.TV

Translators on call via video.

communication tools | General
  6. October 2016

Appointment search tool / full appointment list.

Find your appointment time using your registration number. If that fails, consult the entire list of appointments, through April 2017, sorted by registration number: http://bit.ly/greeceapptlist

refugee info: legal | General
  6. October 2016

Damascus Bureau: Syria Stories

Project by Institute for War and Peace Reporting, testimonies by Syrian women, from all sides of the war. Related: this excellent essay by Lina Mounzer, a Lebanese translator who worked on this project. Beautifully written, and key details about how individual experience gets flattened in news coverage in translation. http://lithub.com/war-in-translation-giving-voice-to-the-women-of-syria/ [posted by Zora]

user opinion | General
  11. October 2016

U.S. and U.K. Continue to Actively Participate in Saudi War Crimes, Targeting of Yemeni Civilians

A central player of the region is mostly overlooked. With a $30 Billion arms budget and US/UK backing, Saudi Arabia plays a key role in destabilising its neighbours.

user opinion | General
  17. October 2016

Thessaloniki city buses

City bus app (download for Android, iOS, Windows) is highly recommended.

other recommended websites | Greece: North and East
  17. October 2016

KTEL Macedonia bus schedule

For buses from Thessaloniki to surrounding towns

other recommended websites | Greece: North and East
  19. October 2016

Safeguarding children / how to get a criminal background check

Compiled by Sumita Shah. Instructions for (highly recommended) procedure of getting official clearance to work with children.

work tips: general | **get started** | General
  20. October 2016

Will the Gulf of Tonkin Fit into the Red Sea?

The United States destabilized Yemen with a massive killing spree known as a “drone war.” The United States armed Saudi Arabia to bomb Yemen with jets, supplied the jets, supplied the bombs (and cluster bombs), refueled the jets midair, provided the targeting information, provided the cover at the United Nations, and deployed its ships to the coast of Yemen as part of its effort to achieve U.S./Saudi power in Yemen through mass murder and devastation. If one group or another or nobody in Yemen fired some harmless shots at a U.S. ship the outcome is the same: zero legal or moral or practical justification to continue or escalate the killing, and zero logic in calling such escalation “defensive.”

user opinion | General
  20. October 2016

When Mosul falls, Isis will flee to the safety of Syria. But what then?

Robert Fisk on the motives behind the invasion of Mosul Syria’s army and Hezbollah and Iranian allies are preparing for a massive invasion by thousands of Isis fighters who will be driven out of Iraq when Mosul falls. The real purpose behind the much-trumpeted US-planned “liberation” of the Iraqi city, the Syrian military suspect, is to swamp Syria with the hordes of Isis fighters who will flee their Iraqi capital in favour of their “mini-capital” of Raqqa inside Syria itself.

user opinion | General
  22. October 2016

Athens volunteers accommodations and ride sharing

Facebook group for coordinating hotel and room shares and transport.

*Athens basics* | Greece: Central (Athens area)
  25. October 2016

First-time volunteer FAQs

Right here on this very site.

**get started** | General
  29. October 2016

W2EU Welcome to Greece guide

Arabic: http://w2eu.info/greece.ar.html Farsi: http://w2eu.info/greece.fa.html PDFs in all languages: http://w2eu.info/greece.en/articles/greece-guide.en.html This guide includes a whole chapter on the special situation on the islands for all refugees arrived since March 20, 2016, in addition to a larger section for those on the mainland, plus detailed information on family reunification and relocation, plus a lot of useful contacts mainly in Athens and Thessaloniki.

refugee info: legal | refugee info: general | General
  29. October 2016

Return Watch (Turkey)

Monitors treatment of refugees forcibly returned to Turkey. Contact for legal support if needed; click 'contact form' for link to secure browser form.

refugee info: legal | Other countries (outside Greece) | General
  31. October 2016

Teaching resources (courtesy No Border School)

Google Drive of materials for teaching English and German materials, courtesy of No Border School. Includes Farsi-English and Arabic-English materials.

work tips: general | refugee info: general | General
  8. November 2016

WhatsApp groups -- master list

See this post on FB for instructions on how to join various WhatsApp groups (including translation ones)

communication tools | *Lesvos basics* | Greek Islands: Lesvos | Greece: North and East | Greece: Central (Athens area) | Greece: West | Greek Islands: Other (not Lesvos) | General
  1. December 2016

LGBTQ support orgs

Link to Facebook post listing major organizations and help centers in Athens. Many are also listed in the Places directory on this site (search 'LGBT').

refugee info: legal | *Athens basics* | Greece: Central (Athens area) | General
  2. December 2016

Gas canister safety videos

In English, Arabic and Farsi. Prevent fires!

refugee info: general | General
  11. December 2016

Boat Report - Lesvos

FB page where Lesvos boat arrivals are posted. (May not be totally complete.)

work tips: general | news | Greek Islands: Lesvos
  14. December 2016

An alternative view on the events

This article is the first in a two-part series of one Western journalist’s journey to Aleppo, a city ravaged by an insurgency supported by the United States, NATO member states, and their allies in the Gulf states and Israel.

user opinion | General
  7. January 2017

Athens Volunteers Information and Co-ordination Group

New information and Co-ordination Group for Athens assisting: 1) volunteers on the ground with guidance, hints and tips on volunteering in Athens 2) new and existing volunteers with information on where to volunteer in Athens and surrounding areas 3) with distribution to squats, camps and shelters from Ellinikon Warehouse and other major suppliers/donors in Athens. 4) providing information, help and support to individuals and organisations to connect vulnerable refugees with housing and other urgent and immediate needs (such as access to shelters, food, clothing, medical, psychological, lgbtq support)

*Athens basics* | Greece: Central (Athens area)
  12. January 2017

Refugees 2 Refugees R2R Solidarity Call Center

Refugee-staffed call center, based in Thessaloniki. +302311180903 (Mon - Fri 10.00 - 16.00) FacebooK: https://www.facebook.com/Refugees-to-Refugees-R2R-Solidarity-Call-Center-1039101139520127/ 

refugee info: legal | refugee info: general | General
  19. January 2017

Camp population data via Greek government [NOT CURRENT]

[LAST UPDATE AUGUST 1, 2017] Spreadsheet (feeds to map at www.bit.ly/campsmap) showing population numbers, copied from weekly "summary statement of refugee flows." Easier than finding on Greek government site (Ministry of Digital Information) or digging through UNHCR site. Note that not all camps report every week, so data on specific camps may not be accurate at any given time.

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  19. January 2017

Thessaloniki - Polikastro or nearby Camps

If you need regular transportation from Thessaloniki city center/ to nearby camps, safe and quick by car, just drop me line. - Can host 1-3 people for car. Only for fuel cost :) whatsupp/viber: +306937981241 (upon request and availability)

work tips: general | *Northern Greece basics* | Greece: North and East
  25. January 2017

Coordination Group: Aid Transport and Logistics Greece

Facebook group for organizing aid shipments to Greece. Join if you will be sending large amounts.

donations | facebook groups | General
  25. January 2017

Warehouses in Greece

From this very site: all warehouses in the Places directory, pinned on a map.

maps | donations | General
  28. January 2017

Athens Markets

Map of the days and locations of the street markets ("Laiki") where affordable prices for fruits and vegetables can be found, especially later in the day (2-4 pm) when stands are starting to close. Also has dairy vending machines and supermarkets.

maps | refugee info: general | Greece: Central (Athens area)
  16. February 2017

Perpetuating a Stalemate in Syria

With no end in sight for the war in Syria, the Obama administration continues to approach the conflict in a way that is prolonging the fighting. As it pursues its stated goal of removing the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad from power, the Obama administration is implementing a policy that keeps the Syrian regime and the many different opposition forces in the country locked in a deadly stalemate.  

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  14. March 2017

Refugee Center Online: Free course for volunteering with refugees

5-unit, 2-hour free online course that covers basic communication skills, legal details, etc. (Not yet tested; posting link for info purposes only.)

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  15. March 2017

Sphere Handbook

The official guidelines used by big NGOs -- it specifies things like how many toilets per number of people, etc. Independent volunteers don't need to know all of this, but it can help you with general jargon and standards.  There's also an online course that walks you through the handbook:  http://www.sphereproject.org/learning/e-learning-course/

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  16. April 2017

White helmets

This is Part 1 and 2 of a two part investigation into the forces cultivating Western public support for regimechange in Syria published on alternet.org part 1: http://www.alternet.org/world/inside-shadowy-pr-firm-thats-driving-western-opinion-towards-regime-change-syriapart 2: http://www.alternet.org/grayzone-project/how-white-helmets-became-international-heroes-while-pushing-us-military

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  16. April 2017

Scott Ritter about alleged chemical attack in Ildib

By Scott Ritter Source: Huffington Post Once upon a time, Donald J. Trump, the New York City businessman-turned-president, berated then-President Barack Obama back in September 2013 about the fallacy of an American military strike against Syria.  At that time, the United States was considering the use of force against Syria in response to allegations (since largely disproven) that the regime of President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons against civilians in the Damascus suburb of Ghouta. Trump, via tweet, declared “to our very foolish leader, do not attack Syria – if you do many very bad things will happen & from that fight the U.S. gets nothing!” ...

user opinion | General
  30. April 2017

Greek language learning materials for migrants and refugees

Free download of basic Greek material.  (You will need to already know the alphabet, however.) (Direct link to PDF: https://sinialo.espiv.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/immigrantsbook.pdf)

communication tools | refugee info: general | General
  16. May 2017

Working with Kurdish Sorani Speaking Patients -- Medical (and more) Phrasebook

Good basic Sorani (the Kurdish dialect written in Arabic script, more common among Iraqi Kurds). Medical terms, but also more general words too.

communication tools | General
  22. June 2017

US White Phosphorus Bombs Won't Eradicate Terrorism In Syria

US-backed forces are using tactics that cause a 'staggering' number of civilian deaths, but military action won't defeat ISIS, says Phyllis Bennis, director the New Internationalism Project at IPS

user opinion | General
  26. June 2017

Translators Without Borders App

Phone app with useful glossaries for Arabic, Farsi (Dari), and both Kurmanji and Sorani Kurdish. 

communication tools | General
  30. June 2017

Trump‘s Red Line by Seymour M. Hersh

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter Seymour Hersh, the journalist who exposed the My Lai massacre of Vietnamese women, children and old people by US troops, the Abu Ghraib prison torture scandal in Iraq, and many other critically important stories, has now obliterated the US government's (and the US media's) claim that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's military killed nearly 100 people with a Sarin nerve gas bombing in April, an incident which prompted President Trump to order a Tomahawk cruise missile attack on a Syrian Air Force base.

user opinion | General
  5. July 2017

Odysseas Greek Language Tutor

Online Greek classes from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

communication tools | refugee info: general | Greek Islands: Lesvos | Greece: North and East | Greece: Central (Athens area) | Greece: West | Greek Islands: Other (not Lesvos)
  5. July 2017

Greek phrases and dictionaries *for refugees*

Google Drive folder contains: --Phrases in Greek/Farsi/Arabic for communicating problems in camps.  With transliteration in Farsi/Arabic script.  --Mini Greek lexicons in:   Arabic Farsi Sorani Kurmanji Urdu French (Lexicons are made by Embassy of Switzerland in Greece in collaboration with UNHCR Greece, EADAP and METAdrasi, financed by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC and with the support of the Hellenic Republic)

communication tools | refugee info: general | Greek Islands: Lesvos | Greece: North and East | Greece: Central (Athens area) | Greece: West | Greek Islands: Other (not Lesvos)
  8. July 2017

Entaxei: Basic Greek for Arabic and Farsi Speakers

Unfortunately, the alphabet section is in Greek only, and throughout, there is no transliteration into Arabic letters. But this could be helpful with the aid of a teacher. Audio files, available at the same site, could help.

communication tools | refugee info: general | Greek Islands: Lesvos | Greece: North and East | Greece: Central (Athens area) | Greece: West | Greek Islands: Other (not Lesvos)
  21. July 2017

Europa -- "guidebook" for refugees (also useful for volunteers)

Download ebook (.epub file) in Arabic, French, Farsi or English, to view in ebook apps on phones. Or download full PDF version with all four languages. Practical info on various countries (taboos, gestures, helpful orgs, etc) is useful for refugees. Bulk of guide, though, is general background on the refugee crisis in Europe and testimonies/stories from refugees--also useful for volunteers and anyone wanting to understand what's going on. (Unfortunately, as with all guidebooks, dated info is an issue. Published in November 2016.)

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  24. July 2017

Erasmus Online Linguistic Support for Refugees

Online language courses. To register, write to: erasmusplus@iky.gr (response in about a week). Students will need a computer for the best work (it works well on tablets, not so well on phones). Languages: Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, German, Greek, English, Spanish, French, Croatian, Italian, Hungarian, Dutch, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Finnish and Swedish

refugee info: general | General
  31. July 2017

ReliefWeb: Greece

Good aggregator of news and data related to Greece (also for other countries). Includes some key UNHCR data and maps, and is a bit easier to navigate than the UNHCR portal.

data | General
  2. August 2017

Humanitarian Interpreters and Cultural Mediators in Greece

Facebook group (in Greek and English) for people doing interpeting and mediation work in Greece. Also open to camp managers, staff managers, CwC (communicating with communities) teams. 

communication tools | General
  4. August 2017

Greek Ministry of Digital Information -- Refugee Crisis [NOT CURRENT]

[LAST UPDATE AUGUST 1, 2017] Posts camp populations (weekly, for all Greece, are labeled "Summary statement of refugee flows"; this data is also copied to www.bit.ly/campsmapsheet). Also (less reliably) posts data on returns (deportations) to Turkey.

data | General
  28. August 2017

Fairouz in Exile

Long, well-written piece about a Syrian now living in Germany. Very thoughtful examination of the problems facing people trying to adjust in Europe, with family still in Syria. Also good detail on circumstances in Syria, including the siege of Moadamiya. (The writer, Matthew McNaught, also wrote a good piece for N+1 called "Yarmouk Miniatures," about studying Arabic in Syria just before the war.) [posted by Zora]

user opinion | General
  8. September 2017

Mini Medical Dictionary

This PDF has Greek with equivalents in Arabic, French, Farsi and Urdu, as well as photos. It is written for Greek practitioners (words are transliterated in Greek), but can be useful for refugees too.

communication tools | General
  10. September 2017

NeedsList

Organisations post their needs. Donors can pay for them to be purchased from local vendors. 

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