146 occurrence(s) found.

10. February 2016United 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 | Islands: Lesvos

18. February 2016Alarmphone: Safety at Sea

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

refugee info: sea crossing | Islands: Lesvos | Islands: Other (not Lesvos)

10. February 2016Lesvos for Refugees Google map

Major camps, services and safe landing spots marked.

maps | refugee info: general | Islands: Lesvos

30. March 2016Volunteers returning from Lesvos and the Syrian refugee crisis

A Facebook group for discussing next efforts and sharing experiences.

after volunteering | General

30. March 2016Refugee 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

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 | Islands: Lesvos | Greece: Central (Athens area) | Islands: Other (not Lesvos) | General

30. March 2016Help 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 2016How to use social media effectively

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

after volunteering | General

25. February 2016Red Cross Restoring Family Links

ICRC's missing-persons team.

refugee info: general | General

10. February 2016How to talk to reporters

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

after volunteering | General

15. February 2016Greek - Arabic - English phrase list for refugees

Key phrases to help Arabic speakers to communicate with Greeks.

communication tools | refugee info: general | General

14. February 2016Working 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 2016Unicef ethical photography guidelines

Short answer: respect.

work tips: general | General

10. February 2016Life Vest Upcycling

Collected wisdom and ideas

work tips: general | donations | General

17. March 2016How aid workers stay healthy: a psychologist's guide

Guardian story

work tips: self-care | General

10. February 2016Refugee 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 2016Tips 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 2016Asylum 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 2016Are You Syrious? news

Daily updates on the situation, from Turkey up through the Balkans. Also at

news | General

26. January 2016News 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 2016TransferWise

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

donations | General

13. February 2016Mytiline 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 | Islands: Lesvos

6. March 2016Infant feeding guidelines

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

work tips: medical | General

11. March 2016Relocation program info

Compiled by w2eu

refugee info: legal | General

13. February 2016KTEL Lesvos bus schedule

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

other recommended websites | Islands: Lesvos

15. February 2016Information Point for Lesvos Volunteers

Facebook group for discussion

*Lesvos basics* | Islands: Lesvos

15. February 2016Hypothermia / CPR / AED guidelines

Illustrated. In color. Prepared by Boat Refugee Foundation.

work tips: medical | General

11. March 2016Legal 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

30. March 2016Greece and Cyprus donation-collection points (IN GREEK)

Updated with regular needs. Use Google Translate. Maintained by

maps | donations | Islands: Lesvos | Greece: North and East (Thessaloniki area) | Greece: Central (Athens area) | Greece: West (Ioannina and Peloponnese) | Islands: Other (not Lesvos) | General

15. February 2016Information 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 2016Lesvos Volunteers ride sharing

FB page for ride sharing.

*Lesvos basics* | Islands: Lesvos

10. February 2016How 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 2016Guidelines for Medicine Donations

From the World Health Organization

donations | General

26. January 2016Lesvos Volunteers accommodation sharing

FB page to share accommodation.

*Lesvos basics* | Islands: Lesvos

10. February 2016Hypothermia Treatment Basics for Volunteers

Learn the difference between mild and severe hypothermia.

work tips: medical | General

13. February 2016Schedule 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 | Islands: Lesvos

15. February 2016Communication icons

Sheet of common icons for nonverbal communication -- just point! (Different version, simpler, in color:

communication tools | General

30. March 2016Arabic 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 2016Lesvos 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* | Islands: Lesvos

10. February 2016Basic principles of crowd management


work tips: general | General

10. February 2016UNHCR Lesvos newsletter

Sign up to receive email bulletins about various topics. (Anyone can sign up--don't be put off by the questions about what organization you're with.)

work tips: general | data | *Lesvos basics* | Islands: Lesvos

13. February 2016Aegean 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 2016German - Arabic - Dari/Farsi phrase list

With Greek at the bottom.

communication tools | General

8. March 2016RefuComm 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 2016Best distribution practices

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

work tips: general | General

26. January 2016Greece 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 201610 Tips for Individuals Volunteering in a Refugee Camp

Blog post by Gillian Seely

work tips: general | work tips: self-care | General

10. February 2016Aegean wave height forecast

Higher waves, fewer boats...usually.

data | Islands: Lesvos | Islands: Other (not Lesvos)

10. February 2016Luggage-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 2016English - Arabic - Dari/Farsi phrase list

With a bit of Greek at the bottom!

communication tools | General

23. February 2016Volunteer 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

*Athens basics* | *Katsika Ioannina basics* | *Northern Greece basics* | General

10. February 2016Communications 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 | Islands: Lesvos | General

10. February 2016UNHCR daily data on Lesvos

Numbers are based on police reports, largely from number of people *registered* (not necessarily arrived).

data | Islands: Lesvos

10. February 2016Warehouse categories/labels

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

donations | General

19. February 2016Boat landing protocol

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

work tips: general | work tips: medical | Islands: Lesvos | Islands: Other (not Lesvos)

23. February 2016Volunteer 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: Return to**

*Lesvos basics* | Islands: Lesvos

26. January 2016Information 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* | Islands: Lesvos

13. February 2016General work principles

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

work tips: general | General

9. March 2016Greece 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 2016How 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 2016UNHCR Data Platform -- Mediterranean

Dig down for lots of maps and reports.

data | General

2. June 2016Refugee 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 2016Refugees Deeply

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

news | General

11. June 2016information for Athens (Google folder)

Compiled documents for Athens volunteers. Please read first if you are headed to Athens.

work tips: general | *Athens basics* | Greece: Central (Athens area)

11. June 2016Rapid Response Refugee Translators

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

communication tools | General

11. June 2016Conflict De-escalation

How to calm down a volatile situation, how to soothe angry people.

work tips: general | General

16. June 2016Info 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 (Ioannina and Peloponnese)

16. June 2016Katsika Ioannina Volunteers Information Point

Facebook group for coordination

*Katsika Ioannina basics* | Greece: West (Ioannina and Peloponnese)

16. June 2016Information Point for Northern Greece Volunteers

Facebook group for coordination.

*Northern Greece basics* | Greece: North and East (Thessaloniki area)

16. June 2016Immigrant and Refugee Support Group in Athens

Facebook group for coordination.

*Athens basics* | Greece: Central (Athens area)

18. June 2016Bienvenidos Refugiados Voluntariados Grecia

Facebook group for sharing information in Spanish for volunteers

facebook groups | General

18. June 2016Medics for Greece

Facebook group for coordinating placement of people with medical skills.

facebook groups | General

20. June 2016NGO registration

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

work tips: general | Greece: North and East (Thessaloniki area)

20. June 2016Northern 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 (Thessaloniki area)

20. June 2016Information for Volunteers in Northern Greece

Basic orientation document, with work tips and more.

*Northern Greece basics* | Greece: North and East (Thessaloniki area)

20. June 2016Northern 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 (Thessaloniki area)

22. June 2016Tips 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, then click 'show results on map' to create a Google Map.

work tips: general | donations | *Athens basics* | Greece: Central (Athens area)

23. June 2016Chios Refugees: Volunteers Collaboration

*Chios basics* | Islands: Other (not Lesvos)

23. June 2016Chios Eastern Shore Response Team - Info Point

main coordinating group on Chios

*Chios basics* | Islands: Other (not Lesvos)

26. June 2016Life After Lesvos - Returning Volunteers Reconnect & Share

Facebook community/page.

after volunteering | Islands: Lesvos

28. June 2016Packing list

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

work tips: general | General

28. June 2016Volunteering in Chios

info doc with orientation for volunteers

*Chios basics* | Islands: Other (not Lesvos)

28. June 2016Chios map for volunteers

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

maps | *Chios basics* | Islands: Other (not Lesvos)

28. June 2016Chios Volunteer Registration Form

Sign-up sheet for volunteering on Chios

*Chios basics* | Islands: Other (not Lesvos)

14. July 2016Social 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 | Islands: Lesvos | Greece: North and East (Thessaloniki area) | Greece: Central (Athens area) | Greece: West (Ioannina and Peloponnese) | Islands: Other (not Lesvos) | General

22. July 2016Voluntariados en Grecia (info doc in Spanish)

Maintained by Bienvenidos Refugiados en Grecia.

**get started** | General

6. August 2016I 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,

FAQs | General

6. August 2016I 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 (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 2016I want to come [on any date more than two weeks from now]. Will my help still be needed?

Short answer: yes. As for's hard to say in advance, as the situation changes frequently. Please prep by reading 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 2016Why 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:

FAQs | General

6. August 2016Providing Housing for Refugees -- guidelines

Collected wisdom from the Immigrant and Refugee Support Group in Athens on Facebook.

work tips: general | donations | General

7. August 2016Athens 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 2016Western Greece volunteers map

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

maps | *Katsika Ioannina basics* | Greece: West (Ioannina and Peloponnese)

7. August 2016Lesvos shopping map

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

maps | donations | Islands: Lesvos

7. August 2016Athens shopping map

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

maps | donations | Greece: Central (Athens area)

7. August 2016Northern Greece shopping map

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

maps | donations | *Northern Greece basics* | Greece: North and East (Thessaloniki area)

16. August 2016Mental 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 2016I 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 2016Northern 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 (Thessaloniki area)

7. September 2016FB 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 | Islands: Lesvos

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

7. September 2016FB 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 2016FB 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 (Thessaloniki area)

7. September 2016FB 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 (Ioannina and Peloponnese)

15. September 2016Dissecting 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 2016The 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 2016Official Greek government: Info for asylum for people arrived after March 20, 2016

In Greek, English, Arabic, Dari

refugee info: legal | General

27. September 2016refugees tv

refugee-produced reports التحدث عن معاناة الاجئيين

news | Greece: North and East (Thessaloniki area) | General

30. September 2016Sixth 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 2016RefuComm YouTube channel

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

refugee info: legal | General

6. October 2016Vento.TV

Translators on call via video.

communication tools | General

6. October 2016Appointment 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:

refugee info: legal | General

6. October 2016Damascus 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.

[posted by Zora]

user opinion | General

11. October 2016U.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 2016Thessaloniki city buses

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

other recommended websites | Greece: North and East (Thessaloniki area)

17. October 2016KTEL Macedonia bus schedule

For buses from Thessaloniki to surrounding towns

other recommended websites | Greece: North and East (Thessaloniki area)

19. October 2016Safeguarding 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 2016Will 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 2016When 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 2016Athens volunteers accommodations and ride sharing

Facebook group for coordinating hotel and room shares and transport.

*Athens basics* | Greece: Central (Athens area)

25. October 2016First-time volunteer FAQs

Right here on this very site.

**get started** | General

29. October 2016W2EU Welcome to Greece guide

Arabic: Farsi: PDFs in all languages: 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 2016Return 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 2016Teaching 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

2. November 2016Aid Logistics

App for coordinating aid shipments.

donations | General

2. November 2016Social Warehouse app

Open-source tool for managing warehouse stock

donations | General

8. November 2016WhatsApp groups -- master list

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

*Lesvos basics* | communication tools | Islands: Lesvos | Greece: North and East (Thessaloniki area) | Greece: Central (Athens area) | Greece: West (Ioannina and Peloponnese) | 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 2016Gas canister safety videos

In English, Arabic and Farsi. Prevent fires!

refugee info: general | General

11. December 2016Boat Report - Lesvos

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

work tips: general | news | Islands: Lesvos

14. December 2016An 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 2017Athens 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 2017Refugees 2 Refugees R2R Solidarity Call Center

Refugee-staffed call center, based in Thessaloniki.

+302311180903 (Mon - Fri 10.00 - 16.00)


refugee info: legal | refugee info: general | General

18. January 2017Camp populations and map (Ministry of Health)

Was being updated weekly--but seems to have stalled (early Feb 2017). Generally matches UNHCR numbers. Map also shows which medical teams are working where.


--camp locations are imprecise (don't use for navigation; use pins here in Places directory or 

--individual camp populations are not necessarily up to date; every camp does not report every week (applies to UNHCR data too). 

--total population listed here does not include people in apartments, etc. For total refugee population in Greece, see UNHCR numbers (copied to 

maps | data | General

19. January 2017Camp population data via Greek government

Spreadsheet (feeds to map at showing population numbers, copied from weekly "summary statement of refugee flows." Easier than finding on Greek government site 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.

data | General

19. January 2017Thessaloniki - 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 (Thessaloniki area)

25. January 2017Coordination 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 2017Warehouses in Greece

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

maps | donations | General

28. January 2017Athens 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.

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16. February 2017Perpetuating 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 2017Refugee 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 2017Sphere 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:

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16. April 2017White helmets

This is Part 1 and 2 of a two part investigation into the forces cultivating Western public support for regime
change in Syria published on

part 1:
part 2:

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16. April 2017Scott 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!” ...

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30. April 2017Greek 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:

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16. May 2017Working 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.

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