The Schoolbox Project is a 501c3 organization that provides mobile, trauma informed education, art and play to children in refugee camps throughout Greece. Our volunteers come from around the world to go through our specialized training on how to work with children who have been through trauma and are now living in a camp environment. As a committed member of on the ground, anti-trafficking and protection team efforts, we train our volunteers to be watchdogs for vulnerable children and unaccompanied minors that may otherwise slip through the cracks. The Schoolbox Project operates out of converted shipping containers that can be solar powered and can be set up or relocated in just one day.
Each Schoolbox is:
** An art and play program- rotating crafts and art projects for children who have little opportunity for creativity and emotional expression during an extended time of trauma. Quieting, reflective and nature-inspired activities are emphasized to provide balance to the steady diet of "sensory junk food" regularly available to children in refugee camps.
** A schoolhouse- the space allows for organization and structure of instruction based on division of age and languages spoken. Regular, daily and weekly volunteer teachers provide language and other lessons, always through a lens of gentle, trauma informed care.
** SBX currently has two locations, one is Andravida in LM village (4/5 hours west of Athens), and the second on Lesvos in Myitilini at the same site as the Humans4Humanity community centre.
** SBX is looking for volunteers for a minimum of two weeks (four or more is strongly preferred); previous experience working with children is very important, a backround in psychology, education or special needs is preferred but not essential.