VOLUNTEERING IN Greece

EUROPE

From island hopping across the brilliant turquoise Mediterranean, to exploring the ancient ruins in Athens or taking in some of the many rugged mountains, volunteering in Greece is fantastic for laid back and adventurous travellers alike. Whether you are canoeing on Lake Plastira, taking in sunset beach views in Santorini or hiking to the UNESCO world heritage site of Delphi, Greece is an exciting country to explore and it’s easy to see why this warm-hearted nation is so popular for those looking to volunteer in Greece.

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The original home of the Olympic Games, philosopher Aristotle and mythological heroes such as Zeus, Poseidon, Aphrodite and Hercules, Greece is rich in a unique and remarkable history. Considered one of the most affordable places to visit in Europe, a combination of friendly, smiling locals, delicious fresh food served al fresco and “picture postcard” towns, beaches and panoramas help make volunteering in Greece an unforgettable experience.

Pod Volunteer is an award-winning non-profit organisation helping people to volunteer in Greece for 2 weeks or more. We find the best volunteer projects in Greece for you, help you with all the arrangements and provide lots of support before and during your volunteering time in Greece!

You can get involved in a science-based turtle conservation volunteering project, helping to protect these well-loved and endangered creatures whilst spreading the message around their plight.

Volunteers are needed from May through to October at the Turtle Conservation project. Climate wise, Greece is blessed with warm temperatures in all seasons making it a great choice for sun worshipping volunteers, no matter the time of year! With temperatures getting pretty sizzling in July and August, volunteers aiming to avoid the heatwaves may prefer the shoulder season of early summer (May – June) and autumn (September – October) when you can have the best of both worlds.

At Pod Volunteer we love to travel and regularly visit our project in Greece. Here is our insider’s view of our experiences travelling and volunteering in Greece…

Things we loved: The variety you can get across the different islands – some have a vibrant party vibe, whilst others offer a great quiet and relaxed escape from everyday life, perfect for families taking a trip together. Easy transport connections across the country make it smooth and simple to get out and explore as much as possible! The sun and the clear waters can’t be beaten, especially if you’re partial to snorkelling.

Things we weren’t so sure about! Some of the tourist hotspots can become overcrowded during peak times. The heat is fabulous for sun worshippers but be prepared for heatwaves too.

Below you’ll find a summary of our volunteering abroad programs in Greece which you can click through to and find out about the volunteer role, location, accommodation and costs, see lots of pictures and read volunteer reviews!

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Turtle Conservation

Turtle Conservation

Greece

  • Help monitor and protect endangered sea turtles on the beautiful island of Kefalonia
  • Gain hands on experience and skills in research and conservation
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Duration: 2 – 4 weeks

Cost from: £649 / €715 / $805

Top 5 reasons to visit and volunteer in Greece

  • Islands and highlands – With over 6000 beautiful islands and 80% of the country covered by mountains, Greece offers a unique experience of stunning white sand, crystal blue oceans alongside alpine forests and luscious green mountain ranges.

  • Catching the rays – Known as one of the sunniest places in the world, with over 250 days (300 days on some islands!) of sunshine each year, Greece is perfect for any sun-worshipping volunteers that are seeking to soak up some warm rays.

  • Ancient history – This jewel of a country is rich in culture and history! Greece is the home of ancient philosophers Aristotle, Plato and Socrates, myths and legends of Zeus, Apollo, Hercules, Aphrodite (and more!) and 18 UNESCO World Heritage sites.

  • Fresh Mediterranean food – Greek food has a reputation all over the world for being fresh, simple and delicious. Whether it’s a delightful moussaka or the delectably sweet and sticky loukoumades (small doughnut-like balls drizzled with honey and topped with cinnamon or chopped nuts), Greece will have your mouth watering!

  • Flora and Fauna – Greece has the highest biodiversity in all of Europe. From brown bears, the krikri goat and beech martens on land to loggerhead turtles, rare Mediterranean monk seals and gentle giants basking sharks in the sea – there are over 900 different species of wildlife and 5000 of flora.

Ionian Sea

Ionian Sea

Beach

Beach

Island hopping

Island hopping

Sunset

Sunset

Coastal trees

Coastal trees

Colourful flowers

Colourful flowers

Mountain views

Mountain views

Fishing boat

Fishing boat

Street shot

Street shot

Rocky beach

Rocky beach

Town square

Town square

Tasty snack

Tasty snack

We have long term relationships with hand-picked projects that have lasting and positive impact. We are a highly experienced and passionate team, here to support you!

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AWARDS AND ACCREDITATIONS

  • Tourism Concern
  • Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust
  • Right Tourism
  • DOFE
  • theguardian
  • the independent
  • Sunday Times
  • Year Out Group
  • Best Volunteering Organisation
  • Wall Street Journal