Athens is a city known for its ancient history. The capital of Greece, it is a city with magnificent structures such as the Acropolis. Counted among the oldest cities in Europe, Athens is a prime tourist destination and has plenty to do. Experience Athens in a different light by volunteering in the ancient city.Photo credit: Travel Coffee Book.
Greece is known for its luscious landscapes, particularly its beaches and forests. There is a need for preservation of forests, and thus many opportunities for volunteers to help protect the forests from various elements such as fire.
Greece has a tremendous amount of wildlife within its borders. Unfortunately however, many animals in the nation are in danger due to illegal trapping, pollution, and habitat destruction. Greece has the largest wildlife rehabilitation hospital in Southern Europe, and the hospital has a need for volunteers. As a volunteer, you will actively take part in the rehabilitation of animals by preparing food, cleaning outdoor areas, aiding in treatment.
Athens, like many cities, has animal shelter, and those centers rely on volunteers. As a volunteer, you will be given a variety of tasks which will keep you busy. You will help in giving medical care, walking animals, and help spread education about the animal shelter, among other tasks.
NGOs/Nonprofits: Athens is home to a number of nonprofit organizations. They work in diverse areas such as human rights, the environment and women’s empowerment, among others. For more information on NGOs in Athens, visit WANGO.
How to Save Money While Volunteering: Athens is a very popular tourist destination, and as expected, prices can get quite high. Try not to eat out too frequently and avoid shopping at stores meant mainly for tourists as the prices there are often unreasonably high. Additionally, Athens has a fantastic Metro system, so try and use public transportation as much as possible.
Health and Safety of Volunteers in Athens
As a volunteer in Greece, you are recommended to be vaccinated for Hepatitis A if you plan to stay for an extensive time in rural areas. Additionally, if you visit between November through April, you are recommended to get an Influenza shot.
Athens is a safe city for tourists, but it is recommended to remain vigilant in crowded areas where pickpockets might be around.