• Greece
    • Athens
1 to 12 weeks

Program Details

Short Term Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women


Starting Price
Price Details
Fully hosted experience from only $605 for 1 week - this includes accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, orientation and 24/7 in-country support.
What's Included
Accommodation Airport Transfers Meals Wifi
What's Not Included
Activities Airfare SIM cards Travel Insurance Visa
May 01, 2024
Dec 13, 2023
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About Program

Trusted by 136,000+ volunteers, IVHQ offers the world's #1 rated volunteer programs in Greece and 50+ destinations worldwide.

For the past 6 years, we've won the "Top Volunteer Abroad Provider Award" from GoOverseas, so you can trust that you're in the safest hands with IVHQ in Greece.

Our affordable projects start from $56/day for your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, project placement and local support. Projects run year-round, with durations from 1-12 weeks. Choose from 6 projects, ranging from Homeless Support to Animal Care to Sports & Arts With Refugees in the stunning historical city of Athens. Plus, you’ll stay in a sustainable hostel with other like-minded, impact-focused travelers from around the world (private room options available).

With IVHQ’s superior pre-departure support services, you’ll gain exclusive access to your own Volunteer Travel Specialist, comprehensive preparation tools and volunteer training before you leave home.

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Program Highlights

  • Cheapest volunteer programs from $56/day for your accommodation, meals, airport pick-up, project placement & local support.
  • Volunteer for 1-12 weeks, year round start dates most Mondays.
  • 15+ years experience & only B Corp certified volunteer travel organization.
  • Get free changes up to 14 days before you start with our flexible booking policy.
  • Affordable way to earn college credit - gain 5 credits for only US$500!

Popular Programs

Animal Care in Athens

Want to volunteer with dogs in Greece - Athens? International Volunteer HQ’s Animal Care project is based in an animal shelter in Athens that provides a safe space for abandoned and rescued animals. As an animal shelter volunteer in Greece, you’ll help care for, feed, socialize and look after these dogs so that they can find a new and loving home. You may also have the chance to support adoption events and campaigns, and take photos of the animals to support re-homing efforts.

Community Support in Athens

Want to help refugees and asylum seekers in Greece - Athens? International Volunteer HQ’s Community Support project is based in a community center in Athens that provides a safe space for refugees and asylum seekers to upskill, secure steady employment and integrate into Greek society. As a volunteer in Greece, you’ll help local NGOs work together to provide workshops, language classes, and other essential services for refugees.

Homeless Support in Athens

Want to help the homeless in Greece - Athens? International Volunteer HQ’s Homeless Support project is a unique opportunity to get involved with local non-profit organizations that help provide aid to homeless people in Athens. As a volunteer in Greece, you’ll help NGOs provide basic services to vulnerable people, such as food, water, clothing, and help with legal documentation.

Program Reviews

5.00 Rating
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  • Impact 4.75
  • Support 4.5
  • Fun 5
  • Value 5
  • Safety 4.85
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best Experience Of My Life

Before I left for Greece I was super anxious and afraid of the unknown. I was nervous it was going to be a big mistake or not what I expected. 12 weeks later and I can confidently say it was the best experience of my life and I have never been more sad to leave something/somewhere.

The local team was amazing the whole 12 weeks I was there. They were so welcoming and constantly checking in on us, wanting to hear feedback, and making sure we were having a good time. They were always there for any question, comment, concern, or even recommendations of things to do. I even had a unique situation where I unfortunately had to go to the hospital for a week, but the local team was so helpful and there for me every second, bringing me there, bringing me items I needed, and constantly checking in. I’m so thankful to have had them with me during my time in Greece.

Everyone at the dog shelter was also super welcoming and friendly. You can see how much every volunteer loves the dogs and how hard every one of them works to keep them happy, healthy, and well trained. It was so heartwarming to see a dog being adopted, or for one to come in so afraid and then seeing them come out of their shell playing with another dog and being so happy, or even seeing them improve with training or when they wouldn’t react to something they would’ve before. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to volunteer with this shelter.

The accommodation where the volunteers stay was also very good. You stay in a hostel that’s open to everyone, not just volunteers. It’s a really great way to meet so many people from all over the world. The staff at the hostel are the most incredible staff I’ve ever met anywhere. They are all super friendly, fun to talk to, and there for anything you need. The manager's are also very approachable, friendly, and there for any question or concern you may have. The cleaning people go to your room everyday and if you want/need your sheets changed they will do it for you if you ask them directly or reception.

The location of where you’re staying is also really nice because you’re so close to the metro, and popular places like Monastiraki, Plaka, The Acropolis, etc. You also get free time on your weekends and it’s very easy to travel to other locations or islands if you’d like to!

The meals we’re provided are good and come in good sized portions. The only thing is there’s not a big variety for what you can order, but I was also there for so long so I kept getting the same things. Sometimes the volunteers would eat 2/3 free meals and the last meal we’d treat ourselves and go out for it. I felt it was really nice to have those prepaid meals to rely on though.

All in all, I had the most amazing time. This trip was so rewarding and impactful and if I could go back in time and do it all over again, I 100% would. I am already registered for another trip with IVHQ with a volunteer I met on my trip!

25 people found this review helpful.
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Experience of a lifetime!

I am so grateful I got to go to Greece and meet the amazing people. I got to do some amazing work that helped the community and in that process I got to work with so many other volunteers. There are some things that could've been better such as the transportation or an easier way to get to our shifts because not all places were completely safe and for a foreigner to be thrown in to that is a little hard but other than that I loved my time at Greece with all the wonderful people that I met along the way.

  • The experience
  • Friends you make
  • To help the community
  • The transportation to volunteer shifts
  • Your safety is in your own hands
  • Buying your own Metro cards or bus passes
42 people found this review helpful.
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From turning something off my bucket list into a reality. This program was such a breathtaking experience, from the culture to the people to the set up of the program So happy I found IVHQ to help make my volunteer trip as easy as possible when it came to traveling solo for the first time. Taking pages from my textbooks and putting it right in front of me! My favorite part of the trip was being able to make friends from different parts of the world, walking along the coast of Chios, learning about the culture and helping around the school distract during their summer vacation. Not only did IVHQ allow me to be apart of something meaningful it allowed me to grow as a person and gave me the confidence to continue to travel solo later down the road!

What would you improve about this program?
One thing I believe should improve is the communication of the team organizing this trip. It was hard to get in contact with the head of place.
118 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience!

I spent a week doing food outreach on Chios island in Greece through IVHQ. The support from staff provided clear expectations and helpful info. They were available daily if needed. It was great to help out and yet have time to experience the culture of the island. I had a great group of roommates and enjoyed getting to know people from all over the world. The project was rewarding and the staff was very helpful. I enjoyed having the opportunity to help out and learn about their program. I also enjoyed afternoons enjoying this beautiful island. The people that lived in the village where our accommodation was located were friendly and we enjoyed spending time with them as well. Enough free time to travel and explore. I will definitely be signing up for another project!

116 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Shawna. Thanks so much for your lovely review! It's so great to hear you had an amazing time on our program in Greece and got to experience much of what Chios has to offer. We hope to have you back on another IVHQ program soon. Jamie-Lee - IVHQ Program Manager.

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Being a fifteen-year-old from India, where volunteer travel is sparse, I knew several curious friends and relatives would soon flood me with questions about my trip. I deliberated hard to think of just one word to describe my trip. The word that immediately came to my mind? Surreal. It seemed truly fantastical that I was half-way around the world, with a chicken living under my bed, waking up to rainbows and private beaches next to strangers that I felt like I had known for months.

Naturally just like any other holiday, I had a moment of hesitation before making my decision to go. Would I fit in being the youngest and from a diverse country? Was it safe? Was it worth it? Dear volunteer friends, if there is one thing I hope you would take back from this review, it would be to let nothing hold you back from this other-worldly adventure. 'Madagascar'-the name itself has a magical tinge to it. Not a place that is commonly visited, but take it from me, now that I'm back, a part of me will always belong there. Trust me, I did not feel homesick for a second.
Contributing to the forest conservation program, many exciting activities awaited me.

Working all day at an agro-forest was one of my first tasks there. Hard at work, it was so fulfilling to learn that the work all us volunteers had accomplished in a matter of four hours, the farmer would take around a month to complete by himself. Hiking to the local village everyday and having numerous local children running around me in circles, so full of life, enthusiastically trying to interact and use the english taught to them brought back this child-like joy that I thought the city had robbed me of. Their lives are so basic, but they are so, so happy, and that is one big take away from this program. We also performed transects and quadrats to record the herpetofauna in the Sambirano forests, in addition to lemur behavioral surveys. Without giving away too much, I was actually stunned to see before my own eyes, lemurs becoming more and more domesticated and the consequences on their health. I was also honored to be a part of a new program, encouraging the distribution of bamboo straws to bars in order to reduce plastic straw waste in the oceans.

Also, Malagasy lessons after dinner had us all in fits of laughter, while weekend travel with my newly-found friends was something I find hard to even describe. Nosy Iranja is considered the second most beautiful place in the world. However, when I was there under the sky studded with a million stars in the clear sky, all I could think was that my newly-acquired friends there were the only factors that could make the island any more beautiful.

My favourite memory? It was the last day, and I sat by myself on a rock on the private beach. It was almost sunset, and the clouds in the distance had this divine parting to make way for the sun. The big golden ball of fire lit an entire pathway on the ocean that appeared to come straight to me where I was sitting. And in that moment, the island was mine. The people there were my family, I found friends, I found love, and I had made up my mind as to what made me happy. I now knew what I wanted to do with my life. I had never felt more blessed.
All my life I've been an introvert behind a computer screen. I've had a fondness for conservation ever since I was little, but I never felt like it was a valid interest. At Madagascar, more than the sizzling Instagram beach snaps I got, I learnt to believe in myself all over again. With each volunteer I befriended and each intellectual discussion with the staff about conservation, I learnt to be confident again and believe in my passion because it was significant, even if no one I knew believed it was.

If my application works out, who knows, maybe I'll be the youngest ambassador there's ever been for IVHQ. All I'm saying is Madagascar gave me a new purpose. So so much more than just a volunteer trip, it's allowed me to be a part of something so much bigger, so much better, in our own small way, we made the world a better place. And that, in my opinion, is the epitome of bliss :)

115 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thanks for your review Zahra! It is amazing to read more about your time on the program, and the opportunity you had to put your environmental management studies to practical work. Even though you were one of the youngest volunteers we have had on the program, you were an amazing member of the team, even winning volunteer of the week before you left. It also sounds like you really made the most of your time in Madagascar, experiencing everything the area has to offer, and we look forward to having you join IVHQ again one day!

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Live laugh love

Seriously the best experience in my life. Have an open mind and I assure you you will have a blast. Be prepared to meet people from over the world and most importantly emerge and respect the local culture. Don’t think twice when volunteering,, do it and stay as long as you can you won’t regret it. Some people on my program were not pleased about the program they chose so make a wise selection. If you have donde it before you will enjoy it more. I personally did childcare and I loved every second of it.

What would you improve about this program?
I had a very open mind and I honestly did not see any bad things. Loved it
120 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Thanks Cynthia! We're glad to hear you had such an amazing time in South Africa. We look forward to having you back to volunteer with IVHQ again soon. ^Claire - IVHQ South Africa Program Manager

Yes, I recommend this program

IVHQ Greece - Worthwhile activities, caring organizers and a magnificient location

I had the chance to volunteer for IVHQ in Chios, Greece. My recommendation for this organization comes directly from one week of cheerful and meaningful experience.

Before I embarked on this trip, I had never heard of IVHQ before; I was nervous and did not know which direction whether the trip was heading toward. But my initial anxiety soon turned out to be a springboard for the excitement to come.

There are three important aspects one might want to consider when signing up for a volunteer program: The main mission, the people behind it, and the place where your trip takes place. I can definitely tell you that excellence can be found within all three factors of the trip IVHQ offers in Chios.

The very goal of volunteering was, for me, achieved! In one week, I managed to create a public art for a local kindergarten. It was celebrated by the children and their parents alike. This project has deeply satisfied me and has given me new ideas for public artworks in the future. And just in case you thought that public art was a part of the program, it was not! I proposed it later, and it was gladly accepted. IVHQ's volunteer trip really caught me by surprise with the flexibility in what you could contribute to the community. If you think your passion and talents can add something unique to the program, please feel free to share your thoughts with the organizers!

Speaking of which, the organizers from IVHQ Greece are very outgoing and helping. Markos and Maria are the organizers for IVHQ. Being native Greek, they will help you get used to the culture and traditions of the land and show you how to get around. In their free time, both are open for the invitation for a drink. I'm proud to say that I now know two lovely friends from Greece!

Finally, the volunteer trip was held on a beautiful Mediterranean island. Having wandered around Chios in my free time (just in case you don't know, free time is also abundant!), I can say that this island has something to offer to anyone: from the historical medieval villages, the festive town of Chios, to the breath-taking beaches to the grandiose hills on which beautiful sunset can be seen from miles away.

What would you improve about this program?
The diversity of Chios is really astounding! I hope that in the future, a variety of available activities can be widened. For instance, I would absolutely love to volunteer for a museum in Chios. Cultural activities in the kindergarten- like singing and guitar playing- can also be interesting!
118 people found this review helpful.
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IVHQ South Africa Surf Outreach

I volunteered in South Africa with IVHQ surf outreach. We surfed and played everyday with the children of the townships. My heart is forever in South Africa. What an amazing experience, the children don't have lives like most, but make the most out of everyday. They have so much passion for life. Everyone forgets all their worries, and just goes for it in the waves, having a blast everyday. I met volunteers from around the world here, and I think of them as family now. So many adventures and memories this experience was everything I could have asked for. IVHQ did a wonderful job, from the airport pick up, to the housing, food, and 24 hour support. I loved volunteering so much I plan on going again!

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing it is perfect!
111 people found this review helpful.
Response from International Volunteer HQ - IVHQ

Hi Amy, thanks for taking the time to post your reviews! It is great that you got to share your passion for surfing through volunteering while you were travelling. I know both the children and local team loved your enthusiasm and effort you put into everyday. ^Claire - IVHQ South Africa Program Manager

Questions & Answers

Hi Kobe, Yes, IVHQ has a dedicated Groups Team that can help manage your group. For more details on starting a group, visit our website, www.volunteerhq.org/volunteer-abroad-group/