There are many opportunities for volunteering in Crete, Greece.
If you speak Greek, it is likely that you will be able to become involved in many informal ways in volunteer projects.
If you do not speak Greek you may consider a formal program which will give you an opportunity to serve, learn and explore Crete all at the same time.
A few suggestions are made below of organisations where you can find an organised volunteer program. Please contact the organisations directly.
Please note that as a volunteer, you will usually be responsible for arranging and paying for your own travel to the pickup or commencement point of a volunteer program. In addition, some programs need you to pay for your food or board or both during your stay. Some fancy programs are more like guided holidays and can be quite expensive.
Sea Turtle Conservation Projects
The Archelon Sea Turtle Protection Society is based in Athens and has been organising volunteer projects in different parts of Greece, including Crete, for many years. The Mediterranean turtles are some of the most endangered in the world. www.archelon.gr
You can teach English through Global Volunteers who organise summer holiday English conversational education for children in Gazi, to the west of Heraklion, in Crete.
Help The Donkeys
This is a chance to help donkeys who have suffered and the humans who care for them. In beautiful rural Crete, the stories of the donkeys and those helping them will warm your heart and make you want to 'walk with donkeys'.
Suzanne, Alistair and the donkeys can be found near the village of Anatoli in Lassithi, in eastern Crete. This is a real experience of authentic Crete, yet is only minutes away from beautiful beaches and the cosmopolitan town of Agios Nikolaos. This is a small family-run operation and very grass roots (excuse the pun). They can organise accommodation in a nearby village.
Horse Riding for People with Special Needs
Riding for the mentally and physically challenged people can be healing in many ways. At Ippikos Riding Club in Crete they provide therapeutic riding for adults and children. Ippikos welcomes volunteers to help with horse grooming, gardening & catering tasks, amongst many. Ippikos is based in Karteros, a 10 minute drive to the east of Heraklion.
Helping Disadvantaged Kids
Many of us know how fulfilling and life-affirming a beach holiday can be. Sadly, some kids have never experienced this simple pleasure. Some have never seen the sea.
'Crete for Life' has been providing beach holidays for disadvantaged kids for many years, and opportunities for volunteering in Crete.
The results are just so heart-warming, and Olimpia and her team need lots of help to keep up this great work.
If you have a program or a question about volunteering in Crete, please contact us.