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.
Help The 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.
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.
Through Workaway you can find Irini and Vassilis or other families and make your own arrangements to live and work for a short time in Crete. You might help picking olives in November and December, and at other times of the year you might help with cleaning, gardening and other collaborative work with Irini and Vassilis. In exchange you have a wonderful local experience, not to mention Irini's wonderful cooking!