Volunteering in Crete

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There are many opportunities for volunteering in Crete, Greece.

Tips for your journey:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • On some programs, you need 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.

A few suggestions are made below of organisations where you can find an organised volunteer program. Please contact the organisations directly.





Archelon Sea Turtle Protection Society
Archelon Sea Turtle Protection Society

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



Sea Turtle Conservation is the chosen charity of the team here at  We Love Crete.

Sea turtles are endangered by human activities and development on beaches and need our help.

More information here...

See how to get the bus to turtle projects near Matala Beach. Of course, you need to apply via Archelon's website first. Make a difference this summer, meet like-minded people, and get a lot out of volunteering in Crete.





Teaching English

A volunteer teaching English in Greece


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

Walk with 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). Enjoy volunteering in Crete at this donkey retreat in eastern Crete.

Walk With Donkeys


Glamping with Donkeys doesn't have to be uncomfortable

A good way to experience farm life in Crete and help support the work of the "Walk with Donkeys' team is to stay 'Glamping With Donkeys' at Agios Giorgos near Anatoli in eastern Crete, not far from Ierapetra town.

Dinner, delicious organic wine, and breakfast, teas and coffees and sanctuary visit included in price. The wild nature and fresh air is free...

Tents are available from April to October. Turn off your mobile phone, listen to the sounds of nature, just bring your comfortable walking shoes.



Volunteering in Crete

Helping Disadvantaged Kids

Crete for Life

Crete for Life

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.

www.creteforlife.com



'Workaway' for a Local Family



Workaway logo

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!



Nature Park Helper

Biotopoi (Biotopes) Nature Park in CreteBiotopoi (Biotopes) Nature Park in Crete

Volunteer at Botopoi Nature Park near Rethymnon in Crete. The Nature Park is a beautiful wild Cretan ecosystem with plants and the small animals of the island. This is a not-for-profit public activity based on volunteers from all over the world.
From April to October, guests are guided through the park, exploring and learning about the Cretan flora and fauna.

More information and apply here...




Beach Clean Ups in Kissamos

Improve Water Quality

Creative use of rubbish and plastics removed from the beaches of Kissamos in western Crete - for Carnival celebrations

Kissamos Beach Cleanup - get involved with the local community in the west of Crete and help clean up the beaches. The removal of rubbish and plastic from our oceans, seas and beaches is a global concern. Pitch in while you are on holiday.

More info here...



Help on Archaeological Site

Ancient Site Digger

Mochlos Excavations have uncovered remains dating from 3000 BC to the 10th century AD in eastern Crete

2019 Volunteers are required from 5 June to 15 August 2019 at the Mochlos Excavations in eastern Crete.

This site, on the tiny island of Mochlos off the beach of the same name on the north-east coast of Crete, is just 40km from the town of Agios Nikolaos.

This is a joint Greek-American project, by University of North Carolina at Greensboro and the University of Athens. Digs on this island have uncovered remains dating from 3000 BC to the 10th century AD, which include Minoan, Mycenaean and late Hellenistic periods.

2019 Fieldwork for Volunteers Info here...

Volunteers are usually students or those with a profound interest in ancient history, they work on site, cleaning the excavated remains and helping with their conservation under the leadership of the permanent academic historians on site.


Mochlos Island from Mochlos Beach, Crete


Do You Need Volunteers?

Volunteering in Crete - do you need volunteers for a project in Crete? Holiday makers are keen to give back to the communities in which they travel. Some visitors want a complete package and a summer program, but some are independent travellers who just want to work for a day or so. Contact us at We Love Crete, and we will assess your program for suitability for our web listings.



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