Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Offene Arme e.V!

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Offene Arme e.V.! The situation on Chios is constantly changing, so please be aware that our current projects on this website may be slightly different when you come to volunteer.

Offene Arme e.V. is a nonprofit organization that is run mostly by volunteers. All our projects are sustained by people from all over the world who are willing to put in their heart, time and effort to address the situation of those seeking refuge on Chios. The open structures of Offene Arme enable everyone to take the initiative to unfold their ideas and creativity in terms of our projects.

Please keep in mind that our operations are not carried out inside of the camp, and our work mainly happens in the warehouse, 4km from Vial.  

For questions about the accommodations options, working schedule and travel on the island please read our FAQs updated July 2023. If you have any questions that aren’t answered by this document, feel free to email us at

Before you continue our application process please note that we cannot provide documents to enable your stay- we can only accept volunteers who do not require a visa or residence permit to stay in Greeceand we ask for a minimum of four weeks for volunteering with us, however we can be flexible with this. At the moment we are looking specifically volunteers available in August and September, please contact us if you would be interested in this. 
When planning your stay, please keep in mind that our activities are suspended on the following Greek public holidays in 2023: January 1, 6 – February 27 – March 25 – April 14,17 – May 1 – June 4, 5 – August 14, 15 – October 28 – December 25, 26
Map showing countries of origin of our volunteers

How to become a volunteer



Fill out our volunteer application form!



If you are a good fit for our team, we will email you letting you know and we will ask you to send us a criminal police check to ensure you can work with children.



Next thing you know, you will be part of an amazing team of volunteers!

We hope to see you soon!