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 by volunteers only. All our projects are sustained by people from all over the world who are willing to put in their heart, time and power 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.

But don’t forget: We are an emergency response team that deals with people in sensitive and vulnerable situations. So, for volunteering with Offene Arme it is important to understand how severe the circumstances of the people are. Moreover, it is necessary to reflect about your own position and privileges in contrast to the perspectives of the people arriving on the island.

For questions about the accommodations options, working schedule and travel on the island please read our Frequently Asked Questions. 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 travel – we can only accept volunteers who are residents of countries which the Greek Government has deemed safe to travel, and ideally we ask for a minimum of four weeks for volunteering with us.

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!