1. How can I apply to volunteer?
If you wish to become a volunteer with European Lawyers in Lesvos, please contact your national Bar Association. They will inform you on the selection procedure and on how to proceed. Please see the How to become a volunteer lawyer? page for more information.
2. Will European Lawyers in Lesvos organise my trip to Lesvos?
You will book your travel and your accommodation yourself. European Lawyers in Lesvos will reimburse you. However, we ask you to find the best-value travel options. The project will reimburse your flights up to €500/return.
3. Where do I get comprehensive information directed at anyone who wants to volunteer in Lesvos?
The website www.lesvol.info provides future volunteers and volunteers with regularly updated information. The Lesvos Volunteer Starter Kit is invaluable for anyone planning their trip. Definitely look at Information for Volunteers on Lesvos which contains many links to other websites, documents and general Facebook and WhatsApp groups.
When preparing for the trip, it is interesting to have a look at the development of the refugee situation in the Mediterranean. UNHCR has created a useful website with interesting statistics and material.
4. Do you recommend hotels in Lesvos?
You can choose your own hotel. However, our office will advise on the best options.
5. How do I move around when in Lesvos?
A rental car will be provided by the project.
6. Where is the office of European Lawyers in Lesvos situated?
The European Lawyers in Lesvos office is located right at Mytilene harbor. Please contact our office for directions.
7. Will I pay my own expenses in Lesvos?
European Lawyers in Lesvos will provide a daily allowance of €20/per day, which should cover food, fuel, and your taxi, if needed.
8. How long should I stay? How long can I stay?
In order to ensure that refugees in Lesvos get the best possible advice, you should not only stay a few days. European Lawyers in Lesvos expects every volunteer to stay a minimum of three weeks.
9. Where will I work?
The main office is located in Mytilene; however, project lawyers will spend at least four hours a day in the Moria detention centre.
10. What does European Lawyers in Lesvos expect from me besides giving legal advice?
For the project to run smoothly, it is important to communicate with anyone involved in European Lawyers in Lesvos. Communication is key, as is collaboration. Remember, everyone working for the authorities, for other NGOs, or independent volunteers have the same goal: to help refugees who arrive in Lesvos. It is also very important to have a good hand-over when you arrive and when you leave. So for the sake of the refugees in Lesvos, we will try to organise an overlapping of volunteer lawyers.
11. Will I be insured for cases of malpractice?
European Lawyers in Lesvos has taken out an insurance policy to cover certain cases of professional negligence.