1. How can I apply to volunteer?
If you wish to become a volunteer with European Lawyers in Lesvos, please see the volunteer page for more information.
2. Will European Lawyers in Lesvos organise my trip to Lesvos?
You will book your travel yourself. European Lawyers in Lesvos will reimburse the cost of volunteer lawyers' travel. However, we ask you to find the best-value travel options. The project will reimburse volunteer lawyers’ travel up to €400/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. Will I be provided with accommodation?
Yes, the European Lawyers in Lesvos has rented accommodation for volunteers.
5. How do I move around when in Lesvos?
A rental car for the volunteers is provided. There is also a bus to Moria and taxi expenses for travel to and from Moria (if no car is available) will be refunded.
6. Where is the office of European Lawyers in Lesvos situated?
The European Lawyers in Lesvos office is located at Mytilene harbor. Please contact our office for directions.
7. Will I pay my own expenses in Lesvos?
European Lawyers in Lesvos will provide volunteer lawyers with a daily allowance of €10/per day, which should cover food, fuel, etc, if needed.
8. How long should I stay? How long can I stay?
European Lawyers in Lesvos expects every volunteer to stay a minimum of three weeks.
9. Where will I work?
The main administrative office is located in Mytilene; however, volunteer lawyers will spend at least four hours a day providing legal assistance in the European Lawyers in Lesvos container in the Moria Reception and Identification Center.
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 those who arrive in Lesvos and apply for international protection. It is also very important to have a good hand-over when you arrive and when you leave.
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.
12. What vaccinations should I get?
Please ensure you are up to date with generally advised vaccinations, including:
measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine
varicella (chickenpox) vaccine
13. Can I donate money to support the organisation?
If you would like to donate to support our work, please see the donate page.
14. What will my donation be used for?
We urgently need additional financial support to ensure our work can continue and as many asylum seekers as possible can receive free legal assistance. As our organisation is volunteer-based, our operational costs are low. A donation of €50 enables our team of practising and experienced European asylum lawyers to provide eight hours of one-to-one legal assistance to people in need.
All photos: Cord Brügmann/ELIL