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 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. 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 a daily allowance of €20/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 office is located in Mytilene; however, project lawyers will spend at least four hours a day 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. Can I donate money to support the organisation?
If you would like to donate to support our work, please see the donate page.
13. What will my donation be used for?
We are urgently seeking additional funds to ensure our work can continue and to enable more volunteer lawyers to come to Lesvos, so that as many asylum seekers as possible can be assisted and prepared for their asylum interviews. We also aim to expand to other “hotspots” in Greece, Italy and beyond. As our organisation is volunteer-based, our operational costs are low: it costs only 60€ to provide an asylum seeker with free tailored, one to one legal assistance from a practising, experienced European asylum lawyer.
14. I am an asylum seeker on Lesvos. How can I speak to one of the European Lawyers in Lesvos' volunteer lawyers?
For more information as to how you can speak to one of our volunteer lawyers, please click here