Sustainability and Solidarity Summer Camp 2024 in Katerini , Greece (Fully Funded)

Open call for 20 young European participants to join ESC teams volunteering "Sustainability and Solidarity Summer Camp 2024" in Katerini, Greece for a period of 6 weeks. This volunteering project is organised by "Kapnikos Stathmos Katerini" culture centre and funded by the European Solidarity Corps programme of the European Union.

Sustainability and Solidarity Summer Camp 2024 in Greece (Fully Funded)

About The Volunteering 

The "Sustainability and Solidarity Summer Camp 2024" project builds upon the annual initiative known as "Giving a Day of My Summer to the Forest," which has been operating since 2007.

This transformative project, conducted from June to September each year,  is focused on protecting the forests surrounding Mount Olympus. It operates with two daily observation shifts, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., through a vital partnership between local fire brigades and community volunteers.

Over time, the "Giving a Day of My Summer to the Forest" initiative has yielded significant outcomes, notably reducing the risk of forest fires and raising awareness about environmental protection by mobilising and sensitizing people. The steadfast backing from local businesses underscores the project's effectiveness and tangible results.

In 2024, the initiative advances technologically by incorporating drones, generously provided by Aegean Motorway A.E., to enhance forest surveillance. This innovative approach underscores the project's dedication to environmental preservation and community involvement, positioning it as a model of effective grassroots action for Europe as a whole.

Volunteering tasks

The volunteering team will consist of five groups, each comprising approximately four people. These groups will rotate through a set of daily tasks from Monday to Friday:

The first group, known as the "Observers" will be responsible for overseeing fire protection duties at the Plaka watchtower. This entails spending the entire day at the beach, monitoring the forests of Mount Olympus.

The second group, referred to as the "Stewards" will be responsible for arranging and dismantling dining tables for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as handling all dishwashing duties.

The third group, the "Sous-Chefs" will assist the professional cook in the kitchen. They will assist with all meal preparations based on the day's menu, gaining insight into cooking "Greek-style" cuisine.

The fourth group, named "Facility Managers" will oversee general cleanliness and maintenance tasks as outlined in the daily schedule.

Finally, the fifth group, named "Allrounders," will participate in diverse activities associated with various solidarity and social projects initiated by KSK. These may include the Social Pharmacy, Social Goods Distribution, or the Logistics Center for humanitarian Aid. They will receive training in warehouse logistics, circular economy principles, and other relevant skills.

Eligibility | Who can apply?

This opportunity for 20 Young participants from Europe who met the following requirements:

- A citizen or a resident of one of the following countries "Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Croatia, Hungary, Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Latvia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Sweden, Slovenia, Slovakia";

- Aged between 18- 30 years old;

- Open to work and live intensively with others especially regarding the accommodation in a mixed dormitory;

- Ready to get dirty, doing physical work and demonstrating a willingness to fully engage in hands-on activities;

- Able to stay the whole duration of the project;

- You are enthusiastic about making a positive impact on the environment while fostering successful teamwork.

Expenses & Benefits

- The participants will be accommodated in a shared dormitory, featuring 10 bunk beds for 20 participants with no gender separation in a typical summer camp atmosphere.

- The host organisation will provide bedsheets, towels, shampoos, soap, and other basic goods.

- Each volunteer will have access to use the washing machine, along with ample space for drying clothes. Cleaning agents will also be supplied free of charge.

- Participants will have access to modern sanitary facilities including separated men's and women's bathrooms and 5 individual shower rooms.

- The meals will be provided by the host organisation including buffet-style breakfasts with various options and traditional Greek dishes for lunch and dinner prepared by professional cook.

- All the local transportation in Greece will be organised by the host organisation.

-Travel expenses to and from Hungary will be reimbursed after participation in the project according to the distance between your  travelling place to the volunteering venue as follows:

  • for travel distance between 10 and 99 km: 23 EUR / person, no Green travel available.
  • for travel distance between 100 and 499 km: 180 EUR / person, +30 EUR extra for Green travel.
  • for travel distance between 500 and 1999 km: 275 EUR / person, +45 EUR extra for Green travel.
  • for travel distance between 2000 and 2999 km: 360 EUR / person, +50 EUR extra for Green travel.
  • for travel distance between 3000 and 3999 km: 530 EUR / person, +80 EUR extra for Green travel
  • Calculate your budget from Erasmus+ Distance Calculator HERE
  • IMPORTANT: keep all your travel documents! Online boarding passes and tickets for reimbursements. No documents = No reimbursement!
  • IMPORTANT: Please send your travel proposition per e-mail to the organisers and wait for their confirmation before purchasing your tickets!
- Participants are entitled to receive Youthpass certificate after finishing the project.


Application deadline: there is no application deadline (ASAP)

Arrival day: 29 July 2024

Departure day: 8 September 2024

How to apply?

Step 1: sign-in to your account on the European Youth Portal, if you don't have an account create an account  as a YOUNG PERSON from HERE

Step 2: visit the opportunity page on the portal and click "Apply" from this page

More Details

for more details, check the info-pack of the project from HERE

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By applying to this volunteering program, you take responsibility and risks. Inform yourself about the regulation and potential risks. "Opportunity 4U" cannot be held liable for any of the potential risks, and this post is only for informative and popularising purposes.

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