FAQs

Finances

Can I make a donation?


Of course! Donations are the fuel that enable our teams of teachers, volunteers and students to teach, learn and build community. It's easy to make a donation. Just visit our donate page and chip in what you can! Two cents more: we especially appreciate monthly (or 'recurring') donations, and would much prefer a smaller, ongoing contribution than a larger one-off gift. Why? it's simple really. Whilst large donations are absolutely terrific (and we never say no to them!), we're much better able to plan for the fuutre and build sustainable projects when we know how much funding we have secured on a long-term basis. That means that 1000 people giving a few euros each month is better than just a couple of people giving €1000! If you want to talk more about our fundraising strategy and approach, drop us an email here.




Where does my donation go?


So, you've made the awesome decision to donate and take action for education. Now, it's in our hands to make sure your donation goes as far as possible and has the maximum impact. This isn't a responsibility we take lightly! We're here because, like you, we want to make a difference. We carefully consider all our spending to make sure we invest in what's needed most. You can of course contact us at any time if you wish your donation to be designated to something in particular, but if you trust us to allocate it where our greatest needs are, we're put it to excellent use. Donations might directly support students by covering education materials, hot meals or their transport to our centres. Alternatively, we also invest in our teachers, supporting them to develop, learn and commit long-term to the projects they're a part of. You can download all our financial reports and statements online, simply by clicking here [ insert link]!




Can I see your financials?


We take pride in making our financial history radically transparent. With increasing and improving services across our projects, these reports show how and where we spend donated funds. Download our Financial Reports here: 2018 | 2019 | 2020 Download our Forecast Budgets here: 2020 | 2021





General

What is Action for Education?


What a question! We (Action for Education) began back in 2018. As a group of volunteers and activists, we are committed to finding effective and reflected solutions that support the wellbeing and rights of people on the move. Since 2018, our work has developed enormously. We've opened projects in various locations, worked with hundreds of fantastic volunteers and thousands of students. We've challenged the status quo and shown that everyone can make a difference. You can read more about our story on our blog.




I have a question, who can I contact?


If you want to get in touch with us, drop us an email here. We're always happy to receive questions, ideas and feedback!




Do you guys care about sustainability?


We really care about sustainability! In fact, we're actively trying to lead the way in interconnected thinking. We take the stance that everything in this world is interconnected. As such, sustainable and reflected development is embedded deep in our hearts. For example, we can't just go about providing education without recognising that refugee communities are often fleeing war or conflict that can be driven by climate change. Climate change is inextricably linked to consumerism and capitalism, which have thrived under a largely patriachal power structure. Our engagement with sustainable practices has only properly started recently. In 2021 to mark Earth Day, we released our first Sustainability Report. You can download it here. This was the first time we properly took stock of our impact in the world. We outline some of our goals, intentions and best practices as we work towards an equitable future.




What are AFE's statutes?


Greece Action for Education is registered in Greece as a nonprofit, under the name Δράση για την Εκπαίδευση. The legal board consists of three individuals: Jacob Warn - President Solange Wursten - General Secretary Ayla Estreich - Vice-President "The purpose of the nonprofit company consists mainly in the creation, implementation and application of humanitarian action programs, the development of the spirit of solidarity, and general action driven by philanthropic sentiments in the wider social and educational field." Read the full statutes here in English and in Greek. -- In the United Kingdom, Action for Education is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, registered with the UK Charity Commission, no. 1191133 Known as 'AFE UK', our charity is governed by 6 Trustees with the following purpose: "For the public benefit to advance the education of refugee children, women and youth in Europe who have become displaced persons or refugees from the countries of their origin due to hostilities, persecution, oppression, discrimination, natural disasters or other like causes" Download our Constitution here.




Who is AFE?


AFE is made up of a big team of committed staff and volunteers. You can meet our current team of coordinators and board members on our Meet the Team page. You can also check out our team of wonderful Trustees on the Charity Commission's website.




How does AFE measure its impact?


We work in emergency contexts, supporting refugee communities to access basic services such as food, education, hygiene items and information. And to ensure our projects are as efficient as possible, we have a clearly defined Theory of Change and Impact Management Plan. We have set ourselves 3 key impact goals:

  1. Asylum seekers have greater wellbeing
  2. Asylum seekers have greater capacity to engage in present and future opportunities
  3. Society develops better ways of working with and welcoming displaced people.
You can see our Impact Plan here and read our 2 year impact report on our blog




How can I raise money for AFE?





Do you produce Quarterly Reports?


Yes we do! If you want to delve even deeper into our work, a great place to start is with these Quarterly Reports. They offer a detailed narrative of our developments, published every 3 months since our founding! 2018: Q1 | Q2 | Q3 | Q4 2019: Q1 | Q2 | Q3 | Q4 2020: Q1 | Q2 | Q3 | Q4 2021: Q1 | Q2 To stay up-to-date with our ongoing work, we really recommend signing up to our newsletter (we send about one update a week directly from the ground). You can do so here.





Volunteer

Can I volunteer or intern with AFE?


Absolutely! Our projects are led by energetic, dedicated and caring volunteers from around the world. If you have a passion for education and standing up for human rights, consider applying to join our teams. Read the information in these FAQs to discover what exactly we're looking for.




What's required of volunteers?


At Action for Education, we believe it's really important that our volunteer teams share our values and vision for the world. Visit our About Us page to learn more about our vision, mission and values.




Is there a minimum age for volunteers?


Yes, due to long hours and the situational context, psychological demands can be high. As such, we only accept volunteer aged 23 and over. We provide support and training throughout the process.




What's the minimum time commitment?


Due to the nature of our education projects, we only accept volunteers who can commit to a minimum of 2 months. This ensures stability and consistency of teachers across our learning centres, enabling us to build stronger and more stable relationships with our students.




Do I have to pay to volunteer?


No! Not at all. We don't charge anything for volunteering with AFE. There are no programme fees. Choosing to volunteer is already a huge act of generosity. We also want to ensure that volunteering is accessible to as many people as possible.




Do you provide acccommodation?


Yes, we do! We offer all volunteers subsided accommodation in our city-baed apartments. These may not be luxurious penthouses, but they are our shared home. We do ask that volunteers contribute a nominal €10/week towards utilities in the houses, as well as contribute another €10/week to a shared food pot




What skills and experience do I need?


We look for volunteers who have a background in teaching, youth work and experience supporting people on the move. Volunteers with AFE come from all works of life and bring diverse skills and talents. When you submit your application, you'll have the opportunity to demonstrate your expertise and tell us about your interets.




I'm ready! How do I apply?


If you're ready to submit your application, you can send us your information, including a CV and answers to several questsion through this form.