Early Childhood Volunteer



Minimum Commitment 

4 weeks

Type of Position

Volunteer Opportunity

Start date



About the position

Join our team on Samos in The Nest, a calm and beautiful space for young children and their parents to spend time together. Run in partnership with The Pedagogical Institute of Los Angeles, this essential space is an alternative to the camp, where children can engage in self-led activities, under the careful guidance of our trained volunteer teams.


Key responsibilities of the job include:

  • Providing appropriate support and guidance to children in The Nest

  • Providing social support including maintaining an environment that builds the confidence, resilience and self-esteem of children

  • Motivating and encouraging children

  • Attending regular planning meetings

  • Attending fortnightly trainings

  • Reporting any child or adult protection concerns to the Protection focal points

  • Remaining flexible based on the project needs

  • Assist in AFE’s other programmes on the island, as required

  • Cleaning of the spaces twice a day along with the rest of the volunteer team

  • Receiving trainings delivered remotely by The Pedagogical Institute of Los Angeles and following their pedagogy to ensure consistent and effective implementation of the programme

Your set of skills:

  • Experience in teaching, preferably in early childhood education

  • An awareness of migration issues and sensitivity to working with vulnerable communities

  • You share our vision of a world in which everyone has equal chances to education.

  • Multi-tasker who performs well under pressure.

  • Willing to give long hours in a variety of roles and tasks

About the organisation

Action for Education is an independent, grassroots organisation founded in the UK and Greece in 2017. We develop and support projects that aim to remove the barriers to education for displaced communities. In early 2019, we launched a Youth Centre project on Samos as an emergency response to the desperate condition of refugees on the island – a critical bottleneck on the road of flight to Europe.

AFE pursues two main goals with this project:

  1. First, we offer an essential safe space to the children and youth, in which they can rediscover a piece of childhood. Careful guidance in learning, playing and communal activities build resilience and develop peace-building mechanisms, an opportunity they are ill-afforded in the harsh, tense and frequently violent conditions in the camps.

  2. Second, we help students develop language and concentration as well as motor and cognitive skills through curricula of English, languages and projects, which also stimulate imagination and let students and participants explore their own interests, old and new.