Be the Change. Be a Global Volunteer in Greece.
You’re a role model for youth!
Help them reach their full potential in classrooms and caring shelters. Teach English – the international language of commerce and opportunity and demonstrate service – the international expression of peace, friendship and respect. Support mothers, children and refugees in social service programs. In exchange, you can gain a personal understanding of the pride and vitality of the people behind an ancient culture, cretan hospitality, engaging customs and spell-binding coastal and mountain vistas where we’ve worked since 1996. See Covid-19 requirements.
Genuine development projects to help children thrive. Exceptional service-learning for families, groups and individuals.
Teach Conversational English:
Let your “inner teacher” bloom! You’ll be provided classroom materials and curricula to guide your lessons with students ages 8-16 at six local English schools. And, most often, you’ll be “team teaching” with another volunteer. Volunteering teens and families enjoy English language summer school in the picturesque village of Kroussonas. The school complex has air-conditioned classrooms, a large playground and basketball court for fun and challenging service opportunities to work with students on English pronunciation and usage.
Garden and Maintain Buildings:
Occasionally, volunteers have a secondary assignment working with their hands. Help paint and “spruce up” community facilities, and plant, weed and harvest a “kitchen” garden available to families with limited resources.
Dates & Fees
Upcoming Volunteer Dates in Maleviziou, Island of Crete, Greece
Arrival and Departure
Your service program officially begins with the evening meal on the first Saturday. You may arrive at Iraklion International Airport (airport code HER), before 8:15 PM on Saturday.
You must confirm your flight itinerary with us at least two weeks before the service program arrival date to confirm your team airport transfer to the hotel. Plan your departure from Iraklion for after 7:00 AM on the final Saturday of your service program.
Food and Lodging
Rest and comfort for a productive program.
Your health and safety are our highest priorities as a volunteer in Greece. Your secure, beach-side hotel in Amoudara features private bathrooms with hot water, twin beds, in-room safes and telephones and very friendly staff. Most rooms offer wireless internet, and private balconies.
- In-room safe and telephone
- Single room available for an extra fee
- Each unit is equipped with a fridge, cooking hobs and a TV
- 70 metres from the sandy beach and within a short walk from restaurants and shops
- Wireless hot spots
You can expect meals featuring spectacularly seasoned beef and pork, a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, including fresh tomatoes and cucumbers, pita bread, and such traditional favorites such as feta cheese, and fresh black olives. A rich selection of fruits and homegrown vegetables accompanies the meals. Bottled water is provided. Vegetarian diets can generally be accommodated.
Health and Safety
Your safety is our priority.
Your lodging, food and transportation are provided always with a mind to protect your health and security. Your team leader is trained in CPR and first aid to handle most emergencies. Global Volunteers includes emergency medical evacuation insurance in your service program fee. Read more about health and safety here.
We strongly recommend you consult your own physician, public health clinic and/or travel clinic for detailed travel health information. For general recommendations, consult the following sources:
We also recommend health insurance that covers you while you are outside your home country, and trip cancellation insurance in the event you must cancel your participation on the service program. Your travel agent can refer you to travel insurance providers. Click here to read risks associated with international travel.
Excellence in team management so you can focus on service.
Your team leader is a Global Volunteers staff member or volunteer alumni who has completed our comprehensive team leader training and is skilled in leading diverse groups of people. All team leaders are certified in CPR and First Aid, and have served on or led multiple service programs – some up to 50 times and more! Further, they’re evaluated by the volunteers on each service program, and must consistently achieve a high level of performance in order to continue leading Global Volunteers teams. All of our team leaders are exceptional and delightful people. You’ll receive background information on your team leader approximately four weeks before your service program begins.
Oh what sites there are to see!
Ample time is available on evenings and weekends to enjoy the numerous nearby natural and cultural attractions. Soak up the Mediterranean sun at various uncrowded beaches. Or, mingle with tourists and local residents at the nearby shopping areas. A short bus trip takes you to the island’s capital, Iraklion, with its Archaeological Museum, Venetian port, and excavated and reconstructed palace of King Minos at Knossos. Or walk through the birthplace of painter El Greco in nearby Fodele, and explore nature in parks and wild areas. Crete boasts a rich variety of plants -including 130 unique species of wild flowers and herbs.
Hiking is a popular diversion for those who aren’t beach-goers. Three mountain ranges stretch in a spine across the island. The same geological forces that created the mountain ranges also created awe-inspiring gorges. Faragi Samarias (Samaria Gorge) is the most famous, with a length of 16km, making it the longest gorge in Europe.
Some resources for afternoon and evening trips:
- Little Fun Train (5 minute walk from hotel) 2 hour tour of the area including a visit to a small mountain village and monastery.
- Gazi Town: (15 minute walk from the hotel) Home of the Malevizi Museum, also offering a bakery, banks and pharmacy.
- Arolithos Village: (15-minute drive up the mountain).A re-built Cretan village with a small museum, workshops and spectacular views of Heraklion.
- Cretan Aquarium: (30-minute drive) One of the largest in Europe.
- Rethymnon Town: (1.5-hour drive west)
- Arkadi Monastery: (20-minute drive into the mountains from Rethymnon).
- Chania town: (2.5-hour drive west) Agios Nikolaou: (1.5 hr drive to the East)
- Visit Spinalonga Island the old Leper colony, short boat ride from Agios Nikolaou.
- Matala, the Roman Caves Phaestos/Gourtys Palace: Archaeological ruins famous for the Phaestos.
- Santorini Island: (2.5 hr boat ride from Heraklion port). World-famous Volcanic island with black and red sand beaches…and the best sunsets in the world!
Families who volunteer together, grow together!
You don’t need teaching experience. You don’t need to speak Greek. You only need to enjoy working with kids. Your children can work with students from the villages and rural neighborhoods of Gazi County and the major city of Heraklion. They’re growing up in a world where English proficiency is a global given – and they want and deserve to become as fluent as their urban peers. That’s where you come in! Families of all ages can work together in summer language school with students of all ages.
You emphasize speaking skills, not the formal rules of grammar in many different ways. Practice pronunciation, talk about mutually interesting topics, and read texts. You might share stories or play games. You might sing or dance or take your students on a scavenger hunt.
Parents and guardians are expected to supervise their minor volunteers, and collaborate with our team leader and local partners to maximize the service experience for everyone. Youth are invited to offer their own perspectives in team meetings and fully participate in free-time activities. In this way, your child gains a personal understanding of the Greek culture as well as the role and responsibilities of a team member. They likely also will create life-long friendships with local youth who share their interests and experiences.
To ensure a positive experience for everyone, you must comply with Global Volunteers’ minor supervision policy.
This is the inspirational center of Minoan civilization and mythical birthplace of the Greek god Zeus. Our program offers diverse Greece volunteer opportunities and a flexible schedule to enable people of all backgrounds and skills to fully contribute. Teaching English conversational skills to Greek students or encouraging young adults with special needs, or Greek children displaced from their homes can be many times more enriching than a traditional Greece “tour” experience. We work with you to meet your group’s unique goals and personality.
Groups volunteering together on Crete discover what tourists never experience. Inside Greek classrooms, a day activity center, a women’s association and a children’s home, you gain a rare, “insider” perspective of daily life in Greece. Participating in local Cretan dance and music, learning raki making from the experts, hearing the Greek language spoken, and experiencing Greek customs and local events with your hosts take you beyond the typical island tour. Around the pool or on the beach with your teammates, you compare notes to paint a mural of true understanding and respect. Nothing can replace the experience of volunteering together in Greece and experiencing the Greek culture as you live it.
“Global Volunteers are priceless….It is not just the work they do within the community; it is also the broader impact they have on our children, teaching them that they too can become volunteers within our community”
Mr Kostas MamoulakisMayor of Maleviziou
“I’ve learned more conversational English tips from these volunteers over the past two weeks than I ever did during my years at college.”
Mrs. JuliaElementary School English Teacher
“If people of all cultures could get together on a Global Volunteer program, we might not have to listen to jet fighters outside our homes anymore.”
June GroveGreece Volunteer
“I just wanted to thank you for giving me and my students the opportunity to interact with such wonderful and interesting people for the past 6 years. My students always look forward to Global Volunteers teaching in our classrooms, and it’s such a great experience for all of us.”
Matina PapoutsidakisEnglish Teacher
“My students get so excited every time they come that they can hardly contain themselves. They get to meet and interact with real people who come from much different cultural backgrounds and upbringing. For most of the students it is the first time they get to speak and spend time with foreigners. They get to look through “ a window” and find out about places far from their hometown or village. There are so many things out there waiting to be discovered.”
Matina PapoutsidakisTeacher, Morfosi School
“I never really felt like a tourist or even an outsider in Crete. Everywhere I went, I was welcomed and felt as if I belonged. It’s hard to imagine getting to know a place so well any other way. I learned that the world is a lot smaller than I had imagined.”
Claire ChambersGreece Volunteer