Volunteer in GREECE

Med'EqualiTeam

Interested in volunteering with us? We have a range of volunteering opportunities available in our Thessaloniki project.

Below you can find a description of the different roles of our volunteers to give you a better idea of what you could be doing by joining the project in Thessaloniki.

If you have other skills and ideas, or you would like to combine roles, we would also be delighted to hear from you. If you have additional questions, please message to volunteer@medequali.team and our Volunteer Coordinator will come back to you in the next days.

When you feel ready to apply as a volunteer, please use our application form below, and we'll get back to you as soon as possible. Please note that we cannot provide invitation letters to obtain a visa if you need one to enter the European Union. Whenever possible we offer accommodation in shared flats, however, during busy times you may have to find your own accommodation in Thessaloniki.

Why apply with us ?

  • Join an international team of very interesting and highly motivated people
  • Work in a highly adaptive NGO context to meet the medical needs of displaced people
  • Contribute to improving the lives of displaced population
  • A highly rewarding and meaningful job
  • Work in a multilingual environment

What happens after submitting your application

  • After submitting your application, we will get in touch with you to discuss your specifics
  • If your preferred dates and profile fit, you will receive a more detailed presentation of what it is like to work with us
  • We will organize a phone call with you to discuss any remaining questions as well as your professional background
  • If everything feels good on both sides, we will confirm your stay. We will ask for some documents (notably a criminal background check less than 6 months old and copy of your ID), and will send you our Volunteer Guide
  • Before booking your travels, make sure your dates fit our schedule

Job description

Your main role will be to undertake primary healthcare consultations in different settings each day. Your main tasks will be managing both chronic and acute health issues, such as blood pressure management, diabetes care, acute infections, and a whole other range of healthcare needs.

Throughout your stay with us, you will have to be flexible and adaptable as we are constantly adapting our services to refugee needs. You will also be required to help with other tasks to keep the operation going, such as restocking the mobile units and other support tasks.

Required experience and skills

  • Ideally at least 2 years of experience in a broad speciality such as general practice, paediatrics, internal medicine or emergency medicine.
  • Interest and knowledge of primary health care.
  • Capable of adapting to a low resource setting, knowing how to deal with the frustrations that come with work in this kind of setting.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Availability of at least 2 full working weeks, ideally more. Preference will be given to applications with longer stays.

Desired experience and skills

  • Previous experience with working with displaced people.
  • A driving licence and experience driving a manual car.
  • Knowledge of locally relevant languages (Greek, Arabic, Farsi).

Job description

Nurses can be expected to undertake vital signs and observations, wound care, triage, pharmacy roles, health promotion and many other roles that may be required.

Required experience and skills

  • Experience in or knowledge of primary health care (Nurse Practitioner welcomed to apply).
  • Experience in wound dressing or experience in assessing patients on your own in order to adequately triage them.
  • Capable of working independently, while knowing your professional limits and asking for help if needed.
  • Fluency in English.

Desired experience and skills

  • Previous experience with working with displaced people.
  • Knowledge of locally relevant languages (Greek, Arabic, Farsi, Pashto)

Further information

Understand that this is an intense job where a lot of patience, flexibility, creativity and team work will be asked of you!


Job description

As a medical student you will be expected to work closely with the team of doctors and support them with various tasks. Depending on your experience, you may undertake a large part of the consultation yourself, and then consult with the doctor and discuss the patient, especially for medical students in the later stages of their training.

Throughout your stay with us, you will have to be flexible and adaptable as we are constantly adapting our services to refugee needs. You will also be required to help with other tasks to keep the operation going, such as restocking the mobile units and other support tasks.

Required experience and skills

  • You are in the last years of your medical studies, having completed a significant part of your medical internships. You know how to assess a patient on your own and present a patient to your supervisor. You can recognize an acutely sick patient.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Capable of adapting to a low resource setting, knowing how to deal with the frustrations that come with work in this kind of setting.
  • Availability of at least 3 full working weeks, ideally more. Preference will be given to applications with longer stays.

Desired experience and skills

  • Experience with working with people from displaced populations
  • Knowledge of locally relevant language (Greek, Arabic, Farsi, Pashto)
  • A driving licence and experience driving a manual car

Further information

You can apply with us as part of your internship in your medical studies.


Job description

Our translators are the crucial bridge between our patients and medical staff, enabling communication between refugees and English-speaking volunteers. Interpreters are responsible for translating the patient’s reason for visiting the clinic as well as questions from the medical staff designed to elicit the full range and extent of the patient’s symptoms. In the course of a consultation, the translator facilitates understanding the patient’s problems and concerns, basic, physical examinations, communicating the doctor’s medical opinion, treatment, and providing next steps.

You do not need any previous experience as a translator, and it is not expected that you have prior medical knowledge. There are several tools to assist you in using the most appropriate vocabulary to translate the doctor’s questions and the patient’s responses.

Required experience and skills

  • Fluency in Arabic, Farsi, Urdu or Pashto.
  • Good spoken skills in English.

Desired experience and skills

  • Previous experience with working with displaced people.
  • Previous experience with interpreting, especially for medical consultations.
  • Knowledge of health problems in patients with a refugee background.
  • Spoken Greek language.

Job description

Under the direct management of the medical referent of the NGO, the medical coordinator organizes and ensures an efficient implementation of the medical activities and supervise all related aspects:

  • Be the focal point for all medical issues
  • Ensure smooth integration of medical volunteers
  • Ensure the management and capacity building of the medical team
  • Regular contact with other NGOs
  • Liaison with the local health centres
  • Main focal point for the pharmacy stock and orders
  • Ensure the respect of the medical procedures and propose improvement of processes
  • Ensure the regular reporting and monitoring of the project

As a key position, we ask for a minimum of 4 months commitment, ideally 6 months. The start of the mission is by mid-June.

Required experience and skills

Mandatory:

  • Medical Doctor or Nurse/Nurse practitioner, with at least 2 years of work experience
  • Experience working in similar environments
  • Fluency in English
  • Adaptability to changing circumstances
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience in leading a team

Desired experience and skills

Desired competences and skills:

  • Knowledge of Greek, Arabic or Farsi is a plus
  • Ability to work under pressure with a high level of personal organization and flexibility
  • Strong communication and reporting skills
  • Commitment to humanitarian principles
  • Strong interpersonal and intercultural skills
  • Proactive, hardworking and conscientious

Further information

Benefits:

  • Accommodation, transport costs and health insurance covered
  • Stipend to cover local living costs (500€/month)

Please apply by sending CV and cover letter to admin@medequali.team

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