Volunteer English Teacher

This employer is looking for volunteer teachers to deliver English classes to refugees and asylum seekers in Ioannina, Greece

This organisation is a Greek non-profit and non-governmental organization based in Ioannina, Epirus. It was founded in January 2017 by a group of volunteers that had worked together in the Katsikas refugee camp. Since their inception they have worked with and supported refugee communities across the Epirus region and they continue to grow in their four key areas.

Integration – through workshops and activities that develop connections with the local community and economy; fostering an avenue for cohesion and unity.

Education – through non-formal English and Greek language classes for teenagers and adults delivered by qualified teachers

Community-Building – through a Scouts program designed to develop teamwork and life-skills in young people in the region

Support – through their non-formal children’s activities for 3-10 year olds

They deliver non-formal education (NFE) programs at different sites in the Epirus region and are looking for qualified and/or experienced volunteers to fill the roles. The long-term objective of the NFE program is to develop the English language skills of students through the Cambridge Empower Workbook series, in order to prepare them for language certification.

Although acquiring certification is the intended long-term objective, they expect their teachers to ensure that the following objectives are realised in the immediate term:

To support the psycho-social and intellectual development of refugees and asylum seekers

To empower them with interpersonal and life skills

To enable access to quality learning resources

To develop their English language skills in preparation for certification

To strengthen their ability to enter formal education and/or the workplace

To foster their integration into European society

The position: 

They are looking for volunteer teachers to deliver English classes to refugees and asylum seekers in Ioannina and the Epirus region. The ideal candidate(s) will have experience teaching English as a foreign/second language and will possess a strong understanding of or passion for the context they work in (refugee crisis). Experience delivering educational activities to vulnerable populations is a strong advantage.

Key duties:

Delivering daily classes to the population at assigned site;

Preparing class materials;

Ensuring student engagement and progress;

Working closely with the Programme Manager to ensure the programme is being delivered to the expected standards of Second Tree;


They organisation cherish the relation that every teacher creates with their students. This is especially true in a refugee context,  where gaining students’ trust and having a thorough knowledge of their needs is crucial to their learning. For this reason, they only offer the position of Lead Teacher to volunteers that can commit to at least two months. Short term volunteers can help as Assistant Teachers. As space is limited, and Lead Teachers are vital to the continuation of the program, we prioritise long-term volunteers.

For Long-Term Volunteers: if you are staying  for at least 2 months, they offer free accommodation with all the basic amenities (WiFi, heating, laundry, kitchen) covered in a shared team house, and offer and/or cover transportation for work-related activities;

For Short-Term Volunteers: if you are staying between 3 weeks and 2 months, they might be able to put you in contact with individuals providing cheap accommodation (approx. 5€/day). In case there are empty spaces in the team house, you are welcome to stay there, but priority will be given to long-term volunteers.


Degree in teaching

TEFL certificate

Ability to work in a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic, multi-level classroom

Ability to work independently and in a team

Ability to meet deadlines and manage own workload

Ability to work in a high-intensity environment

Adaptable, flexible attitude and approach to teaching and classroom management

Strong communication and inter-personal skills

Strong writing skills

Ability to communicate in an open, honest, direct manner

Desired, but not essential:

Experience working in the refugee context

Experience working with vulnerable populations

How to apply:

Please send the following to the email address provided:

  • CV
  • Cover letter
  • Copy of your qualifications

When you email, please also provide the following:

  • ESL Teacher Candidate in the subject line
  • Specify the dates you’ll be able to volunteer

If the application meets all requirements, you’ll hear back from the employer within 48 hours.


What you need to know:

Location: Ioannina, Greece
Contract Length: Day(s)
Job Type: Voluntary
Age Group:
School Type:
Pay: NA Per
Accommodation Included: Yes
Start Date:
Application Deadline:
Degree Required? Yes
TEFL Certificate Hours Required 100+ hours
Job Reference JOB20404
Number of Vacancies 4

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