Frequently asked questions
Here we’ve answered many of our most common queries. If you have a question that we don’t answer below, please feel free to email us or to visit LesVol.info, which contains lots of great, up-to-date information.
Q. I’ve heard that BDFM has shut down/you don’t need volunteers anymore. Is this true?
A: We have indeed shut down our main camp and are currently redefining our main project.
Q: I would like to come in [June, July, August, September…]. Will you need me?
A: It’s currently impossible to predict how the political situation on the island will develop that far in advance. We’d recommend that you not purchase your tickets more than four weeks in advance of when you plan to arrive.
Q: I’ve heard that I have to register with the Greek police in order to volunteer on Lesvos. How do I do this?
A: Instructions can be found on LesVol.info
Q: What are the health risks of coming?
A: While none of our volunteers have ever gotten seriously ill, it’s pretty common to feel a bit under the weather for a few days shortly after arriving. It takes around 4-6 weeks to for our immune systems to build up antibodies, and until then volunteers may experience a slight cough we affectionately call ‘Moria Lung.’
Q: Should I get any vaccinations?
A: You don’t need to get any vaccinations, though for the protection of refugees and our other volunteers a flu shot might be a good idea. It also wouldn’t hurt to be sure your Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Polio vaccinations are in date, although we have not had outbreaks of any of the above.
Q: Can BDFM help me with accommodation?
A: As much as we would like to, we are not able to help volunteers with finding accommodation.
Q: How can I get to and from camp?
A: There is a public bus that goes from the camp to the port area in Mytiline and back. It costs 1 € each way, but it also tends to be a bit unreliable. A cab, which you will often be able to share, is 10 € each way during the day, and possibly 15 € at night. Once you get here, we can also add you to a WhatsApp group set up for the same purpose.
There will often be opportunities to share a car or a cab as most people move to and from the camp for shift changes. If you have the capacity and means, hiring your own car is of course also an option.
Q: What are the living costs?
A: We are now in a position to provide one meal during each of the shifts. Other than that good information on shopping is at times. Generally, most long-term volunteers pay between 100 and 400 € per month for rent and around 20 € per day for food.
Q: What supplies are currently most needed that I can get you?
A: Clothing, shoes, and other in-kind donations are usually either covered by large shipments of donations or purchased by volunteers here on the island with fundraised money, which has the additional value of supporting the local economy. Please visit the In-Kind Donations section of our donate page for more information. However we do not take any in-kind donations at the moment.
Q: I am a member of the press. Can I arrange a visit or an interview with you?
A: Thank you for your interest in our work. Please contact our press liaison, James Bennet, He will be able to discuss your query further.