The help CRR provides is currently concentrated on the Greek islands. Our main activities take place in Lesvos, but has expended to Samos and Chios. The help we provide consists in organizing group trips (volunteers) and organizing aid transports from the Netherlands, coordinated with local partners.
Lesvos is is a very popular island, visited by many tourists, both Greeks and non-Greeks. The capital of Lesbos is Mytilini, a traditional city where ancient customs are well preserved. Lesvos is a popular holiday island with a lot of charm. It is the third largest island in Greece, after Crete and Evia and its surface is 629 square miles. Lesbos is located at the height of the Sporades, north of the island of Chios, about three hundred kilometers from Piraeus (the port city near Athens) and very close to the Turkish coast. The two large bays give the island its exceptional shape. The length of the island is 70 kilometers, its width is 45 kilometers and it has a circumference of 320 kilometers.
Lesvos has a lot to offer even to the most demanding tourist: a rich history, traditional houses and buildings, picturesque villages, interesting monuments, beautiful churches and monasteries, valuable museums, other places of interest and very good hotels and apartments. The nature and landscape on Lesvos are really beautiful and very varied: green landscapes, barren mountain landscapes, pine forests, oak forests, mountains and hills with green plains and green valleys here and there, amazing bays, forests with plane trees, extensive olive groves, hot springs, protected nature reserves and biotopes.
Lesvos has a large number of refugees from the Middle East and Africa. They stay in a refugee camp on Lesbos for months. They wait until their asylum application is processed. The wait is long and their situation is horrible.
You work in a refugee camp, with volunteers from all over the world. Men, women and children reside in this refugee camp. The women and children stay in a protected area of the camp. During the work you meet refugees and you talk to them. You hear their impressive story.
Life vest graveyard
During your stay on Lesbos we will visit the impressive life jackets cemetery. Here are the life jackets of the boat refugees.
Planned missions to Lesvos:
Mission Lesbos July / August 20 July to 10 August (three weeks possible!)
Mission Lesbos August: August 13-24 (FULL) Mission Lesbos September 7 to September 21
Mission Lesbos October / November 18 October to 2 November