Volunteer Operations Intern



Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


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Zaatar is a registered non-profit organization in Greece, set up to help refugees in Athens. Its key initiative is the Orange House, which serves dual purpose as a shelter for refugee women and their children and also a community day center for refugees. At the community center, refugee visitors can take language and computer classes, do their laundry, take a shower, get a hot meal, and get legal advice. Orange House also offers a mentoring network for LGBT refugees.

Zaatar is looking for qualified, proactive individuals who are able to commit to supporting its operations in a medium to long-term internship position. The Operations Intern will have the opportunity to develop, implement, and lead their own projects within Orange House. The intern will also gain direct exposure to the workings of the Orange House and receive practical operations experience at the NGO-level.


Our Operations Intern must be able to commit 20-40 hours a week for at least 2 months.

This volunteer internship position is unpaid, but offers valuable experience in the development, coordination, and day-to-day management of an NGO. The intern will also gain experience working with vulnerable populations.

This position is ideal for those working on degrees or angling towards careers in human rights, gender studies, non-profit management, migration & refugee studies, business management, and Middle Eastern or European studies. There are also many possibilities for volunteers interested in tourism, building projects, and art (music, drama, dance, etc.) to bring their skills into their own side-projects within the NGO.


Possible responsibilities may include:

  • Running weekly volunteer meetings
  • Creating and posting weekly schedules
  • Developing or facilitating the development of new classes for visitors
  • Meeting with potential Zaatar donors and writing for NGO grants
  • Delegating larger projects to new interns
  • Helping with facility improvement efforts alongside refugee residents and volunteers
  • Recruiting and managing applicants for future internships
  • Documenting events and activities with pictures and narrative reports



  • Must be an independent self-starter who is willing to take initiative on new projects and follow through with all tasks both big and small.
  • Proficient in English, preferably full fluency or native speaker
  • Organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Ability to work both independently, with little supervision, and as part of a team
  • Ability to work in a multicultural environment


  • Experience managing and leading a team preferred
  • Experience working in the charity sector
  • Experience with Farsi, Arabic, French, German or Greek language skills a plus
  • Past work with refugees or people in high risk situations preferred
  • Although no specific degree level is required, a candidate should bring a high-level familiarity with Middle Eastern refugee crises, management, multi-tasking, and project coordination.


Training Provided

Housing Available

We welcome


International Volunteers

How To Apply



If this position sounds like you, please submit an application via Google Forms. The application should include your Resume and a short Cover Letter detailing your qualifications. Please apply no later than 1 month before your intended start date.