Are you over 18, full of enthusiasm and energy, and want to help some of the most vulnerable refugees on Lesvos? Then we need you!

The Lava Project is a laundry project working for residents of the new refugee camp in Lesvos, formerly working for residents of Moria Camp.

The project was founded in June 2019 by volunteers to assist healthcare NGOs in providing treatment for scabies and other medical conditions developed in unsanitary living conditions. We concentrate on medical cases and other particularly vulnerable groups in the camp. We’re currently washing clothing and bedding for advanced scabies patients, unaccompanied minors who lived in Moria’s Safe Zone, and doctors for Medecins Sans Frontieres, and washing winter clothing donated to our partner organizations before they’re distributed.

Our team consists of international volunteers as well as volunteers from the camps, making sure we serve our community however we can.

Want to help?

Email us at, fill in our online form or apply via Indigo Volunteers

What will I be doing?

You would be helping to run the laundry! Tasks include feeding washing machines and dryers, assisting on collections and distributions in the camp, driving the van (if you have a license), and other coordination tasks, depending on how long you stay with us.

What impact will I have?

We serve some of the most vulnerable groups of people in the camp, so aside from the direct impact on the patients themselves, you would also be helping medical organizations support related services and help more people.

Who will I be working with?

We currently have long-term coordinators and a consistent flux of international and community volunteers.

Minimum Age

18 years for short-term volunteers, 21 years for long-term volunteers to drive the van

Minimum time

4 weeks minimum (including one week quarantine), but subject to change in accordance with coronavirus regulations.


You can stay in the Project’s apartment outside Moria village, or we can provide you with information on how to find your own accommodation.

Extra Costs

No extra costs apart from your own expenses. Transport to and from the laundry is included if you prefer, and some snacks are provided.

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