Volunteering in Greece

* Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, THI Australia’s Volunteering Program is currently on hold

Holiday with Purpose

Are you travelling to Greece and interested in supporting people in need?

The Hellenic Initiative Australia’s Volunteering Program offers volunteers of all ages the opportunity to support our partner charity Boroume to deliver its innovative food saving programs.

From joining teams collecting unsold fruit and vegetables at vibrant neighbourhood farmers’ markets to harvesting donated crops, Boroume volunteers play a vital role in saving food for donation to local charities.

Volunteering is a great way to assist relief efforts, gain a unique insight into Greek life and meet locals and fellow international volunteers.

Volunteers can dedicate a few hours or a few weeks. Just bring your passion for Greece and desire to help. 

The Georgatos family from Sydney volunteering in January 2019

Boroume at the Farmers’ Market

In 2019, Boroume collected more than 158,000 kilos of fresh market produce from markets in Athens and Thessaloniki for distribution to local charities.

Volunteers can join Boroume teams at the participating markets listed below. (Allow 2 hours, starting around 2.30pm)


Monday: Holargos, Gerakas

Tuesday: Halandri, Metaxourghio, Moschato, Pangrati, Pigada (Piraeus)

Wednesday: Agios Pavlos, Dafni, Gkyzi, Lykovrisi, Metaxourghio

Thursday: Ano Ilissia, Ellinoroson, Korydallos, Nea Ionia, Neo Psychiko, Patissia

Friday: Kallithea, Petralona

Saturday: Panormou


Monday: Ano Toumba

Tuesday: Ntepo

Wednesday: Stavroupoli, Toumba

Thursday: Ag. Dimitriou

Friday: Stavroupoli

Saturday: Xirokrini

Boroume in the field

Boroume harvesting & field work

Spend a day on the land helping volunteers with the cultivation of municipal fields outside of Athens, harvesting donated produce and helping with agricultural work. (Seasonal, one full day required).

Boroume HQ  

If you have more time in Athens and a good command of Greek, Boroume can train volunteers to assist at their office in Monastiraki, coordinating daily donations and supporting larger projects, events and operational needs. (minimum 2 weeks required).

Boroume provides briefings and support for volunteers. All travel and accommodation in Greece will be the responsibility of the individual.

For further information contact us at [email protected].

Rebecca Mangos from Sydney volunteered with Boroume for a third time in 2019.