HSA is widely recognised as a leader in volunteer coordination, providing professional humanitarian relief to asylum seekers and migrants in Greece. We serve at Kara Tepe site in Lesbos, providing vital support through the provision and distribution of hot drinks, clothing with other items, and education and general camp support. What makes us unique is that we bridge the gap between traditional NGOs and independent volunteer organizations. Everyone has an important role to play in the response and we believe that collaboration is essential.

Our services

Education Hub

Since April 2016 HSA has developed an established community learning program. We currently provide beginner and intermediate English language tuition as well as cultural education for adults. We have also set up a community garden from which we plan to expand our classes to vocational work based training.

Tea Point

 The HSA Tea Point is an important focal point of the Kara Tepe camp. Our residents are able to come along and enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee at any time of the day while interacting & socialising with other residents and our team of dedicated volunteers.

Clothing Distribution

From our storage and distribution centre at Kara Tepe, we display our donations in a pleasing shop style that allows our residents to maintain the dignity of trying on and choosing new clothes in a clean, and safe environment.  We also have the skills & facilities to repair clothes and shoes to make sure we get the most from every donation.

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Latest news

Volunteers’ Portrait: Amanda-T and Jake at the Clothing Distribution Center

Jake and Amanda-T are a couple from the United States. Last spring, they made the decision to come volunteer full-time with HSA. They got rid of their possessions, left their occupations in DC and flew to Greece. “We were feeling restless in our jobs”, says Amanda-T.   The move didn’t come as a surprise to […]

TEFL Teacher volunteer’s portrait: Wendy from UK

Wendy first came to HSA as a general volunteer… and ended up coming back for several months to teach English language to men and women in the camp. When asked why she decided to return to HSA, she states that “The people were still here and the need was still here” The need to receive […]

Resident volunteers step in to extend Tea Chai House’s opening hours during Ramadan

To better serve residents during the holy month of Ramadan, where many Muslims observe a fast from sunrise to sunset, HSA responded positively to the residents’ request of longer opening hours. As people were having their evening meal later, the Tea Chai House adapted its opening hours, staying open until 2 AM. HSA is very […]

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What our volunteers say

“With HSA, I have connected with my students and learned about their own cultures and experiences. I highly recommend this program to anyone that has a TEFL certification or teaching background.”

Suzanne Kussner

“I have been teaching English to adults here in Kara Tepe. It has been fantastic to see their progress and interest in learning, and to be a part of their journey to a safer future.”

Wendy Baxter-Kennedy

“I was blown away by the number of residents that spoke little to no English when they arrived at Kara Tepe. Now, they are able to have full conversations with people from all over the world. Some are learning Greek, German, and English!”

Brooke Pruiksma Former Financial Officer

“There’s nothing more satisfying than the smiles on residents’ faces when they select their new clothing and shoes. Working at the Clothing Distribution has been an enriching and fulfilling experience.”

Poorti Sathe

“With its location in the center of camp, the Tea Point at Kara Tepe has allowed me to meet and interact with many residents. It’s great to see familiar faces as well as different people everyday.”

Ysaline Carlier