Boat Refugee Foundation

Boat Refugee Foundation provides medical and psychosocial (emergency) care and stands up for the rights of people on the run. Since 2015, we have been working on various hotspots in Greece. We are currently active in the Mavrovouni camp on Lesvos, where approximately 4000 people are living in appalling conditions.

Mission Statement

BRF is committed to help people in need. We provide necessary medical care and psychosocial support. We increase self-reliance, empower people and offer help so that people can cope with life again. We opted for this form of assistance because this is where our expertise lies. We bring light and hope where darkness threatens to prevail. We do all this with the help of our thousands of volunteers and donors.


A decent reception and adequate care for refugees who reach Europe. Treat people as human beings – that is what BRF stands for. From a humane perspective, we see it as our responsibility to fight injustice within our circle of influence. We do this by providing medical assistance, psychological support, education, advocacy and community building.

Volunteer Roles

As a volunteer you will work in our medical team, which largely consists of professional voluntary nurses, doctors and interpreters, who live in the camp themselves. They play an indispensable role in our team.

We provide (emergency) care from our mobile clinic in the camp, seven days a week – from morning till night time. The complaints we see vary from flu symptoms to serious physical or psychological complaints.

We are currently looking for:


  • You graduated as a nurse; clinical working experience is not a must;
  • As we see many (serious) psychological complaints, it is important that you can deal with this;
  • It is an advantage if you have experience working in ER, psychiatry, pediatrics or ambulance care;
  • You preferably have experience working in a multicultural environment.


  • We are looking for interns and residents with at least two years of clinical working experience;
  • It is an advantage if you have working experience in general practice, emergency care, intensive care, pediatrics or International Health and Tropical Medicine;
  • You preferably have experience working in a multicultural environment.


  • Flights – Volunteer
  • Accommodation – Volunteer
  • Food – Volunteer
  • Transport-In-Country – Project
  • Visa – Volunteer
  • Travel Insurance – Project
  • Medical Indemnity – Volunteer

Volunteer Requirements



Other skills/experience

Not required


Must be fully licensed in volunteer’s home country


English (translators available)

Clinical experience

2 years

Time commitment

6 weeks minimum

Volunteering experience

None required

Driving license

Manual license required

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