Refugees and migrants are pouring into Greece by the thousands, undertaking harrowing journeys across the sea in overloaded boats in hopes of making a better life for themselves and their families, and RAM is launching a pilot program to help.
RAM’s operations in Greece will consist of:
- 1-2 mobile vans, each of which can fully equip one small clinic with portable dental, vision, and medical equipment.
- We will have portable dental chairs and portable dental units, as well as an autoclave for sterilization. Dental professionals, please feel free to ask for more details.
- Vision professionals will be using lightweight, portable refraction equipment to obtain prescriptions. We will then find the closest match using recycled eyeglasses. For a refugee who has lost their glasses, this will be a huge help until they can get settled.
- Medical equipment will include a small pharmacy to help physicians and nurses provide basic treatment.
- An additional vehicle may be provided for extra support.
Our base of operations will be in the capital of Athens. You will be responsible for the cost of your housing throughout this trip. Our mobile units will allow for teams to go to different locations, so please plan to be on the move frequently. It is possible that a small personal tent or sleeping bag might be useful.
We will launch this program with our first volunteers flying out on Saturday, April 2nd. We ask that you commit to a minimum of TWO WEEKS (return flight on Saturday, April 16th to allow for a quick briefing of the new team). Longer commitments are available, for those volunteers that have more time.
The available dates are as follows:
TEAM 1: April 2nd – April 16th
TEAM 2: April 16th – April 30th
TEAM 3: April 30th – May 14th
TEAM 4: May 14th – May 28th
As this two-month pilot program takes place, we will be adapting our strategy to best fit the needs, and later dates may vary.
The safety of our volunteers is our highest priority. The initial teams will be led and organized by RAM Volunteer Lieutenant Colonel Terry Hawn. He is a highly experienced veteran of the war in Iraq, and for his unrelenting commitment to serving his fellow man, we thank him.
Volunteers will be responsible for the following costs:
- Accommodations in Greece (which start in hotels from as low as 22 Euros per night)
- All meals throughout the trip
- Flights to and from Greece
RAM will cover the cost of overweight baggage fees of any medical, dental, or vision supplies you are bringing. We will provide you with RAM credentials, as well as RAM-identified clothing.
If you are up for this great adventure, please ensure that you are in very good physical condition. These will be long days spent taking care of hundreds of truly in-need people. This trip will require incredible flexibility – please make sure that you are mentally and physically up to the challenge of working in these difficult conditions.
Please respond as soon as possible with your available dates.
Oriane Leake at firstname.lastname@example.org