Frequently Asked Questions

Physical Donations
Does Movement on the Ground need physical donations?
I want to donate clothing
My company would like to collaborate how best can this be done?

Financial Donations
How best can I make my donation?
What is your VAT number?
What are your bank account details?
Do you have an ANBI status?

Volunteering
I want to know more about volunteering with you
What do volunteers do for MOTG?
What is the daily schedule of a volunteer on Lesvos?
How much does it costs to volunteer on Lesvos?
What is the minimum time I have to commit to volunteer on Lesvos?
I would like to volunteer in The Netherlands, what options are there for this?
What are our criteria for volunteering on Lesvos?
Is it safe to volunteer on Lesvos?
Where can I stay?
I am a student and would like to do an internship with MOTG.

Contact
What is your postal address?
I would like to interview one of the MOTG team members
I have some questions about your work on Lesvos/Amsterdam for a publication

Physical Donations

Does Movement on the Ground need physical donations?
We prefer to support the local economy and not burden the planet with transport. However there are instances when specific donations are needed as they cannot be bought on the island. Please send us an email to find out what is needed at the moment, [email protected]

I want to donate clothing
As needs for various items constantly change on the island we ask that you email us at [email protected]. This way we can send you an updated list of what we are currently in need of. We will require you to send all donations to our warehouse in The Netherlands, where we collect all items for transport to Lesvos.

My company would like to collaborate how best can this be done?
Thank you for considering collaborating with us, we can use all the help and support we can get! Please send an email to [email protected]

Financial Donations

How best can I make my donation?
There are several ways to donate financially to us:

  1. http://movementontheground.com/needs/
  2. IBAN: NL86 RABO 0307 9928 10
    To: Stichting Movement On The Ground
    BIC-number: RABONL2U
    Reference: General Donation
    Bank-Name: Rabobank Group
    Bank-address: Polarisavenue 150, 2132 JX Hoofddorp, The Netherlands
    Address of organisation: Postbus 9082, 1006AB Amsterdam
  3. If you would prefer an invoice or a donation receipt for tax purposes, then please send us an email, [email protected] Your email will not be used further, if you would like to subscribe to our newsletter please visit our contact page

What is your VAT number?
As we are an NGO we do not have a VAT number, instead we have a RSIN number: 855840171

What are your bank account details?
IBAN: NL86 RABO 0307 9928 10
BIC-number (SWIFT): RABONL2U
Bank-Name: Rabobank Group
Bank-address: Polarisavenue 150, 2132 JX Hoofddorp, The Netherlands
Account name: Stichting Movement On The Ground
Address of organisation: attn. MOTG / Collab, street: Wibautstraat 131D, postal code: 1091GL city: Amsterdam country: The Netherlands

Do you have an ANBI status?
Yes! We do.

Volunteering

I want to know more about volunteering with you
Please send an email to [email protected], then we can send you all the general information about volunteering with us

What do volunteers do for MOTG?
As a volunteer on Lesvos, you will be involved in different projects, such as our Digital Learning Lab, community kitchens, clothing shop, community centre, football program and electricity program. That means one day you might help the residents find the right clothing in our shop and sort clothing in the warehouse, while the next day you can teach a computer basics class and assist with a football training session. ​ ​ If you are part of the Amsterdam team you could be helping us with donations, administrative items or helping us spread the word at a specific event. If any of this interests you please fill in our online questionnaire, http://movementontheground.com/volunteers, so that we can process your application!

What is the daily schedule of a volunteer on Lesvos?
Each day is different and because the schedules of the different projects do not coincide, the volunteer schedule varies per day. If you are scheduled for the clothing store, your day might start at 9:30 AM. For the community kitchen program, your day will start in the afternoon and can last until 21:00 PM. In general, volunteers will be working approximately 8 hours per day with the necessary breaks in between.

How much does it costs to volunteer on Lesvos?
Costs vary depending on the time of year, flight costs vary greatly. It also depends on the type of accommodation you choose to stay in. In general, apart from the flight & accommodation you will need to cover transport (to and from your accommodation to the camp), food and drink. We estimate that food & drink costs between 15-30 euro per day. Transport, if shared, could be between 5-10 euro per day. In addition we ask that all volunteers donate towards our daily activities, we ask for a minimum of 200 euro to be donated prior to arrival on the island. This money is used for activities, or saved for emergency situations. Many volunteers also fundraise via their social media networks to gather more funds for our work, this is a personal choice and can also be done upon return from the Lesvos.

What is the minimum time I have to commit to volunteer on Lesvos?
We ask that all volunteers come to volunteer with us on Lesvos for a least 2 weeks. The reason for this because it often takes a few days to adjust to the volunteer program and to learn how we work and in addition it creates a more stable environment for the camp residents (refugees).

I would like to volunteer in The Netherlands, what options are there for this?
First of all thank you for offering your help, we are always so grateful for people who have extra time they want to spend helping us. There are two ways you can choose to volunteer for us in The Netherlands:

  1. You can join our Army of Lovers group. These are people in The Netherlands that have offered to help us with specific events, donations which can be packing or transporting from one place to another. When we need specific help we reach out to this group of volunteers asking for help and who ever has time and wants to help lets us know. If you are interested in joining our Army of Lovers then please send an email to: [email protected] or [email protected]
  2. We always need support in the office, but this requires a weekly commitment, as we then rely on this person to handle certain tasks or projects per week. This could be an extended period of time or a just a few weeks (we ask for a minimum of 8 weeks commitment to make it worth your and our time).

What are our criteria for volunteering on Lesvos?
Our criteria are the following:

  • You are above the age of 21 years old
  • You can come to Lesvos to volunteer for a minimum of 2 weeks
  • You are financially independent (this means you can pay for yourself during your time as a volunteer; flight, food & drinks and transport on the island). We are unable to cover any costs of our volunteers
  • You have insurance

Is it safe to volunteer on Lesvos?
Yes, but to guarantee your safety we always advise our team members to stay in the vicinity of the rest of the volunteer group, or to stay with one other team member. We also ask our volunteers to stay connected and updated via our team Whats app group.

Where can I stay?
You need to arrange your own accommodation. For volunteers staying longer than a month there can be the option of staying in our volunteer house. However space here is limited, and if there is space it will cost you 10 euro per night.

I am a student and would like to do an internship with MOTG.
Please send us an email with your motivation, your CV and the length of time that you are available to intern for to [email protected]

Contact

What is your postal address?
Attn. MOTG / Collab
Street: Wibautstraat 131D
Postal code: 1091GL
City: Amsterdam
Country: The Netherlands

I would like to interview one of the MOTG team members
We are happy to take interviews, please send your request to [email protected] and we will do our best to reply within 4 business days.

I have some questions about your work on Lesvos/Amsterdam for a publication
For any press or media related questions p​lease email: [email protected]