$2,750 Expedition Cost

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13 Expedition reviews

Athens, Greece for 7 days

Hack the Refugee Crisis

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Join us as we travel to Greece, where over 60 thousand refugees currently reside after being forced to flee their homes. You’ll learn social issues behind the biggest refugee crisis of our time, joining forces with local nonprofits to create tech-focused solutions.

Questions? Email us expeditions@effect.org


"Unbelievable experience, completely perspective changing."
David Hecht, Google

During the expedition, a team of volunteers will take part in a rare opportunity to see and understand the refugee crisis first-hand.


Hundreds of thousands are fleeing to Europe from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. As borders close across Europe and the globe, the influx of refugees has added to Greece’s unprecedented levels of strain.

Expedition Details

Volunteers will learn about the crisis from those most impacted and participate in an Effect Hackathon. You’ll visit refugees living in camps, speak with locals, and collaborate with local nonprofits to create effective and innovative solutions to address the crisis. Your unique professional skills – whether in marketing, HR, development or strategic thinking, will add to the Hackathon’s collaborative and problem-solving space.


Price per person



7 Days



Application Cost


Passport & Visa


In-Country Food & Transportation



Travel through the city of Athens visiting local nonprofits, speak with those directly affected by the crisis, and learn about existing solutions and barriers.


Work with a team of fellow volunteers to create tech-based solutions and develop ideas during a Hackathon. Coding, marketing, or designing - all skills are needed to make this happen!

Make a difference

You’ll have the rare chance to understand the refugee crisis in Greece first-hand. Work with nonprofits and apply your everyday skills, you'll create solutions to change communities.


Working directly with Greek nonprofits and community members, you’ll help with the biggest problems they face. Nonprofits will then be given grants to implement solutions and continue their invaluable work.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
  • Meals & drinks (non-alcoholic)
  • In-country travel
  • Pre-program fundraising support

What's Not Included

  • International Flights
  • Visa Related Fees


Land in Athens and check into hotel
Day One of Volunteering. Induction and training program. Visit with a local nonprofit
Day Two of Volunteering. Spend day alongside local nonprofits and partners understanding issues in the community. Spend time asking questions and having discussion on their work and the barriers they face.
Day Three of Volunteering. Refugee Camp
Work with local nonprofits, community members and stakeholders. Culture Half Day.
Hackathon starts
Hackathon presentations and debrief
Check out of Hotel, head home!

Meet Your Expedition Leaders

Sandy Singh

Program Director

Starting her career in marketing and events for corporate america, Sandy turned her attention to international development when she moved to India and scaled programs centered around Social Enterprise throughout the country. Sandy administered and created programs both helping the homeless and preventing homelessness in her hometown of Turlock, CA. Sandy has a true passion for everything India, is addicted to coffee and loves boxing, reading, and travel!

Casey Allred

CEO / Founder

Hailing from a small town in Idaho (USA), Casey’s love of international development started at age 19, as he lead others in life changing activities in Albania for 2 years. He started Effect.org in 2010, opening a school in rural Bihar, India. Passionate about filmmaking, he produced Stolen Innocence, a documentary exposing human trafficking. In 2015, Casey led the largest volunteer group rebuilding after the Nepal earthquake. An outdoor fanatic, Casey is happiest in the mountains and loves getting out on his bicycle.


13 Expedition reviews
Nicole Anguilm

The expedition trip to Greece was transformational. I met incredible individuals that inspired me to seek new perspectives, including the others on the expedition, individuals working in the NGOs that we worked with, and the refugees that we met in the camp. I was able to see the skills I use daily at Google help passionate members of an NGO align around a shared mission and vision to change the acclimation process for refugees. Most importantly, my normal bubble was shaken, reminding me how lucky I am, and that I have a unique opportunity to use the resources and skills that I have to help others that may have all that I do.

Gaurav Mishra

The camp visits were a life-altering experience for me. I met some of the most honest and genuine people at these camps who, despite the extreme lack of basic amenities, welcomed me, fed me, sang with me, and shared their problems with me. On the other hand, talking to Solomon and Campfire Innovation, we learnt about the crisis from the perspective of the volunteers, discovered broad as well as specific issues that they face, and tried to help them overcome these.

Phil Bennett

This was a great trip. It was wonderful to work with the non-profits and see how technology could unlock their potential. The trip also provided important insights into the complex political, social and economic challenges gripping the region.


Worldwide, we are facing the biggest refugee crisis of our time. Over 3 million* people are fleeing from Syria as a result of violent civil war in their country. Turkey has been first point of call for many refugees, with 2.5 million seeking refuge. Germany has been the end point for many journeys, with 480,000 refugees. Greece sees countless people arriving on islands before moving on to Athens and other Greek cities. The country is currently home to over 60,000 refugees. Greece has been the mid-point in many refugee journeys - not the first point for fleeing, nor is it typically where refugees plan to settle. However this country faces its own unique problem and involvement with the crisis. Effect.org has experience working on crises in India and Nepal, and wanted to help with the refugee situation. After working with multiple nonprofits across Turkey, Greece and Germany, we selected specific nonprofits in Greece to work with during an expedition. With so many issues, nonprofits lack the time and resources to assess current problems and solutions they face. Working with expedition volunteers we’ll clarify barriers to progress and create change!
The total cost of the trip is $5,500; however, most companies match, which means that you’ll only need to pay or fundraise 50% i.e. $2,750. Each volunteer is responsible for knowing their company match program.
  • You can either pay yourself or fundraise. We have found from previous trips that those who fundraise usually get more involved and gain a richer experience in country.
  • You’ll need to pay $250 deposit to secure your place (This will also go towards your final balance) Your first payment will be $1,250
  • Flights are not part of company's corporate giving programs. You’ll need to pay in advance for your plane tickets. Round trip tickets from SFO to ATH usually cost around $800 - $1200.
  • Balance amount is due one month before the departure of the expedition. First payment can be refunded if volunteer changes their mind 7 days after the first payment (5% processing fee). 30 days before the trip starts refunds will be given at 50%. Beyond 30 days Effect.org will not refund the expedition.
  • Please rest assured that the Effect.org team will give you advice and guidance on fundraising!
Friday, May 19: Application deadline with $250.00 deposit
Tuesday, May 22: Communication sent to applicants.
Tuesday, May 29: First payment $1,250 due to Effect.org alongside completed medical form.
Tuesday, June 12: Deadline for flight payment.
Tuesday, June 19: Final balance of $1,250
You’ll have the unique opportunity to feel, see and understand at the ground level the refugee crisis and its impact on Greece. This crisis is impacting numerous lives, wit children suffering the most. Refugees are vulnerable to child labor, trafficking and an increasing lack of access to education. This is a crucial point in history desperately requiring bright minds to help. Applying your everyday skills, you’ll be able to create solutions to create change and save lives.
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