what we do A typical day
8am: Free Breakfast in the Youth Hostel (consisting of cereal, cake, bread, tea, coffee, fresh juice, and yes – crepes!)
9am: Leave hostel as a convoy and get ready to travel to the Care4Calais site.
9:30am: Morning briefing consisting of a warm-up and an overview of current refugee situation.
9:45am: Time to work! Either sorting clothes, supplies & donations in the warehouse or chopping and cooking in the kitchen (If at Refugee Community Kitchen).
1pm: Lunch is served! A yummy vegetarian meal such as curry with rice and bread.
2pm: Either continue with morning activities or Off to deliver donations to and interact with the refugees.
c. 5pm: Return to hostel to freshen up and relax before dinner – maybe even have a stroll on the beautiful Calais beach which is a 3 min walk from the hostel!
8pm: All meet for dinner and drinks at a restaurant in the centre of Calais (only a 10 min walk from the hostel).
Who we work with
Choose Love is a grassroots charity, with various projects based in Calais through to Syria. For the last few years, they have run a huge warehouse where volunteers have sorted clothes, tents and toiletries supplies for mass distribution to refugees in Northern France. Find out about their NEW GRANT-BASED model.
Refugee Community Kitchen in Calais is supported by Help Refugees. The work they do across Europe is amazing. Delicious hot meals are prepared and distributed every day to refugees in Calais and Dunkirk and life-saving supplies such as warm clothing and tents are also given to refugees.
Their motto is, "Feeding people Without Judgement"
RCK has produced & distributed up to 1500 hot vegetarian and culturally relevant refugee meals a day!
Care4Calais provide refugees in Calais, Brussels & Paris with vital supplies such as Hoodies, Sleeping Bags & Power Banks to name a few. Through personal interaction with the refugees, you are able to offer conversation and solidarity.
To hear their stories, changes your idea of what a refugee is.
You realise that they find the same things funny as you do, that they really miss their families and that in another time, you could be them.