We couldn’t do what we are doing without the many amazing people who volunteer their time and resources to help out. The Calais shelter-building project has up to 15 people working in the workshop and an equal number assembling onsite.


How you can help

We are always looking for volunteers to help with the workshop fabrication and onsite assembly of the shelters in Calais. We need people with the following skills:

  • A good level of experience working with wood & power tools, particularly in a workshop environment
  • You should have be self-motivated initiative and capable of working under your own initiative with minimum supervision once you have been shown the ropes
  • We also need people to assist in the logistical coordination of shelters arriving to site at the right times. If you drive, and /or you’re physically fit enough to handle loading and unloading of materials and frames, we can use you

Recommended Tools

Helpful and really appreciated but not vital are:

  • Good Impact Driver with spare battery for a day in the camp
  • Nail Gun
  • Hammer
  • Tape Measure
  • Set Square
  • Pencil
  • Steel Toe Capped Boots
  • A good Waterproof Jacket and Trousers

If you would like to volunteer please contact us prefixing the subject line with VOLUNTEERING for more details. Please include your relevant skills and dates of intended arrival and departure. We prefer people to come for a minimum of 4 days and ideally up to 6 – 7 days in one stretch. You will need to be independent and self-motivated – we can help you with information regarding travel and where to stay, and wherever possible will put you in contact with other volunteers coming over at the same time; however, ultimately it will be up to you. 

We are always looking for volunteers to visit whenever is convenient for you. Extra capable hands are always welcome. So please let us know what dates work for you rather than asking us if certain dates are OK for us.

Health and safety

When you are volunteering for us in Calais you will be working under the auspices of Local charity L'auberge des Migrants, and you will be required to sign their volunteer agreement form which formalises the relationship between you whilst you are in France. When working in the workshop, please be aware it is inherently a hazardous environment and you are required to wear safety equipment/gear. Safety goggles, gloves & masks are provided. We strongly recommend EU Standard working footwear.