In January 2018, The Pedagogical Institute of Los Angeles created The Nest – a beautiful, safe and engaging play space for newly arriving young refugee children at a community center in Lesvos, Greece. Over 75 people arrive by boat every night to Lesvos seeking refuge from death, destruction, and persecution. Many of them are children. While services exist on the island for older children and adults, the youngest children are often overlooked, playing with rusty nails, cigarette butts, and anything they can find in the rubble of the unsanitary refugee camps where they live. The Nest, walking distance from the two major refugee camps, Moria and Kara Tepe, provides appropriate play experiences - a place where children can be children.

THE NEST is an open-ended play space that encourages curiosity, exploration, and autonomy for children 2 – 7 years old. It is located at One Happy Family Community Center, a Swiss-run NGO and is 100% staffed by volunteers from around the world. We are looking for experienced teachers who would like to spend a minimum of two weeks working side by side with young refugee children. As a Nester, you will not only enrich the lives of children and their families, you will enrich your own life in ways no other experience can.

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