Alumni Network

Our volunteers come from all over the world. Check out the map below to see where everyone is from. We also share details of upcoming fundraisers and Samos Volunteers events here, so keep an eye out to see if there’s anything going on in your neighbourhood!

 
 

Ambassadors

Ambassadors are our representatives in your communities. All our ambassadors are alumni volunteers and know what life is like on the ground. They take action to support Samos Volunteers spreading the word about to our work, organising fundraisers and events, encouraging others to join our team, and being reference points for anyone who wants to learn more about what we do. Hover over their profile pictures to learn more about who they are and what drives them.

Are you an alumni volunteer and interested in becoming an ambassador? Get in touch with us!

 Name: Sam Reed  Age: 23 Nationality: American Background: Education   I really admire the way SV creates bonds of solidarity between volunteers and refugees, and how the group treats the people we work with not as charity cases, but as equals.

Name: Sam Reed
Age: 23
Nationality: American
Background: Education

I really admire the way SV creates bonds of solidarity between volunteers and refugees, and how the group treats the people we work with not as charity cases, but as equals.

 Name: Hedda Løkken  Age: 27 Nationality: Norwegian Background: Sociology and Human Rights   I got to hear about SV through a work colleague and was sure right away that I wanted to join. It was a great experience. Wanting to share this with friends and family back home, I decided to continue some work after I left Samos last year. I collected money, wrote in a local news paper, visited an elementary school to talk about Samos and writing letters to the young students at Alpha and a high school to talk to students there.

Name: Hedda Løkken
Age: 27
Nationality: Norwegian
Background: Sociology and Human Rights

I got to hear about SV through a work colleague and was sure right away that I wanted to join. It was a great experience. Wanting to share this with friends and family back home, I decided to continue some work after I left Samos last year. I collected money, wrote in a local news paper, visited an elementary school to talk about Samos and writing letters to the young students at Alpha and a high school to talk to students there.

 Name: Susanna Kelly-Shankar Age: 30  Nationality: American  Background: Social Marketing     I moved from a small town in the U.S. to Germany where I was confronted with real people affected by displacement. I wanted to use my time in Germany giving back and that is when I found Samos Volunteers. They had just placed a call for volunteers and I knew this was my chance to make an impact with a genuine NGO. My time with Samos volunteers allowed me to open my heart and mind to new experiences while giving back in a positive environment.    I wrote about my time on Samos in a blog. Through my writing, I reached people around the world that have been moved to donate time and money. Seeing the impact my writing and work had compelled me to continue as an ambassador for Samos Volunteers.

Name: Susanna Kelly-Shankar
Age: 30
Nationality: American
Background: Social Marketing

I moved from a small town in the U.S. to Germany where I was confronted with real people affected by displacement. I wanted to use my time in Germany giving back and that is when I found Samos Volunteers. They had just placed a call for volunteers and I knew this was my chance to make an impact with a genuine NGO. My time with Samos volunteers allowed me to open my heart and mind to new experiences while giving back in a positive environment.

I wrote about my time on Samos in a blog. Through my writing, I reached people around the world that have been moved to donate time and money. Seeing the impact my writing and work had compelled me to continue as an ambassador for Samos Volunteers.

 Name: Pam Gregory Age: 72 Nationality: British  Background: Hospitality and Education   Working with SV is definitely the best , most interesting and worthwhile work I've ever done and hope I can carry on until I drop!

Name: Pam Gregory
Age: 72
Nationality: British
Background: Hospitality and Education

Working with SV is definitely the best , most interesting and worthwhile work I've ever done and hope I can carry on until I drop!

 Name: Ana Gonçalves Age: 26 Nationality: Portugese  Background: Scout/Medical doctor    I volunteered because I wanted to make a positive difference in the world. Once I was there and saw the reality the media tries to silence I became committed into telling the world that their hearts ache and that love is the only way to ease the suffering.

Name: Ana Gonçalves
Age: 26
Nationality: Portugese
Background: Scout/Medical doctor

I volunteered because I wanted to make a positive difference in the world. Once I was there and saw the reality the media tries to silence I became committed into telling the world that their hearts ache and that love is the only way to ease the suffering.

 Name: Eric Raimondi  Age: 21  Nationality: American  Background: Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic    I came to Samos because I wanted to improve the lives of those that others have forgotten. I am now an SV ambassador because I want to continue to make a difference.

Name: Eric Raimondi
Age: 21
Nationality: American
Background: Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic

I came to Samos because I wanted to improve the lives of those that others have forgotten. I am now an SV ambassador because I want to continue to make a difference.

 Name: Filipa Pisco Age: 26 Nationality: Portugese Background: Biomedical Scientist    In 2015 I was in Guiúa working with kids and adults trying to provide better life conditions. Since that experience I've always wanted to do something for others on another country. Considering the refugee crisis I decided to go to a country that was taking refugees. I needed to see the crisis and to help in the field. I have been 2 months in Samos and it was an amazing and intense experience. The camp is "hell on earth" and you can actually be a positive difference in these people's lives. I learned the magic of chocolate sprinkles on cookies and that we are so lucky to have been born in the other side of the world. That's why we should go there: to help, to be grateful and to change our lives.

Name: Filipa Pisco
Age: 26
Nationality: Portugese
Background: Biomedical Scientist

In 2015 I was in Guiúa working with kids and adults trying to provide better life conditions. Since that experience I've always wanted to do something for others on another country. Considering the refugee crisis I decided to go to a country that was taking refugees. I needed to see the crisis and to help in the field. I have been 2 months in Samos and it was an amazing and intense experience. The camp is "hell on earth" and you can actually be a positive difference in these people's lives. I learned the magic of chocolate sprinkles on cookies and that we are so lucky to have been born in the other side of the world. That's why we should go there: to help, to be grateful and to change our lives.

 Name: Catarina Oliviera  Age: 22 Nationality: Portugese Background: Medical Student   After a time working as a volunteer in Samos, I see that all the help is needed and I feel that I can now offer and help more from my country, by publicizing the work developed by the organization and sharing my experiences with people who live physically and emotionally distanced from the sad and cruel reality and the environment of atrocities that thousands of innocent people face.

Name: Catarina Oliviera
Age: 22
Nationality: Portugese
Background: Medical Student

After a time working as a volunteer in Samos, I see that all the help is needed and I feel that I can now offer and help more from my country, by publicizing the work developed by the organization and sharing my experiences with people who live physically and emotionally distanced from the sad and cruel reality and the environment of atrocities that thousands of innocent people face.