Meet the Team

Our dedicated team on Samos is made up of around 50 people, from all over the world and from the refugee community on the island. The group is managed by volunteers on the ground in Greece, and behind the scenes in the New Zealand, Spain, the UK and Ireland. Meet some of our long-term volunteers below.

The Board

Bogdan Andrei,
bogdan@samosvolunteers.org

Age: 33

Nationality: Romanian

Background: International Relations

Joined SV: February 2016

"'Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.' - Margaret Mead."

Giulia Cicoli,
giulia@samosvolunteers.org

Age: 32

Nationality: Italian

Background: Teaching

Joined SV: March 2016

"I want to be on the right side of history."

Jasmine Doust,
jasmine@samosvolunteers.org

Age: 25

Nationality: British

Background: Law and Human Rights

Joined SV: June 2016

"Amid the chaos is a group of individuals fighting to preserve the dignity, sanity and welfare of those who have faced so much ill-treatment and adversity. I have witnessed such resilience in both refugees and volunteers alike; all with the common goal of bettering the situations of those who are in crisis."

Alba Chenard,
alba@samosvolunteers.org

Age: 29

Nationality: Spanish-French

Background: Nurse

Joined SV: March 2016

"I was very concerned seeing the refugee situation worsen without any reaction from the governments and decided to join SV and realised how little contributions can make a big difference."

Donal Brady,
donie@samosvolunteers.org

Age: 26

Nationality: Irish

Background: Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Joined SV: December 2016

"Harrowed by various online articles I had read in October 2014, I decided to embark on a three week volunteering trip to see for myself what life inside a European refugee camp was really like.
I extended my trip to nine months. It seemed that I went to Samos to see the conditions but stayed for the people; both those I worked towards helping and alongside."

Natalia Karacaoglu,
natalia@samosvolunteers.org

Age: 31

Nationality: New Zealand

Background: Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Joined SV: October 2016

"I watched the refugee crisis develop and worsen for four years while I lived in Turkey. When I left Istanbul in late 2016 due to the worsening political situation, I decided it was time to take direct action. My grandparents were refugees after WW2 and I am committed to doing everything I can to avoid the same mistakes and suffering happening again."

 

Field Coordinators

Emma Milburn,  Volunteer Coordinator  recruitment@samosvolunteers.org  Age: 23  Nationality: British  Background: Psychology  Joined SV: September 2018   “The problems of the world are a collective responsibility. Today it’s me, tomorrow it could be you” - Yussif (one of our community volunteers)

Emma Milburn, Volunteer Coordinator
recruitment@samosvolunteers.org

Age: 23

Nationality: British

Background: Psychology

Joined SV: September 2018

“The problems of the world are a collective responsibility. Today it’s me, tomorrow it could be you” - Yussif (one of our community volunteers)

Freya Hodges,  Women’s Activities Coordinator   Age: 22  Nationality: British  Background: History  Joined SV: August 2018   “With the crisis worsening each day, working with an inspiring and compassionate team has shown me how everyday small relief can have such a positive impact in the face of hopelessness, neglect, and discrimination.”

Freya Hodges, Women’s Activities Coordinator

Age: 22

Nationality: British

Background: History

Joined SV: August 2018

“With the crisis worsening each day, working with an inspiring and compassionate team has shown me how everyday small relief can have such a positive impact in the face of hopelessness, neglect, and discrimination.”

Agustina Oliveri,  Social Media and Communications Coordinator   Age: 24  Nationality: Argentina  Background: International Relations  Joined SV: October 2018   “‘Once or twice in every generation a line is crossed so egregiously that where you stood on the issue will forever define you" - Kara Vallow”

Agustina Oliveri, Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Age: 24

Nationality: Argentina

Background: International Relations

Joined SV: October 2018

“‘Once or twice in every generation a line is crossed so egregiously that where you stood on the issue will forever define you" - Kara Vallow”

Ciara Coakley,  Alpha Centre Manager   Age: 23  Nationality: Irish  Background: Public Health  Joined SV: September 2018   “It is the obligation of every person born in a safer room to open the door when someone in danger knocks”. - Dina Nayeri

Ciara Coakley, Alpha Centre Manager

Age: 23

Nationality: Irish

Background: Public Health

Joined SV: September 2018

“It is the obligation of every person born in a safer room to open the door when someone in danger knocks”. - Dina Nayeri

Nick van der Steenhoven,  Laundry Station Manager   Age: 27  Nationality: Dutch  Background: International Law and International Relations  Joined SV: August 2018

Nick van der Steenhoven, Laundry Station Manager

Age: 27

Nationality: Dutch

Background: International Law and International Relations

Joined SV: August 2018

Jessica Nichols,  Warehouse Manager  logistics@samosvolunteers.org  Age: 21  Nationality: British  Background: English Literature  Joined SV: September 2018   “Refugees are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, with the same hopes and ambitions as us—except that a twist of fate has bound their lives to a global refugee crisis on an unprecedented scale.” — Khaled Hosseini

Jessica Nichols, Warehouse Manager
logistics@samosvolunteers.org

Age: 21

Nationality: British

Background: English Literature

Joined SV: September 2018

“Refugees are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children, with the same hopes and ambitions as us—except that a twist of fate has bound their lives to a global refugee crisis on an unprecedented scale.” — Khaled Hosseini