Meet the Team

Our dedicated team is running Samos Volunteers from on the ground in Greece, and 'behind the scenes' from the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, the UK and the USA. Meet them below.

Bogdan Andrei,
Project Coordinator, 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,
Education Coordinator, giulia@samosvolunteers.org

Age: 31

Nationality: Italian

Background: Teaching

Joined SV: March 2016

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

Jasmine Doust,
Volunteer Coordinator, jasmine@samosvolunteers.org

Age: 24

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,
Project Support, 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,
Project Support, donie@samosvolunteers.org

Age: 25

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,
Project Support, 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."

Graham McMillan,
Warehouse Manager

Age: 23

Nationality: American

Background: International Relations

Joined SV: June 2017

"I came to understand better a crisis I had studied at school. Once I got here, I saw how human all the statistics really were, and the positive impact I could make just by learning a new name each day."

Anouk Theunissen,
Fundraising & Marketing, Volunteer Accommodation, anouk@samosvolunteers.org

Age: 25

Nationality: Dutch

Background: Social and Cultural Anthropology

Joined SV: March 2017

"The Dalai Llama was right when he said, 'if you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito'".

Brodie Cameron,
Media & Communications

Age: 21

Nationality: British

Background: Engineering Student

Joined SV: July 2017

"I worked with Re-act in Scotland, a charity that sent donations to Samos. Then through that I began working with families (mostly kids) that had come to Edinburgh, and wanted to come over and see what was happening on Samos."

 Nicolò Govoni,   Child Education,  nicolo@samosvolunteers.org  Age: 25  Nationality: Italian  Background: Journalism  Joined SV: September 2017  "' The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.'   - Ernest Hemingway"

Nicolò Govoni,
Child Education, nicolo@samosvolunteers.org

Age: 25

Nationality: Italian

Background: Journalism

Joined SV: September 2017

"'The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.' - Ernest Hemingway"

Dan Chapman,
Alpha Centre Manager, dan@samosvolunteers.org

Age: 20

Nationality: British

Background: Social Work

Joined SV: March 2017

"I came to Samos because I wanted to show the refugees arriving in Europe that some people do care even if the authorities don't."

Joel Pearce,
Legal & Marketing

Age: 33

Nationality: New Zealand

Background: Lawyer, focused on dispute resolution

Joined SV: October 2016

"I came to Samos from Istanbul when the crisis became impossible to ignore any more. I am happy to get the opportunity to make a small difference and help improve conditions for people, at an individual level, as well as work alongside such a dedicated and passionate team."

Sabine Klasen,
Media & Communications, fundraising@samosvolunteers.org

Age: 29

Nationality: German

Background: Political Science

Joined SV: June 2017

"I wanted to understand what is really happening on the ground, on the shores of our praised European Union, and to directly support people during their difficult journey into a new life in Europe."

Eliza Cornwell,
Women's Activity Coordinator

Age: 23

Nationality: Scotish

Background: Arabic, Middle Eastern Studies

Joined SV: June 2016

"When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty."

Suzie Heinemann,
Adult Education

Nationality: British

Background: English Language Teacher

Joined SV: May 2016

"When I am in class at Alpha, I often think of Eric Liddell (Chariots of Fire), the Scottish Olympic athlete. He said he feels God's pleasure when he runs. I feel God's pleasure when I teach the refugees. I believe this is what God has called me to do."