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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 New Zealand, Spain, the UK and Ireland. Meet some of our long-term volunteers below.

 
 
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Bogdan Andrei - Co-founder & Project Coordinator

Contact: bogdan@samosvolunteers.org

Nationality: Romanian

Background: International Relations

First 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 - Co-founder

Contact: giulia@samosvolunteers.org

Nationality: Italian

Background: Teaching

First joined SV: March 2016

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

Jasmine Doust - Co-founder

Contact: jasmine@samosvolunteers.org

Nationality: British

Background: Immigration and Human Rights Law

First 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 - Co-founder

Contact: alba@samosvolunteers.org

Nationality: Spanish-French

Background: Nurse

First 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

Contact: donie@samosvolunteers.org

Nationality: Irish

Background: Teaching English as a Foreign Language

First 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

Contact: natalia@samosvolunteers.org

Nationality: New Zealand

Background: Teaching English as a Foreign Language

First 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."

 
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Dan Chapman - Alpha Centre Coordinator   Contact: dan@samosvolunteers.org  Nationality: British  Background: Social Work  First joined SV: May 2017  “You can't change the world on your own, but you can change the world for someone."

Dan Chapman - Alpha Centre Coordinator

Contact: dan@samosvolunteers.org

Nationality: British

Background: Social Work

First joined SV: May 2017

“You can't change the world on your own, but you can change the world for someone."

Stephanie Sluiters - Volunteer Coordinator   Contact: recruitment@samosvolunteers.org  Nationality: Dutch  Background: Teaching and trauma sensitive work with refugee and migrant children  First joined SV: July 2019  "No-one is to small to make a difference. Everyone can so something. If every one did something then huge differences can happen."

Stephanie Sluiters - Volunteer Coordinator

Contact: recruitment@samosvolunteers.org

Nationality: Dutch

Background: Teaching and trauma sensitive work with refugee and migrant children

First joined SV: July 2019

"No-one is to small to make a difference. Everyone can so something. If every one did something then huge differences can happen."

Robert Cohen - Education Coordinator   Contact: education@samosvolunteers.org  Nationality: British  Background: Teacher of English as a Foreign Language and Guitar  First joined SV: November 2018  “We see injustice and suffering every day on Samos. But we see hope in the form of the volunteers from all over the world who never stop arriving, showing humanity and restoring dignity. ‘We’re going to be better than we are.’ James Baldwin”

Robert Cohen - Education Coordinator

Contact: education@samosvolunteers.org

Nationality: British

Background: Teacher of English as a Foreign Language and Guitar

First joined SV: November 2018

“We see injustice and suffering every day on Samos. But we see hope in the form of the volunteers from all over the world who never stop arriving, showing humanity and restoring dignity. ‘We’re going to be better than we are.’ James Baldwin”

Kira Bulik - Hygiene Coordinator   Nationality: German  Background: Political Science and Legal Studies  First joined SV: July 2018  "The world is silent as words are flying; when in these movies we are the real actor." - Patrick (one of our community volunteers)

Kira Bulik - Hygiene Coordinator

Nationality: German

Background: Political Science and Legal Studies

First joined SV: July 2018

"The world is silent as words are flying; when in these movies we are the real actor." - Patrick (one of our community volunteers)

Corien Tiemersma - NGO Liaison Officer   Contact: corien@samosvolunteers.org  Nationality: Dutch  Background: Social Work  First joined SV: September 2017  "The world is a village and we all need to take care of the village and each other. I am impressed every day by the humanity in these inhumane situations."

Corien Tiemersma - NGO Liaison Officer

Contact: corien@samosvolunteers.org

Nationality: Dutch

Background: Social Work

First joined SV: September 2017

"The world is a village and we all need to take care of the village and each other. I am impressed every day by the humanity in these inhumane situations."

Rebecca Holst Fredslund - Social Media and Communications Coordinator   Contact: media@samosvolunteers.org  Nationality: Danish  Background: Sociology and International Humanitarian Action  First joined SV: July 2019  "This work is simple. It's about attempting to inject some humanity to an inhumane situation."

Rebecca Holst Fredslund - Social Media and Communications Coordinator

Contact: media@samosvolunteers.org

Nationality: Danish

Background: Sociology and International Humanitarian Action

First joined SV: July 2019

"This work is simple. It's about attempting to inject some humanity to an inhumane situation."

 
Lavinia Frank - Kid’s Activities & Welfare Coordinator   Contact: laviniafrank7@gmail.com  Nationality: German  Background: Psychologist  First joined SV: February 2019  “Human rights are for everybody - there is no difference. Working here for me simply means showing that you care about the injustice and cruelty that is happening to people on Samos. It’s not just about compassion or humanity. It is about justice.”

Lavinia Frank - Kid’s Activities & Welfare Coordinator

Contact: laviniafrank7@gmail.com

Nationality: German

Background: Psychologist

First joined SV: February 2019

“Human rights are for everybody - there is no difference. Working here for me simply means showing that you care about the injustice and cruelty that is happening to people on Samos. It’s not just about compassion or humanity. It is about justice.”