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 Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, Spain, the UK and the USA. 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)

 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

 
 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   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

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”

 
 

Remote Support

Anouk Theunissen,
Fundraising
anouk@samosvolunteers.org

Age: 26

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'".

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."

Graham McMillan,
Fundraising

Age: 24

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."

Joel Pearce,
Legal and Fundraising

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."