Bogdan Andrei,Project Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
Joined SV: March 2016
"I want to be on the right side of history."
Jasmine Doust,Volunteer Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
"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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com
Nationality: New Zealand
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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, email@example.com
Joined SV: September 2017
"'The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.' - Ernest Hemingway"
Dan Chapman, Alpha Centre Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
Background: Social Work
"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
Background: Lawyer, focused on dispute resolution
"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, email@example.com
Background: Political Science
"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
Background: Arabic, Middle Eastern Studies
"When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty."
Suzie Heinemann, Adult Education
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."