When you arrive in Samos.
Samos airport is approximately 15km from Vathy and a taxi from the airport into town will cost around 25 EUR. There is a small taxi rank outside the airport. Alternatively, you can come by bus (1.80 EUR). The bus stop is very close to the airport arrivals hall.
The ferry terminal is on the outskirts of Vathy and a taxi from the port will cost around 5 EUR.
Unfortunately, we cannot arrange to personally meet and pick-up volunteers when they arrive.
Accommodation in Vathy.
Volunteer Housing Scheme:
We have 3 houses in town that we share as 'volunteer houses'. Depending on when you come there may be availability in these shared houses. Please be aware:
- It is a dormitory set-up.
- The houses are privately rented by volunteers, and not by Samos Volunteers organisation.
For more information, email email@example.com and we will direct you to the person in charge of organising these houses.
Alternative Accommodation Suggestions...
We often advise that if you cannot find what you want online, to reserve the first couple of nights in a hotel, and search more when you arrive. There are many private apartments and studios which are not advertised online, and can easily be found when you are here on the island.
The price of hotels in Vathy are around 25 euros per night. We suggest you look at the following links and contact hotels to secure reservations in advance, especially during summer:
Paradise Hotel: http://www.samos-paradise.gr
Hotel Artemis: http://www.hotelsline.gr/root/newhotel/dialogi_eg.asp?pid=2881
Hotel Emily: http://www.booking.com/hotel/gr/emily.en-gb.html
Pension Neapolis apartments: http://www.booking.com/hotel/gr/pension-neapolis.en.html
Hotel Kriton: https://www.booking.com/hotel/gr/kriton.nl.html
Pension Dreams: send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (mention you will volunteer with us)
Renting a car.
Most of our working locations are within walking distance from Vathy town centre. However, we often need to make trips to the warehouse and camp which are a little out of town. Volunteers who can, often choose to rent a car or scooter as this makes these trips much easier.
If you rent a car from the airport, there is a choice of Hertz, Europcar, Aramis and AutoUnion. The price per day varies depending on how long you are staying. Generally, it is around 25EUR per day (fully insured). Renting a scooter is much cheaper, (around 11EUR per day), but this is not convenient for transporting stock and resources.
Auto Union: https://www.autounion.gr/car-rental-guide/car_hire_samos.html
When you arrive in Vathy, you can also try Samos Auto Center Car Rental. They do not have a website, but they are located next to the Silk Oil Petrol Station (a little further down the road from Paradise Hotel).
Car Hire Excess Insurance:
Protects you against car hire excess charges. Daily and annual policies available to residents worldwide: icarhireinsurance.com
What to bring with you.
It is very important that we are mindful about what we choose to wear in the refugee camp, due to cultural diversity. As a general rule, we recommend that shoulders and knees are covered at all times.
Personal items to consider bringing:
- Mosquito repellent
- Sun protection
- Small bag to carry your things in and to keep your ID and phone on you at all times (bum bag/fanny pack)
- Water bottle
- Sturdy, water-resistant shoes
- Unlocked phone (so you can use a Greek SIM card)
- Sun hat
- Phone charger and backup battery
- Beach-wear…. we do take days off sometimes !
Raising funds to volunteer in Samos.
Volunteers usually fundraise to support their stay and personal expenses in Samos. You can do so through crowdfunding sites such as GoFundMe, CrowdRise, YouCaring or Generosity. Please note all these sites charge an administration fee. Donations can also be received through a PayPal account, for which no fee is charged.
Raising funds for refugees.
If you also wish to raise funds to support our activities which benefit the refugees, you can use Samos Volunteers fundraising page, which includes a helpful fundraising pack to help you get started! Cash donations are always useful as well, as this contributes to the island's local economy.
Upon arrival, we advise you to save the following numbers in your phone:
Port Authority: 27138
Forest Service: 27435
Road Assistance: 154 / 104