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When you arrive on Samos

Samos Airport is approximately 15 kilometres from Vathy and a taxi from the airport into town will cost around €30 (there is a small taxi rank outside the airport). Alternatively, you can come by bus (€1.80). 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.

Unfortunately, we cannot arrange to personally meet and pick-up volunteers when they arrive.


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Accommodation in Vathy

Volunteer Housing Scheme: 

We have 3 houses in town that we share as 'volunteer houses'. A slot in one of our houses depends on availability.Please be aware:

  • It is a dormitory set-up

  • The houses are privately rented by volunteers, and not by Samos Volunteers as an organisation

  • Volunteers must pay for their own accommodation

For more information, email admin@samosvolunteers.org and we will direct you to the person in charge of organising the houses.

Alternative Accommodation Suggestions... 

If there is no space available in a volunteer house, you will need to find private accommodation. If you cannot find a suitable place online, we suggest reserving the first couple of nights in a hotel, searching further 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.

Hotels

The price of hotels in Vathy is around €25 per night. We suggest you look at the following links and contact hotels to secure reservations in advance, especially during summer:

Paradise Hotel: www.samos-paradise.gr

Hotel Artemis: www.hotelsline.gr/root/newhotel/dialogi_eg.asp?pid=2881

Hotel Emily: www.booking.com/hotel/gr/emily.en-gb.html

Pension Neapolis apartments: www.booking.com/hotel/gr/pension-neapolis.en.html

Hotel Kriton: www.booking.com/hotel/gr/kriton.nl.html

Pension Dreams: send an e-mail to dreamssamos@yahoo.com (and mention you are going to volunteer with us)

Airbnb: www.airbnb.com


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Renting a car

Most of our working locations are within walking distance from Vathy town centre. However, we often need to make trips to and from the camp, which is a little out of town. Volunteers can 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 €25 per day (fully insured). Renting a scooter is much cheaper (around €11 per day).

Auto Union: www.autounion.gr/car-rental-guide/car_hire_samos.html

Hertz: www.hertz.gr/en/Samos

Europcar: www.europcar.com/location/greece/samos

Aramis: samos-rentacar.com

Pegasus: www.samos-car-rental.com/en/


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.

Car Hire Excess Insurance: Protects you against car hire excess charges. Daily and annual policies available to residents worldwide: icarhireinsurance.com


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What to bring with you

It is very important that we are mindful about what we choose to wear while working on the island, 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

  • Water bottle

  • Sturdy, water-resistant shoes

  • Unlocked phone (so you can use a Greek SIM card)

  • Sun hat

  • Laptop

  • Phone charger and backup battery

  • Beach-wear…. we do take days off sometimes!


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Raising funds to volunteer on Samos

Volunteers usually fundraise to support their stay and personal expenses on 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.


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Raising funds for refugees

If you also wish to raise funds to support our activities, you can use Samos Volunteers’ fundraising page, which includes a helpful fundraising pack to help you get started!


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And finally...

Upon arrival, we advise you to save the following numbers in your phone:

Emergency: 112/166

Police: 100

Fire: 199

Hospital: 83100

Port Authority: 27138

Forest Service: 27435

Road Assistance: 154 / 104