We are volunteers. Our amazing volunteers come from all ages, nationalities and backgrounds. People living in the camp also volunteer their time and skills.
We support some of the world’s most vulnerable people, offering safe spaces for women and men, recreational activities for children and adults, and emergency laundry services.
We empower, offering informal educational courses, particularly in languages and arts. Our community volunteers and community council ensure our work is led by the people it benefits.
We facilitate, working collaboratively with other NGOs as they bring their expertise to help the island’s refugee population.
We can’t do this alone. We rely on donations and new volunteers to keep going.
Samos Volunteers provides psychosocial support, combating boredom and instilling a sense of normality in the life of people living in the camp. We are determined to remain on Samos until refugees no longer need our support.
The drawn-out asylum process often forces individuals and families to settle in the dangerously overcrowded camp for months or even years. Identifying a new need, we changed our focus in the winter of 2016, moving away from the daily distribution of essential items to offering informal educational activities and psychosocial support.
Nowadays, we focus on empowering asylum seekers during their stay on the island with a wide range of projects. From the Alpha Centre and its daily classes, to our kids' activities in camp, to our emergency laundry station, we aim to bring humanity to their time on the island.
Whenever possible, we also help to facilitate others in bringing their expertise to address the crisis on Samos. In the last year, we helped the Mazi Youth Centre and the Berlin Refugee Law Clinic establish themselves here.
We are a non-political, non-religious organisation committed to treating all of our beneficiaries and volunteers equally regardless of race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, political or religious beliefs.
We stand for human dignity. We stand with refugees.