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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 New Zealand, Spain, the UK and Ireland. Meet some of our long-term volunteers below.

 
 
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Bogdan Andrei,
bogdan@samosvolunteers.org

Nationality: Romanian

Background: International Relations

First 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

Nationality: Italian

Background: Teaching

First joined SV: March 2016

"I want to be on the right side of history."

Jasmine Doust,
jasmine@samosvolunteers.org

Nationality: British

Background: Immigration and Human Rights Law

First 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

Nationality: Spanish-French

Background: Nurse

First 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

Nationality: Irish

Background: Teaching English as a Foreign Language

First 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

Nationality: New Zealand

Background: Teaching English as a Foreign Language

First 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."

 
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Emma Milburn,  Volunteer Coordinator  recruitment@samosvolunteers.org  Nationality: British  Background: Psychology  First 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

Nationality: British

Background: Psychology

First 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)

Robert Cohen,  Education Coordinator   education@samosvolunteers.org  Nationality: British  Background: Teacher of English as a Foreign Language and Guitar  First joined SV: November 2018   “We see injustice and suffering every day on Samos. But we see hope in the form of the volunteers from all over the world who never stop arriving, showing humanity and restoring dignity. ‘We’re going to be better than we are.’ James Baldwin”

Robert Cohen, Education Coordinator
education@samosvolunteers.org

Nationality: British

Background: Teacher of English as a Foreign Language and Guitar

First joined SV: November 2018

“We see injustice and suffering every day on Samos. But we see hope in the form of the volunteers from all over the world who never stop arriving, showing humanity and restoring dignity. ‘We’re going to be better than we are.’ James Baldwin”

Agustina Oliveri,  Social Media and Communications Coordinator  media@samosvolunteers.org  Nationality: Argentinian  Background: International Relations  First 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 Coordinator
media@samosvolunteers.org

Nationality: Argentinian

Background: International Relations

First 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”

Nick van der Steenhoven,  Legal Counsellor   Nationality: Dutch  Background: International Law and International Relations  First joined SV: August 2018

Nick van der Steenhoven, Legal Counsellor

Nationality: Dutch

Background: International Law and International Relations

First joined SV: August 2018

Caralyn Perlee,  Kids’ Activities Supervisor   Nationality: American  Background: Child Life Specialist  First joined SV: September 2017   “A child only gets one childhood”.

Caralyn Perlee, Kids’ Activities Supervisor

Nationality: American

Background: Child Life Specialist

First joined SV: September 2017

“A child only gets one childhood”.

Jessica Nichols,  Warehouse Supervisor  logistics@samosvolunteers.org  Nationality: British  Background: English Literature  First 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 Supervisor
logistics@samosvolunteers.org

Nationality: British

Background: English Literature

First 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

 
Kira Bulik,  Hygiene Coordinator   Nationality: German  Background: Political Science and Legal Studies  First joined SV: July 2018   "The world is silent as words are flying; when in these movies we are the real actor." - Patrick (one of our community volunteers)

Kira Bulik, Hygiene Coordinator

Nationality: German

Background: Political Science and Legal Studies

First joined SV: July 2018

"The world is silent as words are flying; when in these movies we are the real actor." - Patrick (one of our community volunteers)