Where is it?
About the project
Samos Volunteers is one of a handful of NGOs present on the island offering informal educational activities and psychosocial support. Their aim is to combat boredom, reduce isolation, and instil some sense of normality to the lives of those living in the camp.
Down the road from the camp, the Alpha Centre is the home of the project’s language classes and recreational activities for adults. It’s a safe, dry, clean place for people to get away from the awful conditions up on the hill. Twice a day, they go up the road to play and sing songs with children, giving them a chance to be children again. Around the corner from the Alpha Centre, the laundry station is the only place people in the camp can get their clothes cleaned and dried.
What will I be doing?
Supporting refugees based in Samos by helping with the running of the community/learning centre (Alpha), laundry station and kids activities. Daily tasks include teaching classes (language and recreational), reception shifts at Alpha Centre, working in our women and children’s area, singing songs and doing activities with the kids next to the camp, helping to sort clothes in the warehouse and working in the laundry station.
What impact would I have?
Supporting refugees through their psychosocial and sanitationary needs. With around 4000 refugees living in the camp on Samos with limited access to education and things to do with their time, Alpha aims to create a safe space for all while also providing education. The laundry service is the only one on the island and is vital to improving sanitation in the camp. All activities are run solely by volunteers and aim to improve the lives of those stuck on Samos.
Who would I be working with?
You would be working alongside a group of international volunteers as well as volunteers from the refugee community. You would be working with men, woman and children from the refugee community on a daily basis.
There are three shared volunteer houses based in the town. This costs 150 euros a month for the first three months and then it is rent free. Placement in the volunteer accommodation is subject to availability. If you would prefer to live independently or there is no space available then alternative accommodation in town can be recommended.
4 weeks (extended to 6 in the summer)
You are expected to cover all of your own living expenses (food, transport and housing) and transport to the island.