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Project Samos Volunteering in Greece

Date: From Monday 01 June 2020 to Sunday 06 September 2020
Venue: Vathy, on the Greek island of Samos

GoGlobal Fund: £500
Apply by: 6 March 2020

You will have an opportunity to work alongside one or more Non-Government Organisations (NGO’s) who support refugee’s living in temporary accommodation on the island of Samos.  Vathy is a harbour town with a resident population of approximately 8,000; on the edge of the town is a refugee camp currently hosting up to 7,000 refugees, including at least 1,000 children. 

You will work alongside the following NGOs:

Refuge 4 Refugees – working alongside other volunteers you will have a daily rota which includes:

  • organising donations/resources at a local warehouse, 
  • meeting new arrival refugees at a local outlet in the town and providing emergency provisions of clothing & tents, 
  • organising and facilitating play activities for children & young people near the refugee site.

Baobab Family Centre – working alongside other volunteers / staff to offer families a safe environment where they can access language classes and engage in creative activities.  You will have an opportunity to design and deliver workshops for the benefit of families who attend (with children under the age of 12 years) – these could include creative play, interactive games, etc.

Action for Education :- Banana House / The Nest / Armonia – working alongside volunteers, staff and ‘community volunteers’ who live on the refugee site you could have the opportunity of supporting a variety of activities:

  • Banana House – education focused sessions including music lessons / creative arts for young people aged 18-24 years
  • The Nest – a short term crèche provision caring for children aged 2-7 years
  • Armonia  - a community kitchen providing daily meals for refugees in neighbouring NGO’s

Alpha Centre  - working alongside volunteers, staff and community volunteers to provide education classes and welfare services to adults aged over 24 years.

The working day often starts at 8:30am and can end at 7pm, however to comply with Greek Law you will usually have a break between 2-4:30pm giving time for refreshments, socialisation with other volunteers or a little sunbathing around the harbour. NGO’s often run activities on a weekend but all volunteers will have some time off from the project/s during the week giving you a chance to explore the island.

You will be living in a shared house with other volunteers – properties are managed by the NGO’s and you will pay your rent directly to your NGO link on arrival.  The cost of accommodation is usually 10-20 Euros per night.  Accommodation is very basic, but you will find the benefit of being around other volunteers including evening communal cooking in most volunteer houses. 

The island of Samos has history related to Greek God’s and Pythagoras.  You will have time during your stay to explore the islands history and its beeches – to do this you will need to hire a car and often volunteers group together to do this as a shared activity.

The project is open for up to 25 students.

Who is eligible to apply?

Students can apply from the following courses:

  • Working with Children, Young People & Families
  • Social Work
  • Learning Disability & Social Work
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Sport & Physical Activity

Additional selection criteria:

You will be asked to demonstrate that you have successfully undertaken some form of assessed placement as part of your SHU studies prior to applying to take part in this project.  You will also need the support of your Academic Adviser. 

You will be asked to complete a 250 word expression of interest, demonstrating your reasons for wanting to take part in the project and the key skills you could bring to the experience.

If applications exceed the number of places available you may be asked to engage in a short interview process to aid selection.  Once selected you will need to complete a Go-Global application to access funding attached to this project.

Once selected you will be required to engage in a staff led briefing session to comply with Health & Safety regulations during their visit to Samos.


Students will be allocated a two or three week slot between 1 June and 6 September 2020

Travel and accommodation

You will have the opportunity to stay in accommodation organised by the NGO in Samos – this is usually a shared bedroom within a group house.  This can be agreed in advance of your trip starting with the NGO however you will be responsible for making a cash payment for accommodation on arrival.  On this basis your accommodation could cost as little as 140 Euros for a 2 week stay.  This does not include the cost of food/drinks.

Other options exist for accommodation in the area – including hotels and Air BnB houses.  If this is your preferred option you will need to organise this yourself.

There are a range of options available for travelling to/from Samos.  Direct flights can be more costly (@£350 return) so you may prefer to consider breaking up the journey either through connecting flights or by including an overnight ferry from Athens to Samos as part of your journey (@£290).  We are liaising with Key Travel (via SHU) to agree costings and will support you in making travel arrangements.

Visa & vaccinations

UK and EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country. It is your responsibility to have an up to date passport. 

Non-EU nationals may require a visa to travel to Greece and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Please contact the International Experience Team if you require advice.

Estimated total cost of trip per student

Estimated total cost - £700
GoGlobal Fund - £500
Student contribution - £200

Breakdown of estimated costs:
Travel – up to £350
Accommodation (shared room/14 nights) – 140 euro
Subsistence (14 nights) - £210 
Cultural activities - £20

Once your individual application has been approved by the GoGlobal Fund panel, you will be required to pay the non-refundable contribution of £100 by the following deadline:

  • 20 March 2020

Please note, cultural activities, transport for sightseeing, food and drink will need to be covered by each student.

Application deadline

Please apply for both the project and GoGlobal funding here by the following deadline:

  • 6 March 2020

There is GoGlobal funding available for up to 25 students. Please read the GoGlobal Fund Guidance carefully and note that you are only permitted on GoGlobal grant per academic year.

If you'd like to take part in the project and do not require the GoGlobal Funding, please email the project organiser directly.

For more information about this trip please contact Paula Green (Senior Lecturer in Social Work) 

For questions regarding your GoGlobal application, please contact Student Funding

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