Meet some of the Vrouvians
These are the special people who give their energy and time to make Vrouva what it is: not your usual animal shelter, but a loving and happy community of unique individuals united under one similar passion for animals.
Thanks a million to everyone who has made Vrouva Farm what it is today, and what it shall be tomorrow.
Aimee is a volunteer dog walker. Like any good dog walker, Aimee travels; she hasn't lived in the US since 1995 and now calls Aegina her home. She lives with Spike; they met and fell in love at Vrouva. Spike is a Pit Bull/Boxer mix.
An animal person to the heart, she is happiest when amongst the four-legged ones with who she communicates incredibly well. She is very organised and keeps us all on schedule. She knows what to do and how to get it done. She is an expert in taking care of sick animals and she has nursed many cats and kittens back to health.
Elena is a person of many talents and great knowledge. Caring for the horses, fostering difficult dogs, giving homeopathic support to humans and animals, offering dietary advice and delicious vegan food, helping with the website ... those are only some of the many things she does at the farm.
Her positive attitude, her kindness and care for all and her generosity, uplift us all and make Vrouva a better place.
All the way from the Azores he came to Vrouva. He was planning to come and help us for a few months, but liked the farm, Aegina (and somebody else!) so much he is still with us. He makes the work on the farm much lighter.
He is an artist and a handyman, fixing and constructing whatever is needed. He is also the best puppy and kitten daddy of Vrouva with a special talent in bottle feeding kittens. His babies adore him.
Marco is one of our most enthusiastic volunteers. He loves the puppies - and the cats, donkeys, horses... A great guy to have around!
Her nickname is the golden star of Vrouva! Everyone loves Marina, with her sweet ways, her kind heart and her unique leadership skills. She keeps an eye on everything and is set in transforming Vrouva from a messy, dusty refugee camp to a beautiful, loving home for its residents. Her artistic talent surfaces in everything she does and makes the energy better and brighter.
If you enjoy looking at our lovely photo gallery on the site, you have Panagiotis to thank for it. He takes most of our photos and does an amazing job. He has a positive attitude and is always ready to help. His delicious homemade breads are a steady treat for the hard working Vrouva volunteers. Aside from photography, his two big loves are dogs and plants.
Sandy has been volunteering at Vrouva almost since the beginning. She cares deeply about animals; she has eight dogs of her own and lots of cats. Sandy is a native of South Africa and has been living on Aegina for over 20 years. She also does wonderful walking tours of the island - see her page on Tours by Locals.
Thank goodness for Yorgos! His regular presence and help with the daily chores keeps the animals fed and clean and the farm running smoothly. He has such a special way with the animals( including the human ones!)-even the shyest trust him!
Alexia founded Vrouva Farm and is the driving force behind everything that Vrouva is. A consumate animal lover, Alexia cares deeply about the environment and social issues.
She's an inspiration to us all.
Everyone loves Deilis. From the smallest kitten to the grumpiest human we all feel our spirits rise when she shows up at the gate- usually with some sweet yummy to share. She is the animals' most favorite person in the world!
Elizabeth is a long supporter of animal rights in Greece and on Aegina. Her Canadian roots make her a practical person. Her advice and support since the foundation of Vrouva have helped us to help more animals.
Kostas is Vrouva's master builder and fixer of all disasters. Without Kostas, there would be no Vrouva. Besides fixing and building, Kostas also is a weekly volunteer, doing whatever needing to be done around the sanctuary.
Margarita is a loved and cherished member of the Vrouva family. She is a cat whisperer, and time and again has transformed our scared kitty rescues into affectionate, well-adjusted diamonds. We love having Margarita's magic at the farm!
Marios is a valuable member of our team and every week he impresses us with his work ethic and attention to detail. And the animals adore him!
Rakshita is one of the most efficient and productive volunteer here. She comes every summer and brings a spiritual vibe to the farm. Vrouva is happy to endorse her President of the World campaign!
Sotiris has supported Vrouva from the beginning. From shearing sheep to cleaning out pens, Sotiris is Vrouva's backbone. He's the embodiment of Vrouva's team spirit and utterly reliable - always there to help if there's an emergency.
Carolina is the kind of volunteer everyone needs - comes in, makes things happen, does what she says she's going to do and is happy to do anything. She's has a lovely Italian sense of life and great fun!
Efi & Ana
Efi and Ana are the original volunteers. They come to the farm a few times a year and it is always a joyous occasion for animals, friends and mama Alexia. Apart from the feeding, cleaning, dogwalking, cooking, cuddling and energy giving Ana adds art to the farm and gorgeous photos and Efi helps with text editing and IT support.
Jezo is the guy who gets stuff done. Building hen houses and stables, grooming the olive trees, Jezo helps make sure that Vrouva can operate. He's been working with animals most of his life. He's Kurdish and has been living in Greece for over 20 years.
Lori is our all around, get things done, no nonsense volunteer. Originally from Albania, Lori brings a welcome smile and a happy demeanor to Vrouva. She's wonderful to have around!
Mariana is one of the backbones of Vrouva; without her Vrouva would not be the same. Never having worked with dogs before, she has a way of coaxing even the most frightened dog out of its pen. She has a wonderful sense of humour and a air of serenity. She also happens to be a German-Greek translator!
Living in the Netherlands, Marlies has been coming to help at the farm a couple of times a year for many years now. But even when she is back in the Netherlands she is still with us, helping and supporting the animals and humans of Vrouva in a hundred ways. Also, she is our IT expert, has created our current website and runs our Instagram page. A true example of the non-locality of love!
Robin came as a volunteer and ended up family!
Alone or with Ana, he comes from Scotland and stays with us a few weeks at a time. He is an artist but also helps with everything. His calm, meditative presence adds peace to the farm. His IT support is invaluable and he is the best teacher because he is so smart and patient.
He always comes unexpectedly, stays long enough to infuse the farm and it’s residents with his unique, unstoppable energy and then departs with his four-legged companion, the lovely Tsapa, for their next adventure. His knowledge of Agronomy has made Vrouva a greener place.