In our last blog post we shared some exciting news: Planday will be sending two volunteers to The Lesvos FutbolNet Festival for Refugees. Our two volunteers will be sharing photos of their experiences while they’re at the festival, so we wanted to give you a quick introduction to each volunteer. We sat down with Jen Montague and Sandra Thomas to ask them some questions about their backgrounds and what they hope to accomplish at the festival.

Meet Jen Montague

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I’m originally from New York and went to university in Boston, Massachusetts. During that time, I studied abroad in England for what was meant to be 6 months but ended up being 16 years. I eventually was offered a position in the international transfers department at FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland, where I lived for four years, eventually relocating to Copenhagen in November 2015.

How long have you worked at Planday, what do you do?

I joined Planday in January 2016 in the Marketing Department. I am the Marketing Campaigns Manager, where I work mostly with digital marketing to make sure our campaigns are aligned with our organic, social, and offline activities.

How did you get involved in the Lesvos FutbolNet Festival?

I used to do a lot of coaching in sport and played football for the FIFA Women’s Team while working there. When my previous colleague became involved in the event, he contacted me to see if I would be interested in getting involved, which of course I was.

What activities will you be involved in during the festival?

I will be doing a lot of coaching, especially with the women and girls, as well as helping out with some of the other non-football activities that are planned for the children. Basically, anything that is needed of me!

What do you hope to bring to the festival?

I hope to bring some experience in working with children and coaching sports – particularly coaching girls and helping them find confidence and strength through their participation in sport. Mostly, to let these kids have some fun for a few weeks after everything that they have been through.

Meet Sandra Thomas

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I am originally from Värnamo, Sweden. By pure coincidence, and some luck, I ended up at Cambridge University in my early 20s- where I found a passion for social anthropology. This interest lead me to the field of cross-cultural communication and took me to Copenhagen for a Masters degree.

How long have you worked at Planday, what do you do?

I joined Planday in January 2016 as a customer service specialist. I focus on customer relations, primarily with the Swedish market, so when you call Planday, you will most likely get to talk to me.

How did you get involved in the Lesvos FutbolNet Festival?

Jen asked if I was interested in this project. I have a passion for migration, and during my time in England, I researched communication across linguistic boundaries in migrant communities in Malmö, Sweden. I saw this as an opportunity to pick up where I left off, and hopefully use some of my experiences to give a helping hand.

What activities will you be involved in during the festival?

In Greece, I will be leading workshops that help people come together in creative activities that are related to the main football event. One project that I am particularly passionate about is a photo workshop, where we hope to capture some of the skills that the kids learned during the camp on film.

What do you hope to bring to the festival?

I hope to be part of bringing people together for some fun during these two weeks. My aim is to be able to involve people from different backgrounds, genders and ages and make them collaborate in different ways. I really hope these activities will contribute to a positive experience for people who have gone through a lot of hardship.

Kyra Kuik
Kyra Kuik Head of Content
Kyra is Planday's Head of Content. When she's not busy spinning up blog posts or editing, you can find her with a big cup of coffee, running, or admiring the charming pups of Copenhagen.