INFORMATIVE HUMANITARIAN TRIPS
UNDERSTANDING AND SERVING THE REFUGEE CRISIS IN GREECE
Greece has been praised for it's open armed acceptance of the millions of migrants who began arriving on its shores en masse since 2015. Some volunteers on the island Lesvos were even nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for their active involvement in caring for incoming refugees. This humane approach is thought to have its roots in the Greek concept of Xenia, or hospitality, with neighborly customs dating back to ancient Greece. It is also one of the distinguishing hallmarks of the influence of the ancient in modern Greek philosophy and society.
In this 10 day session, students are given a fundamental understanding of Greek and Mediterranean culture through lectures, discussions and classical site visits such as the Acropolis, the Temple of Zeus, the Ancient Agora and Filopappou Hill. This is joined with a investigative survey of modern issues faced by Greece through guest lectures, NGO site visits and volunteering with a number of organizations. Students will learn the political background to the refugee crisis and see first hand how NGOs and other organizations have formed to meet the needs of incoming refugees and migrants, who are often penniless, undocumented and in desperate need.
Emerge from this semester with a broader understanding of international relations, economic considerations between borders, and an intimate look at the refugee experience and local responses.
This trip will provide a minimum of 36 service learning hours, with additional discussions, guest lectures and excursions to make a packed and enjoyable time.
FOR GROUPS OR INDIVIDUALS
This trip is traditionally offered for undergraduate and gap year students. If you would like to arrange for this session to be offered for an office group, team, or other adult group, just contact us for details.
Hotel Accommodation for the program dates, including daily Mediterranean-style Breakfast Buffet, and all Modern Amenities
Airport pickup and Transit between all sites included in the program.
Site fees and English speaking knowledgeable guides for classical and contemporary excursions including the Acropolis and Ancient Agora, the Acropolis Museum, the Temple of Zeus, the Archaeological Museum of Athens.
Guides through other relevant areas such as the Plaka district, Syntagma Square and Ermou Shopping Street, Omonia Square, Metaxourgio District, Exarchia Square and Victoria Square.
Discussions Fees and Donations for Local Partner NGOs
24 hour on-site Staff Support
Introductory Packet and Orientation
Traditional Greek Welcome and Farewell Dinner a
10 days including shared accommodation, lectured excursions to classic sites, site fees, support, airport transit and transit to program excursions, donation to refugee cause: