Service Learning Program

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Service Learning is a new initiative of the Greek America Foundation aiming to engage young (college-aged) North American students with volunteer programs in Greece.

Our program fulfills a dual purpose. Students are immersed into contemporary Greek life, while simultaneously volunteer for important humanitarian relief programs and helping to make a lasting impact.

Summer 2017 Service Learning Program With Refugee Children in Greece

Spend 3 weeks in Athens volunteering with lone refugee children with the Greek America Foundation’s Service Learning Program, in association with the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago.

Travel to the heart of Greek civilization and experience the ancient past while also confronting the global social challenges of the 21st century.

We are looking for North American college students willing to spend 4-6 hours a day with refugee children living in the Home Project’s group homes.

The HOME Project is a non-profit organization that addresses the needs of refugee and migrant children who have arrived in Greece alone.

Through its programs it looks to provide relief from suffering to all those affected by the crisis and to give hope out of despair.

Volunteers will participate in recreational activities such as sports and social gatherings, help children acquire necessary skills through educational tutoring, and pursue creative outlets such as music and the visual arts.

Additionally, volunteers may participate in some administrative work at the Home Project’s offices.

The program will run July 1- 24th and includes:

-Airfare to and from Athens

-Lodging in Athens

-An orientation, training, and mentor support

-One weekend excursion to archaeological sites and the seaside

-An on-site staff member of the Greek America Foundation

-Travel insurance

*Participants will be responsible for their own meals and incidentals while in Greece.

*Knowledge of a foreign language is not required as English will be the primary language of the program.

We are looking for volunteers who have experience in the following areas: sports and youth recreation, music and visual arts, the social sciences, and IT skills.

However, experience in these areas is desired, but not required. Most importantly, we seek individuals who are ready to open their hearts and immerse themselves in contemporary Athenian life.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume by June 5th by clicking here.

Phone and Skype interviews will be conducted the week of June 5 and applicants will be notified by June 12 if they have been selected.

The Greek America Foundation is a non-profit corporation in the state of New York whose mission is to “preserve, perpetuate, and promote Greek culture and ideals.”

We accomplish this mission through three strategic programming areas: social and cultural events academic programs, and charitable aid to Greece.

Our Chicago roots have allowed for a long and fruitful collaboration with the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Chicago on programs advancing our shared missions, values and ideals.

Our 2017 Program Partner: The Home Project

A message from Gregory C. Pappas

The HOME Project is a unifying initiative set up to address the needs of refugees and child migrants in particular who have arrived in Greece alone. Through its programs it looks to provide relief from suffering to all those affected by the crisis and to give hope out of despair.

At the heart of this disaster is the little told story of the children, refugees who have been ripped from their homelands through violence and war, and who seek the basic security which most of us take for granted. Over half of the displaced population are children.

Many of them are unaccompanied, alone, forced to fend for themselves and at risk of danger. This number continues to increase and with border closures they are now stranded in Greece. Thousands of children are without parents, family or any kind of guardian and urgently need support.

These children are scattered around the refugee camps, police stations and detention centers. The living conditions are horrific and inhumane. Through no fault of their own, these children are the innocent victims of this crisis. They flee from violence only to find it again at a European border. They are the silent heart of this disaster.

The HOME Project exists to bring these people to safe haven. Through a network of shelters in central Athens, it provides security, dignity and decent living conditions for the most vulnerable. It serves to recognize our common humanity and to do something for those who need it most. At the HOME Project, we Help, Overcome, Motivate, Empower. Together we hope to build a better future.

Read more about The Home Project.

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