Based on the success of the 2017 Service Learning program for college students, the Greek America Foundation is launching a Family Service Learning program for high school or college-aged students and their parents in 2018 in Lesvos, Greece. The program is organized with our local partners Iliaktida, a social welfare organization that provides accommodation, protection, and […]
Service Learning Program
What is Service Learning?
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 they simultaneously volunteer their time for important humanitarian causes and help to make a lasting impact.
Summer 2017 With Refugee Children in Greece
The inaugural Service Learning program took place in July 2017 in Athens, Greece, where we sent ten North American students to spend several weeks volunteering at shelters of The HOME Project, an organization founded to protect and care for unaccompanied refugee minors — children who have arrived in Greece from various conflict zones throughout the world and who are completely alone without families.
The students we selected were carefully screened and then interviewed, given the sensitivity of the project.
Over the course of the program, the volunteers participated in various projects related to both the physical needs of the shelters, as well as the emotional well-being of the refugee children inside them.
Why Service Learning?
"I’m really grateful for this experience and I think that it’s helped guide me closer to what I might want to do going forward in my life."
"I think I learned from each individual that was here with us… just each person I’ve encountered here in Greece I’ve learned something from them — whether it’s about patience, just smiling at random strangers, kindness, just how to love people better in general."
"To see these kids go through these hardships and to see them with their head up and positive is a really nice positive reinforcement, and I’m just so happy to be involved with this program and I’m going to come back and try to help again."
"I don’t think ‘grateful’ can put into words how much of an honor it is to have done this."
"I feel like I was able to make a very concrete contribution to The HOME Project in the time I was here, and it’s something I’ll remember for a long time."
"The thing that I’ve taken away from this experience the most is that these kids are so capable — more capable than I would ever be at that age. That’s something incredible and something that should be rewarded and honored and looked at..."
"I learned a lot from these kids. I learned that you can have nothing and still be very happy. I learned that not all is bad in this life, even coming from war-torn countries and countries with civil war you can still be happy and live a fulfilling life."
"Overall, I would have to say it’s been a very enlightening experience. That seems to be the word that encapsulates it all because these kids have seen the worst in humanity, but they’re also perhaps the greatest example of the goodness of humanity because just the simplest things in life can make them so happy..."
"I have never seen such an example of love in a time of sadness than when I was at the public market in Zoegrafou with my newest friend Homy, or Evgenia, or Michalis. I cannot forget what the farmers of the Zoegrafou area [in Athens] have done, not only for The HOME Project’s children, but for all of us."
"I feel like these kids are my equals and they’re frankly my friends, so I will never forget this experience.”
More news about our Service Learning and other academic programs
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