Experience the real Greece during an exciting adventure for four and a half weeks. Greek Summer let students participate in educational excursions to the cultural and historic sites of Greece, combined with adventure in breath-taking settings such as hiking at Mt. Olympus, boating the Sporades islands and swimming in pristine Halkidiki beaches. Students can stay and live with the families in a rural village to improve their fluency in the Greek language. They also work with other international participants in completing community service projects.
There will be activities about the sustainable food systems and the importance of food & agriculture to the culture and economy of the region at the host campus of the historic American Farm School. Students participate in hands-on activities with local experts, including cheese and yogurt making, olive oil production, honey harvesting, Greek-cooking and more. They prepare for village life by learning about the effect of the economic crisis on local families, regional folk dancing, and other intercultural skills that enhance their ability to quickly form bonds with their new families and village friends.
The American Farm School is a renowned centre of excellence that uses a learn-by-doing approach. The Greek Summer program aims to educate students between ages 15 and 18 towards responsible global stewardship.
A three-day orientation session introduces participants to each other and to Greek language, dance, folk traditions and social customs. It also includes time for Aegean sun and surf.
Discovering the American Farm School
Based at this renowned, nonprofit, agricultural school which has served the rural youth of Greece and the Balkans since 1904, participants experience the daily operations of the dairy, poultry unit, orchards, olive groves, vineyard, field crops, greenhouses, and vegetable gardens. Farm School instructors teach them about Greek folk music and traditional instruments, Greek cooking, beekeeping, and ecological issues. They undertake a supervised service project on campus, while getting to know the museums, shops and cinemas of historic Thessaloniki.
Community Service in a Greek Village
The heart of Greek Summer is the community service project and village homestay, usually consisting of two periods of one week each. Participants live with host families, and work in a team with the other participants on a building project: a park, recreation facility, or landscaping project that will enhance the quality of life in the village.
A ten-day trip through Greece by chartered bus, boat and hydrofoil is a journey of discovery of Delphi, Athens, Ancient Nemea, Mycenae, and other wonders of Ancient Greece, as well the natural beauty of Greece and its Aegean Islands.
Climbing Mt. Olympus
The culmination of Greek Summer is the two-day ascent of Mt. Olympus, the highest peak in Greece and the home of the Olympian Gods.
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