Location: Athens • Cost: $3595 

Departure Airport: JFK • Age: 18-19


Trip 1: July 1 - July 17

Trip 2: July 15 - July 31

Trip 3: July 29 - August 14


All applicants must be 18-19 years old to apply for an Athens trip. Volunteers accepted will be required to complete service hours with refugees in their own communities and take a refugee pre-trip training course (Approx: 20 hours combined). Volunteers will also be required to write and submit lesson plans to be used in the camp in Athens.


In Athens, you will work with refugees in an official government-run camp. Many refugees have been stuck in this camp for over two years. Greece currently hosts approximately 50,000 refugees - of whom 38,000 are on the mainland and 11,000 are on the islands of Lesbos, Chios, Kos, Samos, and Leros. Over half of the refugee population are women and children with approximately 3,000 traveling alone.


While refugee camps in Athens were intended as short term places, most refugees spend years in refugee camps. Trash and waste management in the camps is a large current issue, with sanitation facilities and access to clean water, hygiene products, and adequate infrastructure as contributing factors to refugee poverty. Refugees face many psychsocial, economic, and cultural barriers in integrating with their new communities. HEFY seeks to aid the camps in whatever way possible to help the refugees live a happier lives both physically and emotionally, primarily by assisting in daily activities, leading workshops, and helping refugees use recycled material to make needed rugs and trash bins. 


You will also spend the first weekend on the beautiful island of Santorini, visit the Acropolis, the original Olympic stadium, Mars Hill, Lycabettus Hill, and the Temple of Poseidon. On the way back, you will stay overnight in New York where you will visit the Manhattan Temple, the Statue of Liberty, and take a tour of Ellis Island and the immigration museum.


Although Greece does not yet have a temple, you will cap off your journey by serving in Manhattan New York temple on your way home. Incredibly, there is a population of 321,444 Greeks living in the United States with over 58,000 living in New York City alone. Because of the number of Greeks living in this area, it is very probable that you will see various hints of Greek culture during your brief stay. There's also a good chance you might meet members hailing from Greece while serving at the temple.


Athens is the oldest capital in Europe. Research suggests that this capital city originated over 3,400 years ago - also making  it one of the oldest cities in the world. Athens has a typical mediterranian climate. This means typical hot and dry summers with mild winters. It rarely snows, and usually rains only in the Autumn. Athens is home to the first known democracy. Democracy was established during the year 500 B.C. It was known as a “direct democracy” system, meaning that eligible citizens could vote on laws. The Runners Marathon originated in Athens. The Marathon originated as a run to commemorate a Greek soldier named Philippedes who ran 26.2 miles from  Marathon Greece to Athens to report the Athenian’s victory in War against the Persians in 490 B.C.


*Note: All info subject to final adjustment


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