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Greece - Service Learning and Refugee

May 26 – June 9, 2018

Apply by December 15, 2017

The Course: SOC-115 Social Problems (3 credits) 

The social problems course will help students recognize local and international social problems contributing to and arising from the Syrian refugee crisis in Greece and, more broadly, the EU, including origins of the crisis, factors exacerbating the crisis for the refugees, themselves, as well as how the displacement is impacting Greece as the host country. This program is planned in partnership with Cross Cultural Solutions (CCS). You can see more information on their website. 

The Destination: Chalkida Greece
Chalkida or Chalcis, is a town on the large island of Evia. Instead of having to take a boat, there are two bridges that one is able to use in order to get there. This crossing is known for the mysterious water change in direction that occurs every 6 hours. During this change in the Gulf of Evia, the water appears to freeze for a few minutes. Other things that draw people to this town is the warm atmosphere, walks by the shore, small cafes and bars, as well as the amazing seafood. 

The Experience Highlights:
  • Work with Syrian refugees at the Ritsona camp
  • Explore the beauty of Athens, Greece on a weekend excursion
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the loves and experiences of our refugee population

Estimated Program Fee: $3,950 
($1,000 Global Advantage Scholarships for Qualified Students) 

  • Round Trip Airfare 
  • Housing 
  • Most meals 
  • Health Insurance 
  • Some Cultural Excursions 
Does Not Include: 
  • Tuition for 3 Summer 2018 credits 
  • Personal Expenses
  • Passport Fee 

Faculty Contact:
Serena Tarr, Faculty, Sociology
Iowa City Campus Room 131