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Greece, Service & Refugee

18 Greece


Apply by February 15, 2018

The Course: SOC-115 Social Problems (3 credits) 
Since the Balkan route from Greece to northern Europe was shut down in March after the arrival of a million migrants and refugees, around 57,000 people have been stranded in Greece. In response to this humanitarian crisis, Cross-Cultural Solutions is operating a refugee volunteer program starting in 2017 to support vulnerable children, women, and residents of camps in Greece. Volunteers will be working on one of the projects of most need at the camp which at this moment is the CCS Distribution Center. 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. Volunteers will be working on one of the projects of most need at the camp. At this moment that is the CCS Distribution Center: Read more on the volunteer blog. 

Program Sheet and Itinerary: Greece Service 2018

The Destination: Chalkida Greece and the Syrian Refugee Camp
Your home base in Greece is just a 15-minute drive from the refugee camps where you'll be working. In the town of Chalkida, the capital of Evia, you'll find a welcoming town filled with small shops, museums, and historical sites. The town enjoys a promenade, delicious authentic Greek restaurants, and a nearby beach within driving distance. In Chalkida, you'll find plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in Greek life as you straddle two cultures between the town of Chalkida and the nearby refugee camps.

The Experience Highlights:
  • Service-learning experience with Syrian refugees working alongside non-governmental organizations (NGO)s on the ground, many who have been with the camps since their inception.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the lives and experiences of  the world and Iowa’s refugee population
  • During your free-time explore the beauty and culture  of Greece 
Estimated Program Fee: $3,950 
($1,000 Global Advantage Scholarship 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