The Greek America Foundation is now accepting applications for up to 40 spots in our Greek America Corps summer 2023 volunteer programs in Greece.
Following five successful summers since launching the program in 2017, we are proud to make Greek America Corps one of our most important initiatives and continue its growth.
The 2023 season consists of five separate programs – one in Hania, on the island of Crete, one in Athens, one on the island of Chios and two in the city of Thessaloniki — each with a different duration. The program dates are as follows:
Program 1 (Serving the Local Environment in Hania, Crete)
Generously underwritten by Mr. Andreas Koutsoudakis, in memory of Andreas Koutsoudakis Sr.
Dates: May 23 – June 4, 2023 (13 days)
Program 2 (Serving Vulnerable Communities in Athens)
Dates: June 10 – July 2, 2023 (3 weeks)
Program 3 & 4 (Serving Vulnerable Communities in Thessaloniki)
Dates (Program 3): June 10 – July 2, 2023 (3 weeks)
Dates (Program 4): July 8 – July 30, 2023 (3 weeks)
Program 5 (Serving Vulnerable Communities on Chios)
Generously underwritten by Mr. Michael Psaros & Family
Dates: July 29 – August 13, 2023 (2 weeks)
Each program has a specific mission and involves working with our Greek charity partners addressing diverse issues and serving various vulnerable population groups: Homelessness, food insecurity, unaccompanied refugee minors, disenfranchised youth and environmentalism, among others.
There are three primary aspects to the Greek America Corps program:
(1) Participants are exposed to the ideals of service, volunteerism and philanthropy — core ideals of the Greek America Foundation’s mission.
(2) Participants support our charity partners serving the most vulnerable population groups in Greece, which has recently endured financial and humanitarian crises — not to mention the worst refugee crisis since World War II.
(3) Finally, our volunteers are exposed to modern Greek life and society through unique and immersive cultural experiences.
Watch our volunteers speak about their experiences participating in this program.
Summer 2023 program details
Our Greek America Corps programs consist of numerous volunteer duties but also include cultural immersion experiences such as excursions to historic, religious or otherwise significant sites — as well as local celebrations and festivities.
For each program, we have partnered with accredited non-profit organizations or local government officials in Greece who will host our volunteer teams.
For volunteers who require financial aid, we offer scholarships for qualifying applicants to participate in these programs. Scholarships cover the cost of housing, program expenses such as cultural excursions, local transportation and various group meals. Airfare to Greece is not included.
Applicants who do not require financial aid may also opt to pay for their package. Regardless of application type (i.e. scholarship or paid), participants must first apply and be accepted into the program to participate.
Some of our 2023 volunteer programs also offer students the option to accrue college credit that can be applied to their studies at their home institution via our partnership with the Hellenic American University, a U.S.-accredited institution of higher education in Athens. Students must pay additional fee for this option. Price is available upon inquiry.
Students are responsible for checking with their home institutions about transfer of credits. A counselor at Hellenic American University will be made available to assist, as will a curriculum and coursework. Applicants may specify in their application if they wish to receive this credit.
For details about each program, including requirements and how to apply, click the corresponding links below.
Application deadline: January 9, 2023
For inquiries regarding our programs and/or the application process, please email Greece Program Director Eleni Anagnostopoulos.