We are seeking motivated applicants of all ages (18 and older) for our Greek America Corps volunteer programs supporting homeless people in Athens during June 2020.
During three separate and consecutive one-week programs, participants will serve Athens’ homeless by providing food support, fellowship and solidarity. Our group will work in a structured environment and in partnership with respected Greek non-profit organizations with years of experience in this field.
According to official statistics, almost 4 million people in Greece live below the poverty level and are at risk of hunger. Crippling financial crisis has decimated homes and families, creating unprecedented instability and homelessness.
An estimated 20,000 homeless people live in Athens. The number has worsened in recent years with the arrival of tens of thousands of refugees and migrants, many of whom flee camps and set up makeshift camps in city squares.
Our Greek partner charities, Emfasis Foundation and Boroume, have stepped up to tackle these issues. Both organizations have become two of the most innovative charities in Athens supporting homeless and food-vulnerable people.
Their range of activities includes working in soup kitchens; gathering unused fruits and vegetables from urban markets to distribute to the poor; and performing night-time street runs to tend to the needs of people living on the streets.
The dates for our three one-week volunteer programs are as follows:
Program 1: June 7-13
Program 2: June 14-20
Program 3: June 21-28
Greek America Foundation volunteers will work under the supervision of staff from Emfasis Foundation and Boroume. Our volunteer location will be in various sections within the city center of Athens.
In addition to volunteer duties, participants will have some free evenings to either explore or attend dinner-inclusive excursions arranged by the Greek America Foundation. Excursions will include local happenings and cultural events taking place in Athens. Such activities will bring participants closer to contemporary Greece in a unique way during the program.
Financial aid is available and applicants who express need may apply for scholarships that 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 themselves. Regardless of application type (scholarship/paid), participants must first apply and be accepted into the program to participate.