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Greece, Refugee Program

Since 2015, more than one million people, fleeing war, persecution, natural disasters, and poverty, have risked their lives through perilous sea and land crossings to seek refuge in Greece. Recent international political policies have limited immigration out of Greece resulting in more than 60,000 people currently trapped, scattered across detention centers and makeshift camps and the number is increasing daily. Our Squads volunteer at community partners to provide health and educational assistance to the local refugee population. In conjunction with the UN’s International Organization for Migration (IOM), we are a registered Greek organization working at the request of the Greek government to provide these services to refugees seeking integration around Athens.

Supporting Health and Education for Refugee Children

Squads Abroad implements both Global Health and Global Education programming in Greece in conjunction with our parent organization, Global Brigades. The projects vary from building educational infrastructure to supporting health clinics for children in conjunction with the Greece government health system

Home-base Location

Located at the crossroads of Europe, Africa, and Asia, Greece boasts the longest coastline of the Mediterranean Basin and 227 inhabited islands. The birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, the Olympic Games, Western literature, historiography, political science, and major scientific and mathematical principles, the country retains world-renowned landmarks and historical sites to explore. Our home-base is located just outside Athens, within a short drive from the community partners we will support and the many enriching cultural activities that Greece exposes students to.

OUR IN-COUNTRY STAFF

Led by ANASTASIOS GRAIKOS

Anastasios Graikos has been working in international development for nearly a decade leading WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) programming for renown humanitarian organizations in Greece, Turkey, Ethiopia, Uganda, Bangladesh and the Philippines. For the last two and a half years, he has focused his work on the refugee crisis in Greece. Anastasios has developed our model for medical assistance programming in the camps through the work of our parent organization, Global Brigades, and has established partnerships with the many medical actors, Greek authorities, and other NGOs to implement both education and health programming that support children.

The Cultural Activities

Each weekday afternoon our staff guide volunteers on Cultural & Learning Activities in the local area. From Arabic and Greek lessons — learning basic phrases to converse, as well as artisan craft workshops and cooking lesson that contextualize your experience in authentic culture. There are also endless opportunities for enrichment activities nearby. Take a boat through the Euripus Strait, right off the Aegean Sea, and see the varied and rugged islands of central Greece. Tour Greece’s capital, Athens, the city famous for hosting the first Olympic games, founding the world’s first democracy, and adapting one of the world’s first alphabets. View the majesty and history of the Parthenon, test your sprinting skills on an Olympic track, and take a stroll through the ancient Agora. The ancient influences and educational discoveries of Greek culture and history are abound.

The Weekend Enrichment Activities, To Greek Islands (optional add-on packages)

On the weekends your Squad may choose to explore other areas of the country through our guided overnight packages. Greece is famous for its striking islands, filled with blue and white architecture, against the backdrop of the Mediterranean. Spend a weekend lounging on the Greek islands, or hopping between a few to experience delicious food, a warm and welcoming culture, and the peaceful island life.