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“Good Grief, What Have I Gotten Myself Into?”

teaching English in Greece

by Jennifer M., Greece Global Volunteer.  My teammates from week one having moved on, I was the only volunteer for summer English school the second week of my program in Gazi.  Although I was a little daunted by this idea, and missed the company and conversation with my previous teammates, Sam (the Greece Team Leader and […]


A week of Teaching and Learning For All of us!

  Today was the end of a full week—a week of teaching and learning for all of us. The word “bittersweet” came up a few times this morning at breakfast for Meghan and me on our last day of teaching. Last walk by the blue morning glories, the black dog, and the fig trees on […]


Family of Four Serve and Explore Greece!

Explore Greece as a family

Global Volunteers salutes Andy, Lucy, Anna and Alice Kligerman,  who have served twice as a family on the island of Crete, in Greece,  where they taught conversational English to summer camp students. It is obvious they made learning productive and fun for their students and each other! Andy writes: “We selected the teaching program in Crete, because […]


Striving For Success!

  By the end of the school session today we were more than halfway through our week of service.  By now we are aware of the strengths and weaknesses of our students.  Their school teachers and earlier Global Volunteers have served them well.  The students in the upper class can recognize English words that they […]

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Volunteering Unboxed: We Help Meet Needs of Syrian Refugees in Greece

Since early 2016, Global Volunteers Crete teams have been called upon by local authorities to help meet the needs of Syrian refugees in Greece.  To date, volunteers work packaging and sorting donated clothing at the port of Heraklion,  and preparing filled boxes for shipping to Athens. One team’s story: More than a million refugees and migrants have traveled across […]

“Clean Monday”…Kathara Deftera in Greece!

Today in Greece the Greeks celebrate Clean Monday ” Kathara Deftera” which marks the end of the carnival and the beginning of Great lent. It is called this because Christians  begin this season with “clean hearts and good intentions”. Due to the fact that this day is also considered the first day of Spring families gather together for picnics […]

Christmas Traditions In Greece!

Christmas or (Xristouyenna- Christouyenna) meaning “the birth of Christ” is one of the most important celebrations within the Greek Orthodox church.  Traditions vary depending on  which region or Island one is from. Here are a few of the popular traditions celebrated for Christmas in Greece as reported by Greece Country Manager Sam Pinakoulaki: Kalikantzari During the […]

My Goals Accomplished!

Today I was delighted to spend a third session with one of the High School Students.  After the usual greeting, we opened the workbook to practice English, role playing, and pronunciation, which is the usual class work.  After reading and working with the formal work plan for a few minutes, I realized she completely understood […]


First Day Of Teaching!

After another beautiful sunrise and another animated discussion with my other team members at breakfast, we all made plans for the morning.  When I say animated, I mean a lot of laughing and  a lot of sharing of ideas.   Since our teaching hours are all in the afternoon and evening, there was much exchange […]


“Our family volunteer experience in Crete was one of the highlights of my life.”

Family volunteer experience in Crete

Reflections from Colleen Shannon, who volunteered with her daughter, Lauren, and two grandsons, Max and Darwin in Crete, Greece: Our family volunteer experience in Crete last month was one of the highlights of my life. Not only was it personally fulfilling, but watching my daughter and grandsons interact with the children, other volunteers and our hosts was […]