Community Partner since 1995.

The Greek Struggle!

As I sat out in the playground for recess watching the children laughing and playing, tears filled my eyes…70 innocent souls that spend 4 hours a day with our Volunteers learning English in the hope of a better future! I mean really what does the future hold for these kids? They are certainly NOT to […]

Advice from Lesley, a Greece Global Volunteer

Encore Global Volunteer, Lesley Rainey, shared her heart on her first Greece Service Program just two years ago. Since then, she has loyally supported our host partners and local staff in Greece through not only her returning service, but also through spreading the word on social media and raising awareness in the UK. Her optimistic […]

May 1st in Greece!

May 1st in Greece. May the 1st (May Day) is a national holiday in Greece and probably one of the only holidays that does not have any religious background. It is a celebration of spring and also “workers day”. Union workers gather in the large cities for demonstrations while families take to the countryside for picnics […]

25th March- Greek Independence Day

Wednesday 25th March 2015. It’s Greek Independence day and the team is free because schools are closed. The family, India, Elisabeth, Tanja and Chadwick, went off on their own adventure. Marcella, Chris and I bused through the gate of the walled city of Heraklion to watch the parade. The plaza near the archeological museum was […]

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Reflections From Madeleine!

In August 2014 Matt and Anita Wells along with their four children Eliza, Madeleine, Nathaniel, and Lydia took part on a service program here in Malevizi, Greece. They, along with thirteen other volunteers ranging in age from ten years to 64  years, split up into small groups, chose their class assignments, and got to work helping […]

Progress made!

Thursday, July 31, 2014 As our time here is coming to an end, I look back and can’t believe how far we all have come from that very first day.  I remember a team member remarking how we felt like “lambs going to the slaughter”that first Monday – not knowing exactly how we would connect […]

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Winding down and a night at the village!

  Wednesday, July 30, 2014 Message of the day: ”I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou As we walked to school on yet another glorious Cretan morning we began to realise we a only […]

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“Opportunity for life” center

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Message of the day: “Don’t cry because it’s over…..but smile because it happened!”    –  Dr. Seuss   Day two into our second week consisted of myself and three others attended the “Right to Life” center, where we worked with adults having very severe disabilities.  We worked alongside and observed sessions with […]

Week- end activities!

Saturday-Sunday. July 26-7, 2014: Message of the day: I am not a product of my circumstances.  I am a product of my decisions. Yasas! Today marks the beginning of Week 2 for our 100th Greece service team. The 16 of us who were here for Week 1 are welcoming a new member today who was unable […]

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5th and 6th grade.

Thursday, July 24, 2014: Message of the day: “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of your dreams”                               Eleanor Roosevelt   Our team has created a nice routine that seems to be going well for our 5th and 6th grade class. We begin each day by having them answer a question about themselves. […]