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 […]
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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 […]
0 0 Sam Pinakoulaki https://globalvolunteers.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2014-GlobalVolunteersLogo-Web.png Sam Pinakoulaki2015-12-25 20:00:552016-12-30 12:21:14Christmas 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 […]
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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 […]
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This excerpt from one day of a team journal describes team members’ daily assignments on a Greece service program. 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 […]
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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 […]
0 0 Michele Gran https://globalvolunteers.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2014-GlobalVolunteersLogo-Web.png Michele Gran2015-07-17 23:40:322016-10-12 15:42:36Reflections on A Volunteer’s Role in Greece
Anna Goshua says the historic timing of her July Crete Service Program added significance to her volunteer contribution. As the Greek government negotiated austerity measures with the EU, Anna focused her personal efforts on daily English lessons – to encourage her adolescent students to plan for their futures. It brought into focus, she said, the importance of a steady […]
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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 […]
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Greece Global Volunteer, Lesley Rainey, shared her heart on her first service program in Greece back in 2013. Since then, she’s loyally supported the people she met in Greece – through not only returning to serve, but also through spreading the word on social media. Her optimistic and caring outlook on life shines through brightly […]
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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 […]