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Gap Year Programs in Chalkida, Greece

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Since 2015 more than one million refugees, fleeing war, persecution, natural disasters, and poverty, have traveled to Greece in search of safety and a dignified life in Europe. Lacking safe and legal alternatives, they put their lives in the hands of smugglers and risk everything during perilous sea and land crossings. In 2016, a series of international political policies have limited immigration out of Greece and as a consequence, more than 60,000 people are currently trapped, scattered across detention centers, abandoned buildings, and makeshift camps. Substandard living conditions and lack of adequate food, medical care, and information have heightened anxiety, depression, and uncertainty, but you can help.

Distribution Center
Your volunteer work will support the needs of refugee families, including much-needed supplies through the Distribution Center. At the Center, volunteers are responsible for the distribution of milk, tea and hygiene products. At the Center, volunteers are responsible for the distribution of milk, tea and hygiene products, as well as running the camp clothing shop.
Available to volunteers staying 1 week or longer.

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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. In Chalkida, the city of "mad waters" and the administrative and commercial capital of the mainland island of Evia, you can take in Greek culture on pedestrian boardwalks or take in a Greek sunset along the waterfront.

FACT SHEET

Refugees Under 18
51%
Refugees Awaiting Relocation
62,000
Syrian Refugees Currently Displaced
11 million
New Daily Refugee Arrivals in Greece
200

Your Refugee Program Staff

SAIF NTAGKELI, COUNTRY PRESIDENT
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During my studies and after working for the private sector in managerial positions, I have established a solid administrative ability regarding organizational coordination and recourse management. Being driven by the humanitarian philosophy of offering, I decided to make a shift in my career and in 2011 I engaged with the treatment of injured from Libya in Greece, as I am half Libyan myself.

That was the time when I decided that my vocation should contribute to alleviating human suffering and thus I started working with Doctors of the World in 2015. Due to the fact that medical organizations are the first to deal with vulnerable individuals, this participation has given me a deeper knowledge of the hard reality that refugees and vulnerable groups deal with daily.

CCS is inspiring me to cooperate with our ambassadors from all over the world to contribute for the greater cause of improving living conditions for refugees residing in Greek camps.

Country Staff

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