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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.

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Your volunteer work will support the needs of refugee families, including much-needed supplies through the CCS Distribution Center. Help uphold human dignity and provide a sense of stability while working in the Center by meeting basic needs for the 800 camp residents with consistency and respect. At the Center, volunteers are responsible for the distribution of milk and hygiene products, as well as running the camp clothing shop. Additionally, we manage a laundry facility so residents have the opportunity to maintain clean clothing.

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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

CONSTANTINA STRIKOU, COUNTRY PRESIDENT
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Constantina Strikou has been involved in supporting refugees since the crisis hit a peak in 2015. With a background in policy and advocacy campaigns in humanitarian efforts, Constantina jumped in as a Program Coordinator and then a Communications Coordinator with ActionAid Hellas in emergency refugee response. On the front lines on the Greek islands, Constantina experienced first-hand the emotional struggles that refugee families face in arriving in a new land, and brings her perspectives and experiences to support Cross-Cultural Solutions volunteers in providing meaningful aid in Syrian refugee camps. An experienced aid professional with a rich background of on-the-ground relief work experience, Constantina's guidance during your program provides an invaluable context to a challenging and rewarding environment.
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