OTHER CCS PROGRAMS
An estimated 11 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of the civil war in March 2011.
Since the Balkan route from Greece to northern Europe was shut down in March after the arrival of a million migrants and refugees, around 57,000 people have been stranded in Greece. In response to this humanitarian crisis, Cross-Cultural Solutions is operating a refugee volunteer program starting in 2017 to support vulnerable children, women, and residents of camps in Greece.
How can you support refugees?
Please note for the program contribution of $1850 per person for a 2-week program, volunteers must travel in groups of at least 4 members as part of the Support Refugees program in Greece - so start spreading the word on social media with friends, family, colleagues, or classmates! We do accept individual volunteers to enroll in this program, but at a program contribution of $2250 for a 2-week program. And, if you're traveling with 3 or fewer people, the group leader gets $100 off for each person that joins you in this experience! Note: this discount cannot be combined with other discounts. As part of your program contribution, $100 is donated to our refugee program partners for every 2 weeks of service.
The majority of refugee families in Greece now live in one of 40+ ‘temporary’ camps. Each camp is different, with accommodations in tents or containers, and only some providing heat, hot water, and electricity. However, most, if not all camps, lack the adequate basic standard of living that every human deserves.
The camps CCS work with are situated 50 minutes north of Athens, and each houses approximately 800 residents, including 400 children (with approximately 40 still being breast/bottle fed) and around 20 women who are pregnant.
One of the challenges in the camps is simply a lack of activities and purpose for the residents. Children are keen to talk, play & learn, while adults are looking for ways to engage with their peers. The future is uncertain for these families and restoring dignity & purpose in their daily lives is an important goal of this program. Bringing a sense of normalcy and routine in a chaotic and foreign environment is so valuable.
CCS volunteers work alongside NGOs on the ground, many who have been with the camps since their inception.
We are pleased to be partnering with local NGO's that have been operating in Ritsona since the camp was opened. Our main partners are Lighthouse Relief and I AM YOU. CCS volunteers will be working alongside the Lighthouse Relief staff in their Child Friendly Space, Female Friendly Space, Construction and Advocacy programs. Volunteers will support the pre-school and education programs of I AM YOU at both Ritsona and Oinofita camps.
Create a nurturing environment through Work with Refugee Children by offering emotional and educational supports to meet developmental milestones.
Foster a sense of community and provide educational and health information to Support Vulnerable Women in female-friendly spaces.
Reserve your spot today with a deposit of $350! Fees and start dates vary by destination and duration. Make selections below to get started. Did you know your out-of-pocket trip costs might be just a fraction of the below? Click here to find out how.