Program Description

The 2-week course Service Learning and Sustainable Lifestyle in Greece combines the educational needs of the refugee population in Greece with the goals of the United Nations Agenda into a 21st challenge service learning experience and deals with contemporary global issues from a multidisciplinary perspective.

The course has a twofold goal:

  1. To provide students with knowledge, competencies and skills related to the global goals for sustainable development using the paradigm of a sustainable lifestyle.
  2. To create the opportunity for students to engage with migrants, refugees, volunteers and NGO (non-governmental organization) in Greece, gaining knowledge and consciousness on refugee issues and providing meaningful service.

Students will gain awareness and knowledge of the global refugee crisis and consider their own participation in that, but also draw connections with their own individual decisions and lifestyle.  Moreover, students will experience how a community deals and overcomes the refugee issue with respect to human rights, practicing democracy and achieving sustainable development. By implementing projects in line with global goals, students will learn how to can take action for creating a better world for less privilege people and critically understand how this can impact their everyday life.

The course has two components:  a coursework component (training seminars and workshops on social farming, sustainable lifestyle, urban garden, etc.) and a service component (voluntary work like garden activities, cooking food and distribution, engaging with the volunteers/refuges on the ground, etc.).

Your Host Country: Greece

The program will take place in Greece (Athens), where the Mediterranean lifestyle has been implemented for thousands of years. The Mediterranean Lifestyle is a sustainable model for the environment as it combines low environmental impact, biodiversity, seasonality, locality, moderation and sustainable type of physical activity like walking.

Athens is the historical capital of Europe, with a long history, dating from the first settlement in the Neolithic age. A large part of the town’s historic center has been converted into a 3-kilometer pedestrian zone (the largest in Europe), leading to the major archaeological sites (“archaeological park”), reconstructing – to a large degree – the ancient landscape.