It’s a four week summer program for students aged 15-18 that has changed lives— many lives of students from throughout North America who have been lucky enough to participate in the American Farm School’s Greek Summer program.
Created in 1970, Greek Summer has been teaching generations of students how to become one with the land, as well as with the people and culture of Greece. The program promotes intercultural exchange between Americans and Greeks under the sponsorship of the historic American Farm School, an independent, nonprofit school serving the rural youth of Greece and the Balkans.
The program is designed for young people who are enthusiastic about immersing themselves in another culture, contributing to the quality of life in a rural Greek village, and having the opportunity to make great new friends.
Through the years, the American Farm School has built a tradition of helping Greek villagers meet their evolving needs through community service projects carried out by Greek Summer participants. During Greek Summer, young Americans undergo their own metamorphosis of thought and spirit as they work to accomplish set goals.
The intensity of the experience leads participants to realize new potential and discover resources within themselves and each other.
The program includes excursions throughout the Greek mainland and islands, including a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hike to the peak of Mt. Olympus. Students also learn about Greek culture, food, music and dancing and spend time with locals who are quick to share their Greek traditions with them.