(Photos) Students at the American Farm School’s “Greek Summer” Program Get Experience of a Lifetime

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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.

At the peak of Mt. Olympus after a day-long hike

At the peak of Mt. Olympus after a day-long hike

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.

Participants learn about beekeeping and Greek honey. Students harvested their own honey, and sampled it in the Greek yogurt they produced themselves!

Participants learn about beekeeping and Greek honey. Students harvested their own honey, and sampled it in the Greek yogurt they produced themselves!

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.

Learning age-old Greek cooking traditions with a bit of help from locals

Learning age-old Greek cooking traditions with a bit of help from locals

The intensity of the experience leads participants to realize new potential and discover resources within themselves and each other.

No study trip to Greece would be complete without a visit to the Parthenon

No study trip to Greece would be complete without a visit to the Parthenon

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.

A local priest teaches the students about the rich traditions of the church

A local priest teaches the students about the rich traditions of the church

Applications are now open for the 2016 Greek Summer program, which will run from June 27 to July 27, 2016. Click here for more information.

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Community service is an important part of Greek Summer. Students take part in helping to make a town or village a better place to live for the locals, while simultaneously learning the importance of giving back

This is Sparta! Students travel throughout Greece during the 4 week program

This is Sparta! Students travel throughout Greece during the 4 week program

An island excursion for the students of Greek Summer

An island excursion for the students of Greek Summer

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