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Greek Summer
Summer's Coming

Who:   High School Students, ages 15-17

What:  Service-learning and cultural immersion program

Organized and hosted by the American Farm School, Thessaloniki, Greece; a 501c3 non-profit educational organization founded in 1904

Greek Summer combines an immersive service-learning experience in a rural community with on-campus preparation that includes an introduction to Greek language, culture, and current issues – from the importance of food and sustainable agriculture, to social issues related to refugees and conflict resolution.


But it’s not all work. 

Program participants experience Thessaloniki, Europe’s cultural capital and discover Greece’s amazing diversity exploring cultural and historic sites across the country. Eco-adventures that include hiking Mt. Olympus and sailing the Aegean expose students to breath-taking settings. And hands-on activities on campus at the American Farm School give students an understanding of sustainable food systems and the importance of food and agriculture to the culture and economy of the region. 
For more information or to schedule a meeting with a program alum, contact us at


“It was the best summer of my life – I will remember it forever.”

Athena Zacharakos, GS’14, Ridgefield, CT

"I can't think of a better way for a high school student to spend his or her summer than by participating in Greek Summer. Greek Summer was not just a great travel experience - it also gave me lifelong friends and a deep appreciation for public service.”
Daniel Marrow, GS'09, Princeton, NJ

“Standing at the highest point of Mt. Olympus, I understood why my family loved Greece. It wasn't only the majestic sites of ancient Greece, the clear blue Aegean Sea, the spirit of the American Farm School, and the mouth-watering food, but the loving hospitality of rural Greek people. I, too, fell in love with Greece.”
Aimee Lansdale, GS’12, Chapel Hill, NC


Understand a new culture by living it
Learn by doing …
Gain new perspectives
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