Greece: Mythology, Philosophy & Modern Democracy™
Explore Greece, from the ancient wonders of the world’s most influential civilization, to the complexities of modern life.
- Check out the ancient Acropolis of Athens citadel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes the Parthenon and Temple of Athena Nike
- Sail along the caldera of Santorini in a traditional wooden boat, just like a true argonaut
- Climb atop Nea Kameni, a famous volcano
- Dive deep into Greek mythology through site visits, guest speakers, and local lore
- Participate in community service to help support a meaningful local cause
On This Program you will...
Travel to some of Greece’s most influential and picturesque cities. Your adventure begins in Athens, a treasure trove of ancient civilization that has been incredibly memorialized in the form of ruins, museums and iconic spaces that are still in use. Ferry to Crete, Greece’s largest island and, according to Greek mythology, the birthplace of Zeus himself. Stay and explore Heraklion and Rethymno, as well as several other colorful villages on the island. Finally, sail through the Aegean Sea to the dreamy island of Santorini, known for its whitewashed cube dwellings.
Your Adventure is Just Around the Corner!
For over a decade, many families and communities in Greece have faced social and economic hardship as a result of the aftermath of the Great Recession, in ways unseen in many other European countries. On this program, you will take part in a service project designed to support a local community in a meaningful way. What form this community service takes will depend on the most pressing need at the time of your program: it could be helping out at a pantry or food kitchen, participating in a clean-up project, or supporting a local organization.
From the time of Socrates and Aristotle, who formed the basis for modern philosophy and the sciences, to the creation of the first democratic society, Greece has been a major influencer of Europe and the world. Pay a visit to the Byzantine Monastery of Preveli, where the monks are notably active in the community and have continued to advocate for education and personal freedoms for centuries. Visit a Crete resident and learn about the island’s history, culture and foods – you may even get to taste a home-baked treat!
Explore ancient ruins and modern times as you discover all that Greece has to offer. Kayak on the cerulean waters of Heraion Lagoon and enjoy water games and lunch on the beach. See Athens by bike, stopping to explore this ancient city’s historic center, including its world-famous Panathenaic Stadium. You’ll certainly never forget glimpsing the Acropolis of Athens citadel and its historic sites – the Parthenon and the Temple of Athena of Nike. And don’t forget to unwind after all that travel as you take a dip in Santorini’s volcanic hot springs.
Lodging info coming soon.
Looking to experience Europe this summer? You might get a whole lot more.
Where our service-learning programs go deep, Europe Discovery programs go broad. These experiences deliver on our exploratory travel methodology to immerse students in a country or theme through a series of locations deliberately selected for their impact and significance–iconic monuments, historical sites, and cultural exploration are all on the agenda. This program type is ideal for students who are curious about or have a strong interest in history, culture, the arts, contemporary issues, and the role of each city or region on the global stage.
Dates & Tuition
Mythology, Philosophy & Modern Democracy™
Tuition Includes All In-Country Expenses Including:
- Airport pick-up/drop-off
- In-country transportation
- 3 meals per day
- Professional full-time staff and experts
- 24/7 parent support hotline during the program
- Secondary medical and evacuation insurance
- Cultural activities, lectures and excursions
- Pre-departure materials and support
- Educational materials