Greece Refugee Project – Easter 2019
Student Life is once again partnering with Global Aid Network (GAiN) to take a project team into situations of physical poverty and need where we can help to make a difference. This time it will be in response to the current refugee crisis in Europe.
As the borders closed in a domino effect across Europe in 2016 the route of these refugees was stopped at the last land border between Greece and Macedonia. The EU settlement with Turkey to house a large portion of the Syrian refugees in March 2016 stemmed the tide of people making the risky journey across the seas to reach the shores of Greece. Nonetheless many people are still stranded between having fled their countries from conflict and being able to reach their final destination further into Europe where many of them hope to reunite with other family members. You can read more from one of our team who spent time there in Greece with our student team last year here.
We have connected with local faith-based organisations who have been working with the government to provide additional supplies and care to these families who have found an unexpected temporary home in Greece. They are working to provide shelter for and non-food items to those living in the camps. In this environment it is very easy for boredom and lack of purpose creep in and lead to more tension in the camps.
In a very practical way we can lend a hand with the physical needs but by spending time there we can also let them know we are alongside them and they haven’t been forgotten.
We are looking for students who are motivated with a heart of compassion to respond to this humanitarian crisis as well as being prepared to go with an attitude to serve and learn from the people we go to help. In the words of one of the students who came with us in previous years;
“If you want to do something that will really benefit the people you meet, experience the culture and see how little people actually need to be truly happy I’d recommend this trip to you. It’s challenging in so many ways, that everyone will grow and gain something from this trip.”
As part of this project we will have opportunities to learn more about the situation for those who have fled their homeland, not knowing when they will be able to find a more permanent place to call home. We will share what are learning and reflect on our experiences together.
The project will include training on
– working cross culturally
– team building
– leadership and
– values in humanitarian work.
There will also be the opportunity to consider together the impact that our own cultural values and beliefs bring to our experiences.
When will we go? 12th-19th April 2019 (exact times dependant on flight availability)
How much will it cost?
Early Bird Deadline 18th December 2018 – £695
Final Deadline 18th January 2019 – £755 * This deadline has now been extended to 12th February.
How big will the group be? 10-15 people
Who is the project run by? This project is run in partnership with GAiN and Agapé Student Life. It is organised and administrated by our parent organisation Agapé ministries Ltd.
Part of coming on this project will involve you in raising the funds to cover the cost of the project travel and in-country expenses. If you are accepted to come on the project you will be sent a training pack which will help you with ideas for raising funds. You can also talk to the local Student Life Staff who will be available to support you in your plans for fundraising. As soon as you have been accepted on the project we recommend you start raising finances straight away to give yourself enough time to reach your goal. There will be deadlines for making staged payments building up towards the final payment. The first payment is a non-refundable deposit of £100 to confirm your place, that is due within two weeks of being accepted. You will be sent details of these deadlines in your acceptance pack. You will not be able to come on the project if you haven’t raised the funds in time. If you have any concerns about this please talk with whoever invited you to apply for this project.
How to Apply
We’re excited that you are interested in joining us on this project and look forward to receiving your application form. To apply you will need to click on the link below to our online form. You will need to complete and submit this form in one-sitting. We have provided a PDF version of the application form so that you can review and consider you answers before submission of your application.
You will need to provide us with two references from someone who has known you for at least two years in a working or volunteering capacity. Please send them this link to the reference form and ask them to complete it as soon as possible. We are not able to process your application until we have received both your application form, both references and a copy of your passport photo page.
Please note the Early Bird deadline is 18th December 2018. The final deadline for applications is Friday 18th January 2019.
If you have any further questions about the project, you can either speak to an Agapé Student Life staff member on your local campus or contact us on the details below and we’d be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Phone: 0121 765 4404
*Please note that when you are accepted as a participant on the project, we will require an initial non-refundable deposit of £100 within 7 days of being offered a place on the project; £200 by 28th Feb, Balance due 29th March 2019 , two weeks prior to departure.
Of this amount: Approx. £350 is the payment for your ATOL projected flight and the remaining payment is for the rest of your project costs. If we become insolvent and have to close, only the payment for your ATOL protected flight will be refundable under to ATOL scheme. Click here for full details on our terms of operations in relation to your project.