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American Farm School - Greek Summer

Greek Summer is an intercultural exchange program established in 1970. It is designed for U.S. and international teenagers who are enthusiastic about immersing themselves in Greek culture, contributing to the quality of life in a rural Greek village, and exploring the natural beauty of Greece, including a climb to the summit of Mt. Olympus. Throughout 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. All participants receive certificates of the community service hours they have performed.

The American Farm School of Thessaloniki, Greece, is an independent, nonprofit educational institution founded in 1904 to serve the rural population of Greece and the Balkans. Major educational divisions include the Secondary School, theDimitris Perrotis College of Agricultural Studies, and the department ofLifelong Learning. The School prepares its graduates for prominent roles in community life and in the agriculture and food sectors by teaching farming and business practices that are economically viable, ecologically sound and socially responsible.  The School’s founder, Dr. John Henry House, was a practical idealist who believed in educating the whole individual: the head, the hands and the heart. After more than a century of implementing the founder’s vision, the American FarmSchool today remains dedicated to the dynamic fusion of theory and practice in all levels of agricultural education that has become the institution’s hallmark 

Of the more than 1,000 alumni, most consider Greek Summer to be one of the most important growth experiences of their lives.

 The best way to learn about the program is from those who lived it!

Greek Summer in the words of past participants:

"It wasn’t just a place where we all worked together, it was a chance to grow closer to one another. It was a test of our abilities."
Philip, Moraga, CA
"I felt so close to my family and was so thrilled by their warmth and compassion for a kid they could hardly talk to."
William, New York, NY
"I had been to Greece four times before but I had never really seen it. I was so glad to see it now, when I could appreciate it more."
George, Verona, NJ
"Over the period of ten days I had become one of the family, and I would be missed. Inside I knew I would really miss them too, their daughter, their starched socks, the coffee at dusk, all of it."
Drury, Los Angeles, CA
"My favorite aspect was the feeling of adventure that was always with me. Each day was a completely different experience."
Bonnie, Portland, OR

 Greek Summer in the words of the parents:

 

"Greek Summer provided an experience for Katharine that she will never forget. We cannot think of a single aspect that could be called 'weak'. It is one of the most memorable experiences Katharine has ever had."
Parents of Katharine, Greenwich, CT
"Frankly we can’t think of anything you could do to make it a better experience – the counselors were outstanding and the group was diverse and interacted beautifully. Without a doubt, it was the best experience for Hunter."
Parents of Hunter, Indianapolis, IN
"Greek Summer was the best experience that Melanie has ever had. The other children and counselors seemed to form a strong extended family that functioned very well together. Additionally her Greek family treated her like a princess."
Parents of Melanie, Washington, D.C.
"Putnam loved the counselors. Sounds like they are good role models. Great cultural components. I appreciate the village work experience and family living. There are plenty of travel-only trips out there."
Parents of Putnam, Charlotte, VT

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