AEGEE’s initials were chosen purposely to evoke the name of the Aegean Sea in Greece, the birthplace of democracy. Unfortunately nowadays the Aegean Sea has become the place where democracy is dying. Thousands of refugees cross the Aegean Sea with great risk of losing their life and then end up in a greek island (mostly Lesvos and Chios). That’s where their “European” journey starts.
Our journey starts in Athens and Piraeus. There you will visit the magnificent Acropolis and stroll through the ancient Agora where Greek philosophers spent most of their days ! Prepare to fall in love with the amazing ambience of urban Athens, its lovely neighborhoods and its never ending night scene ! Make souvlaki your best hangover cure and don’t ever forget to pour some water into that glass of ouzo before drinking it !
Then we will take the boat from Piraeus and visit the islands of Lesvos and Chios ! We will visit some well hidden breathtakingly beautiful beaches in the Aegean and dive into their local culture with their friendly and hospitable inhabitants, well preserved medieval villages and yummy food that warms your heart and makes you feel at home ! Chios and especially Lesvos are the islands with the most refugees in Greece. That’s where we are going to volunteer !
If you feel that you should take a stand for these matters and do something which will have an actual impact this is your chance. This SU will not only change your life but it will also change others lives as well.
Challenge yourself, let your inhibitions fly away and prepare for the summer of a lifetime!
p.s: This trip is not suitable for people with any cardiovascular conditions, the post event depression may prove to be too hard to handle, many participants have reported that they got heartbroken after the end of their SU.
AthensAthens is the capital and largest city of Greece. It is one of the world's oldest cities. The most important civilization of ancient world flourished in Athens and lives on through some of the world's most formidable edifices. A centre for the arts, learning and philosophy, home of Plato's Academy and Aristotle's Lyceum, it is widely referred to as the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy. Today a cosmopolitan metropolis, modern Athens is central to economic, financial, industrial, political and cultural life in Greece.
PiraeusPiraeus is the port of Attica and the most important port of Greece and the East Mediterranean coast. Piraeus has a long recorded history, dating to ancient Greece. The city was largely developed in the early 5th century BC, when it was selected to serve as the port city of classical Athens and was transformed into a prototype harbor, concentrating all the import and transit trade of Athens ! Piraeus is a large city, bustling with activity and an integral part of Athens, acting as home not to only to AEGEE-Peiraias but also to the country's biggest harbor and bearing all the characteristics of a huge marine and commercial-industrial centre !
LesvosBeautiful Lesvos with many streams, rich flora and fauna, famous olives groves, the mild Mediterranean climate, charming traditional villages and remarkable examples of industrial architecture (olive presses, soap factories, tanneries) dating from the Island's industrial development in the 19th century, impress all visitors.
Lesvos, is also known for the unique fossilized forest covering the Sigri-Eressos-Antissa area. It has been designated as a preserved natural monument since 1985. It is a forest ecosystem that has been fossilized 15-20 million years ago due to the intense volcanic activity in the area which included coniferous forests and mainly huge sequoias and primitive pine trees. It is one of the rarest natural monuments in the world (the only similar ecosystems today are the coniferous forests in north America), visited by thousands of tourists. The removal and transfer of fossilized material is prohibited by law. It is the third biggest island in Greece.It is famous for two products, Ouzo and Olive Oil.
ChiosChios, one of the greatest and most unique Greek islands, is situated in the North East Aegean Sea and it ranks as the 5th largest in Greece and the 10th in the Mediterranean Sea. It is known as one of the most likely birthplaces of Homer, and also the ancient mathematicians Hippocrates and Enopides.The island is very close to the Asia Minor coast, only 3.5 nautical miles from cape Pounta to Erythrea Inland in Cesme.The Regional Unit of Chios includes the islands of Chios, Psara, Antipsara and Oinousses. Chios is a mountainous island. A few valleys are formed in the south and east regions of the island. Chios Island is known for its picturesque landscape, and also for the Mediterranean climate, with mild winters and sparse rainfalls in the summer. The main local products are mastic, citrus fruits, olive oil, figs and wine. Chios mastic is a unique product. Apart from the local agricultural products, Chios is famous for its maritime tradition. A lot of Chios work in the Merchant Navy sector whereas some of the most important Greek shipping companies have been founded by families that come from the island. The town of Chios, called “Chora” by the locals, is the capital of the island.
OinoussesOinousses is a cluster of nine small islands and islets.The locals are proud of their land and ancient roots: As early as the 6th century BC, the islands were already famous for their excellent wine. In fact, it is believed that the name of the island is derived from the root of oenos, the Ancient Greek word for wine !