IPSL: Greece - Refugees, Migration and Resilience & Micro-Entrepreneurship

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COVID-19 and our societies’ reactions lay bare longstanding inequities and marginalization that we must address. That's why IPSL's borders are staying OPEN! Until travel is permissible again (and it will be), IPSL Global Institute at NUNM is offer... read more

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A student studying abroad with IPSL: Greece - Refugees, Migration and Resilience & Micro-Entrepreneurship
November 06, 2019 Greek Cultural Experience
I gained a better understanding on another part of the world. I honestly felt like a native after just a month there. The Greek culture is so welcoming and inviting. I made so many friends who I still keep in contact with it. At first I was apprehensive about going away for school, as I was the only person in my program, but I a... - College of Mount Saint Vincent View Entire Review
You should take nothing for granted. This entire trip and learning experience was certainly worthwhile. - College of Mount Saint Vincent View Entire Review
February 07, 2017 A Lifetime Remembrance
I've learned a lot about myself, but mainly I've learned that you can never take anything for granted because (A) other people are either doing okay with less than you and (B) life moves faster than you can blink - College of Mount Saint Vincent View Entire Review


COVID-19 and our societies’ reactions lay bare longstanding inequities and marginalization that we must address. That's why IPSL's borders are staying OPEN! Until travel is permissible again (and it will be), IPSL Global Institute at NUNM is offering its programs online. Once travel is permissible, students may immediately shift to onsite study and service abroad. Please contact IPSL for further details.  

The IPSL Global Institute at the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM.edu) has designed and delivered international programs focusing on experiential learning, ethical service & engaged research for close to 40 years. IPSL programs combine credit-bearing coursework, ethical volunteer service and advocacy research opportunities abroad to provide a meaningful and impactful study abroad experience. Like IPSL, NUNM has been focused on educating, serving and supporting the development of healthy communities for many decades! 

Are you looking to explore the ancient and modern cultural and social issues of this unique part of the world? 
Choose IPSL’s Thessaloniki Greece program (Semester, Short-term Summer, Custom or Graduate level) where participants study and work with social activism, youth empowerment and micro-enterprise. Thessaloniki is a 2,300-year-old city still playing a vital and active role as an integral international trading city for much of Southern Europe. Those interested in Grecian history will adore Thessaloniki’s unique history as a symbol of the Byzantine Empire, a free state under Roman rule, captured during Ottoman rule, and the city where the Young Turk Revolution began. 

Volunteer service in Thessaloniki may include:
·       Refugee Work
·       English Tutoring
·       Supporting homeless and at-risk youth
·       Working with disadvantaged children
·       Environmental work educating about and protecting the oceans
·       Community empowerment through art and technology
·       Social Service NGOs
·       Societal Integration and Support of Roma
·       Educational Organization for Street Children and Street workers and other disadvantaged populations​

Students live with a Greek family on undergraduate level Thessaloniki programs (Graduate students may have other lodging options). All IPSL host families are carefully selected and experienced with hosting students. An integral part of the program, the homestay offers you the opportunity to make life-long friends, reinforce language skills, and experience the culture from "the inside".

As part of the onsite orientation upon arrival, students will be given a day-long guided city tour highlighting some of the important historical sites and museums in Thessaloniki. This will serve as an introduction to the rich history of this part of Greece as well as provide a logistical orientation to the city. Students will also enjoy a (2-day/1-night) hike up to Mt. Olympus (home of the Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greek Mythology). During the Summer program sail to unforgettable Chalkidiki, a region in northern Greece known for its jutting peninsulas, which feature Mediterranean forests that give way to sandy beaches in sheltered bays. On semester programs, students spend four days in Athens exploring everything this 3,400-year-old city has to offer. 

In addition to the above trips, students taking the Greek Cultural Experience and other classes go on short excursions and field trips that are related to the class content, including visits to museums and markets, organic farms and vineyards, and nearby exhibitions and fairs. 

IPSL engages students, educators, and grassroots organizations around the world in hands-on service to promote equitable relationships, social justice, sustainable change, and a commitment to our shared humanity. 

IPSL, the founder of Service-Learning, is a global education institute within the National University of Natural Medicine (NUNM.edu). They invest over 83% of our revenues directly back into the communities where they serve.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Gap Year
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
  • Custom
  • Short Term
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Ancient and Biblical Languages, Literature
  • Ancient Civilization
  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language, Literature
  • Architecture
  • Culinary Arts
  • Cultural Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • European Studies
  • Applied Horticulture, Horticultural Business
  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business
  • Linguistics
  • Social Sciences
  • Environmental Science
  • Archeology
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies
  • Global Studies
  • Modern Greek Language, Literature
  • Food Processing
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