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DIRECT Greece

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Curated, short-term travel experience in Athens & Santorini

Session 1: May 12 - May 23, 2024
Session 2: May 24 - June 4, 2024

2025 Dates & Prices: Coming Soon

Epic Views

Amazing Beaches

Personal Development

Best For

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Students with a busy summer
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New travelers
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Recent grads (senior trip)!

Highlights

 12 days
  Personal development workshops & reflections​
  Tour ancient Athens & iconic blue domes of Santorini
  Embrace the Greek island cuisine and culture
  Breathtaking views
  Balance of inclusion & free time
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“When the time came to start getting my things packed for DIRECT Greece, I panicked. Would I make friends? Would I enjoy the program? Was this a mistake? Just 5 minutes after landing in Athens, Greece, I asked two girls if I could walk with them to baggage claim - now they are some of my favorite people in the world. I would recommend anyone to LeadAbroad because they truly get you out of your comfort zone. I built friendships in Greece that I will have for the rest of my life!”

— Addison Littleton, University of Mississippi

“LeadAbroad was a program that would not only allow me to experience the time of my life but also push me to better myself in ways I would’ve never imagined. I am forever changed because of this program! I find beauty in the simple things, I am more confident, I admire new cultures, and I am a better leader.”

— Hannah Steimer, University of Arkansas

Dates & Prices

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Session 1
Dates: May 12 - May 23, 2024
Program Fee: $3,800

Session 2
Dates: May 24 - June 4, 2024 
Program Fee: $3,600

2025 Dates and Prices Coming Soon!
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Overview

DIRECT Greece lets you experience the highlights of this bucket list Mediterranean country. You will travel to both Athens and Santorini with a community of like-minded peers and learn about yourself in the process. In Athens, you will visit the Acropolis and step into the rich history, culture and traditions of ancient Greece. You will enrich and broaden your perspective during our one day service project with a local community center. Then, you will hop on a ferry to Santorini and soak in the postcard views of this world-famous destination. Your time in Santorini is filled with quintessential blue domed churches, breathtaking sunsets and relaxing on incredible beaches. Along the way, the DIRECT Greece team will lead engaging workshops about your strengths, vision and values so you will return home with a stronger sense of who you are and where you want to go in life.

Next Steps

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Join the priority list!

Complete this quick form to join the 2025 priority list to have first access to dates, prices and new locations. You’ll be the first to be able to schedule a call with our team when we are back from abroad!

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Apply & Pay Deposit

Like many universities, we have rolling admissions. The sooner you apply, the better your chances of being accepted.

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Why Now

Do not miss your chance to travel during college. Join us on an adventure to discover yourself, connect with friends and come alive this summer!

Request a Sample Itinerary and Join the Priority List!

LeadAbroad makes it easy to study abroad. To learn more about our programs, fill out your information and our team will be in touch soon!

What's Included

  • Before Departure
    Pre-departure support Online orientations Personal assistance Flight recommendations and/or group flights Parental communication On campus and/or virtual program meet-ups Private social media groups for introductions and roommate matching
  • On The Ground
    Housing Welcome dinner Final dinner Leadership & personal development workshops Cape Town city tour (includes attractions like District Six Museum, Signal Hill, community gardens & historic landmarks) Table Mountain hike Cape Point tour Boulders Beach tour Community engagement & service activities International medical insurance Airport bus transfers to/from program accommodations if arriving within group window 24/7 emergency support from U.S.-based domestic team
  • After You Return
    Resume assistance References for internships, grad school and/or jobs On-campus leadership & ambassador programs Private LinkedIn & Facebook networking groups Family (Alumni) events
  • Independent Costs
    Roundtrip airfare Most meals (Note: Student apartments have private, fully equipped kitchens) Free time excursions and transportation to independent activities Optional high-adrenaline adventures (for example: skydiving, bungee jumping, quad biking, etc)
Let us do the planning so you can stress less and travel more. Your program fee covers many of the expenses of your time abroad.
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Personal Development & Service

Traveling abroad can bring a renewed sense of confidence and clarity to your life during a pivotal time. Our staff works to maximize this opportunity by facilitating personal development workshops and creating space to pause and reflect on all that you are experiencing. You will enrich and broaden your perspective during our one-day service project with a local community center. Each lesson will have a unique focus ranging from your personal strengths, practicing gratitude, creating your vision statement or identifying your values. Through guided conversations, these personal development exercises will provide an invaluable sense of purpose and direction for your life.

Ancient Athens & Corinth

We’ve designed the itinerary to maximize your time abroad as you hop between Athens and Santorini. You will step back in time in Athens seeing ancient ruins and the first Olympic stadium. You cannot visit Greece without spending time in the city. You’ll fall in love with the cobblestone paths, rooftop theaters and gelato shops around every corner. You might even decide to take a leap and bungee jump over Corinth Canal.

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Greek Islands & Santorini

Next we hop on a ferry to Santorini. When most people think of Greece, they are picturing the iconic blue domes of Oia. Oia is the only place in the world we know where everyone stops to applaud when the sun finally sets because the experience is that breathtaking. You’ll have the opportunity to hike a volcano in Santorini, visit hot springs, and take trips to world-famous attractions like the blue domes of Oia and the charming town of Fira.

Accommodations

Program accommodations are safe, comfortable and centrally located. In Athens, you will stay in a hotel in the center of town. Since there is so much to do in your week in Athens, we want to make it easy for you to explore the city with minimal transportation time. You are right in the heart of the action to shop at the Plaka markets, see a rooftop movie or eat dinner overlooking the Acropolis. Because of the number of students we have on the program, we will split students into two hotels that are about a 5 minute walk apart. In Athens, all students will be in twin rooms.

In Santorini, you will stay at a boutique hotel in an ideal location with easy access to restaurants and the best views of the island. Roommate setup will vary in Santorini but you can expect to stay in 2, 3 or 4-person rooms.
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Free WiFi
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Nearby Dining & Markets
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Front Desk Support
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