Greece

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Week 1

Students will arrive in Greece and staff will be at the airport to greet them and bring them back to Congo Palace where they will check into their hotel rooms and get settled.

4:00-6:00pm Mini-Orientation

  • Students will receive a quick overview of the rules for the program and recommendations for dinner

Time is TBD Community Leaders

  • Upon arrival there will be our first meeting in the staff room

6:30am-8:45am Breakfast

  • Breakfast is available daily in the lobby of Congo Palace

9:00am-12:00pm Official Welcome

  • Video, staff into, overview of the day, rules and protocols, curriculum intro, Greek phrases

7:15pm-10:00pm Cultural Welcome Dinner

  • Dinner provides a unique Grecian dining experience. Famously warm hospitality, traditionally Greek cuisine, and a breathtaking sunset, which serves as a wonderful backdrop for group photo creates an unforgettable first dinner in Athens
  • Dinner will be provided, students will purchases alcohol/beverages individually
  • If you have any dietary restrictions please let the program staff know

Group 1: Ancient Corinth and Corinth Canal

Ancient Corinth was a thriving city of commerce with a population of 90,000 people in 400 BC and was occupied from as early as 6500 BC. Students will spend half of the day exploring the ancient city and half facing their fears as they have the opportunity to bungee jump over the Corinth Canal.

8:30am-5:00pm

  • Students meet at 8:30am in lobby of Congo Palace to board buses for Ancient Corinth

What to bring:

  • 50 euros for bungee, 10 euro for GoPro video and 10 euro for t-shirt (CASH ONLY)
  • Money for lunch
  • Camera
  • Blue Book (if Printz thinks necessary)
  • Sunscreen
  • Water/snacks
  • Wear comfortable clothes (leggings/shorts/t-shirt)
  • Ride to Corinth is about 1.5 hours
  • Eat breakfast before
  • Students must weight 100-230lbs to bungee

Group 2: Museum Tour, Plaka and Acropolis 8:30am-5:00pm

Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world and the birthplace of Greek mythology and modern democracy. It has a plethora of examples of how leaders have used their influence to shape society. Walking through the ancient ruins gives students an opportunity to finds parallels between challenges leaders faced thousands of years ago and those of today.

8:20am-5:00pm

  • Students meet in lobby at 8:20am to depart for Acropolis Museum

What to bring/wear:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • No skirts
  • Camera/sunscreen/money for lunch and shopping in Plaka
  • Rain jacket if it looks like it may rain
  • Water bottle

What you will see today:

  • Acropolis Museum
  • Acropolis
  • Lunch in Plaka
  • Changing of the Guards
  • Olympic Stadium
  • Temple of Zeus

6:45am-8:45am Breakfast

9:00am-12:30am Class

  • Bring blue books, pen/pencil, water

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Group 2: Ancient Corinth and Corinth Canal

Ancient Corinth was a thriving city of commerce with a population of 90,000 people in 400 BC and was occupied from as early as 6500 BC. Students will spend half of the day exploring the ancient city and half facing their fears as they have the opportunity to bungee jump over the Corinth Canal.

8:30am-5:00pm

  • Students meet at 8:30am in lobby of Congo Palace to board buses for Ancient Corinth

What to bring:

  • 50 euros for bungee, 10 euro for GoPro video and 10 euro for t-shirt (CASH ONLY)
  • Money for lunch
  • Camera
  • Blue Book (if Printz thinks necessary)
  • Sunscreen
  • Water/snacks
  • Wear comfortable clothes (leggings/shorts/t-shirt)
  • Ride to Corinth is about 1.5 hours
  • Eat breakfast before
  • Students must weight 100-230lbs to bungee

Group 1: Museum Tour, Plaka and Acropolis 8:30am-5:00pm

Athens is one of the oldest cities in the world and the birthplace of Greek mythology and modern democracy. It has a plethora of examples of how leaders have used their influence to shape society. Walking through the ancient ruins gives students an opportunity to finds parallels between challenges leaders faced thousands of years ago and those of today.

8:20am-5:00pm

  • Students meet in lobby at 8:20am to depart for Acropolis Museum

What to bring/wear:

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • No skirts
  • Camera/sunscreen/money for lunch and shopping in Plaka
  • Rain jacket if it looks like it may rain
  • Water bottle

What you will see today:

  • Acropolis Museum
  • Acropolis
  • Lunch in Plaka
  • Changing of the Guards
  • Olympic Stadium
  • Temple of Zeus

6:30am-8:45am Breakfast

Free day – students will have the freedom to explore Athens today. Staff will post more recommendations on the Facebook wall

  • Recommendations:
    • Lake Vouliagmeni
    • Syntagma Square
    • Beach

Week 2

6:30am-8:45am Breakfast

  • Students will have a free day to explore Athens

6:00pm-7:00pm Community Leader Meeting

  • Community Leaders and Service Leaders will meet in lobby of Congo Palace

 

6:30am-8:45am Breakfast

9:00am-12:00pm Class

  • Students will get an introduction to the service project and community we are going to be working in
  • Bring blue books and pen

6:30am-8:30am Breakfast

8:30am-1:30pm Service Project

Service learning is not just a core component of the curriculum, but core to the purpose and foundation of LeadAbroad. We have a fundamental belief that there is no better way to connect with locals than through service. In addition, service does powerful things for groups. We say that there are only three ways that deep, authentic relationships can form – 1. Shared experiences, 2. Serving together and 3. The invitation/opportunity to be vulnerable.

  • Service Leaders meet with program staff in the lobby at 8:00am to leave for service
  • Students meet in lobby at 8:30am to board buses to service project

What to bring/wear

  • Leggings/shorts/sleeved shirts – no tank tops/closed toed shoes
  • No valuables
  • No camera

1:30pm-4:00pm Lunch Break and Rest

4:00pm-6:00pm Class 

  • Bring blue books, pen, water

6:30am-8:45am Breakfast

8:30am-1:30pm Service Project

  • Meet in lobby at 8:30am to board buses for service project

What to bring/wear:

  • Leggings/shorts/sleeved shirts – no tank tops/closed toed shoes
  • No valuables
  • No camera

1:30pm-4:00pm Lunch break and rest

4:00pm-6:00pm The No Project Guest Speaker: Judy Boyle (DO NOT BE LATE) 

Students will learn from Judy Boyle on human trafficking

What to bring/wear:

  • NO workout clothes
  • Dress nice (Jeans, nice shirt, dress, etc)
  • Blue book, pen, water
  • Money to buy a No Project T-shirt (all money goes directly to the foundation)

 

 

6:30am-8:30am Breakfast

8:30am-1:30pm Service Project

  • Meet in lobby at 8:30am to load buses

What to bring/wear:

  • Leggings/sleeved shirts – no tank tops/closed toed shoes
  • No valuables
  • No camera

1:30pm-4:00pm Lunch break and rest

4:00pm-6:00pm Class

  • Class in conference room of Congo Palace
  • Bring blue books, pen, water

6:30am-8:30am Breakfast

8:30am-1:30pm Service Project

  • Meet in lobby at 8:30am to load buses for service project

What to bring/wear:

  • Leggings/sleeved shirts – no tank tops/closed toed shoes
  • No valuables
  • No camera

1:30pm-3:00pm Lunch at Fish Cafe

The Fish Cafe is a popular hostel and restaurant located in the heart of the city. We will take transportation from the service project and go directly to the Fish Café for lunch.

  • Turn in lunch order to Program Staff before
  • Menu: Taziki, bread, choice of fish and chips, burger, chicken quesadilla, veggie burger, fries and fruit

4:00pm-6:30pm Class in Congo Palace

  • Bring blue books, pen, water

 

5:30am Travel to Santorini

  • Meet in lobby at 5:30am to load buses for Santorini

What you need to know:

  • DO NOT BE LATE. The ferry will leave with or without us.
  • Assigned seats
  • You will receive your ferry ticket on the bus
  • When boarding the ferry you will store your luggage on the bottom floor, tell them you are going to Fira (Santorini) – keep note of where you left your luggage because you will be picking it up on the way out
    • Lock your bags
    • Bring valuables with you (passport, computer, wallet)
  • Restaurants on the ferry to buy snacks
  • Do not leave valuable unattended
  • Usually about 8 hours
  • Santorini is the 4th and final stop
    • As we are approach our stop – all students will need to gather in the base of the boat – look for staff
    • Once they lower the doors there is only is only a few minutes to get luggage and get off the boat – Pay attention and stay together
  • Once off the boat, check in with designated staff member
  • We will load buses and travel to the hotel

Arrival at Hotel:

  • Mini-Orientation
  • Room keys and check in

 

 

Week 3

6:30am-10:00am Breakfast

10:00am-10:00pm Volcano Tour, Hot Springs & Oia

The volcano tour will give students an opportunity to see the island from every angle.

What to bring:

  • Water/snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable shoes for Volcano hike
  • Camera
  • Bathing Suit (dark colored because of the hot springs)
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes for Oia
  • Money for lunch and dinner

What you will do today:

  • Volcano hike
  • Swim to hot springs
  • Lunch at Fisherman’s village
  • Ride a donkey to Oia

Meeting place:

  • After sunset, students will meet staff at the clock tower/church at the top of the hill to the left

6:30am-10:00am Breakfast

6:00pm-9:00pm White Door Theatre

The White Door Theatre is an engaging performance and dinner experience that takes students back in time to witness first hand a Greek Wedding. Salads and appetizers will be served as students are invited to join the performers on stage.

  • Meet in lobby of Haroula at 6:00pm to walk to White Door Theatre together

What to wear/bring:

  • Appropriate dinner clothes (dress, romper, tank top, shorts, jeans, white jeans, collared shirt for men, etc)
  • Bring money for wine (5 euros per table) – Must order before the show

6:30am-8:30am Breakfast

8:30am Hotel Checkout

  • All students meet in lobby with luggage and hotel keys to check out

Catamaran – Look out for announcements about this!

5:00pm Ferry to Crete

  • DO NOT BE LATE. The ferry will leave with or without us.
  • High speed ferry – take seasick medicine or have it with you
  • Assigned seats
  • You will receive your ferry ticket on the bus
  • When boarding the ferry you will store your luggage on the bottom floor – keep note of where you left your luggage because you will be picking it up on the way out
    • Lock your bags
    • Bring valuables with you (passport, computer, wallet)
  • Do not leave valuables unattended
  • 2 hours
  • Crete is the 1st stop – Heraklion
    • As we are approach our stop – all students will need to gather in the base of the boat – look for staff
    • Once they lower the doors there is only is only a few minutes to get luggage and get off the boat – Pay attention and stay together
  • Once off the boat, check in with designated staff member
  • We will load buses and travel to the hotel

Mini-Orientation upon arrival to hotel

6:30am-10:00am Breakfast in lobby

8:30am Meet in Lobby

8:40am Walk to Meeting Space

9:00am-12:00pm Exemplary Model Leadership and Situational Leadership Model

  • Bring blue book, pen, water/snacks

6:30am-10:00am Breakfast

8:30am Meet in lobby

8:40am Walk to meeting space

9:00am-12:00pm Understanding Identity

  • Bring blue book, pen, water/snacks

During our time in Crete, we have the opportunity to hike the largest gorge in all of Europe. Students are able to use their strengths as they encourage others during this challenging shared experience.

5:00am Meet in breakfast room to depart for the Samaria Gorge

5:00am-10:00pm Samaria Gorge 

What to know:

  • If any student does not feel that they are physically able to complete the hike they need to tell the staff ASAP so we can plan accordingly
  • 3+ hour bus ride to gorge
  • Program Director will give you Samaria Gorge ticket on the bus – keep this with you the entire time
  • Wear layers and tennis shoes
  • Bring LOTS of water and snacks
  • Get a good nights sleep
  • You will need money for lunch + 2 Euro for the van ride from the end of the gorge to the port
  • You finish the hike when you get to the area where the attendant takes your ticket and you arrive at a store with ice cream and orange juice. Continue walking 2 meters until you arrive at the port. If you are tired you can take the mini bus for 2 euro down to the port.

Ferry Information: 

  • Meet staff at the port 45 minutes before departure (Terra or Calypso – will designate the day of) to get ferry ticket
  • You can relax at the port until the ferry departs – use the bathrooms here before the ferry
  • Get off at the 2nd stop – Sfakia
  • When you get off the boat, veer left until you hit the restaurants called Delfini and then you go up the stairs on the right to where all the buses are located – do this quickly so we can beat all of the traffic

 

Week 4

6:30am-10:00am Breakfast

Free Day

6:00pm-7:00pm Community Leader Meeting in breakfast room at Galaxy Villas

6:30am-8:30am Breakfast

8:30am Meet in breakfast room

8:40am Walk to meeting space for class

9:00am-12:00pm Overcoming Obstacles and Emotional Intelligent Leadership

  • Bring blue books, pen, water/snacks

Tuesday, May 15: Orientation and City Tour

  • 9:00-12:00 Orientation in Lagoon View (first floor meeting space, follow far left hall to the dead end and then go to the right)
    •  During orientation we will do an overview of the program, rules and optional adventures overview
  • 12:30-5:15 City Tour
    • Box lunch provided
    • Where comfortable shoes
    • Bring your camera and bottled water
  • 6:45-9:30 Welcome Dinner at Moyo

What will I see today?

  • District Six Museum
  • Camps Bay
  • Lion’s Head
  • Table Mountain
  • Green Point
  • City Bowl

Did you know?

Thought of the day

6:30am-8:30am Breakfast

8:30am Meet in breakfast room

8:40am Walk to meeting space

9:00am-12:00pm Class

  • Bring blue book, pen, water/snacks

9:15-10:00 Adventure sign-up in lobby

10:00-5:00 Cape Point and Boulders Beach

  • Box lunch provided
  • Bring money for snacks and camera
  • Great photo ops throughout the day, but best to wear comfortable shoes that are easy to walk in

What you will see today

  • African Penguins
  • One of the Southern most tips of Africa

Did you know?

Thought of the day

 

6:30am-8:30am Breakfast

8:30am Meet in breakfast room

8:40am Walk to meeting space

9:00am-12:00pm Global Leadership and Needs in your Community

  • Bring blue book, pen, water/snacks

6:30am-8:30am Breakfast

8:30am Meet in breakfast room

8:40am Walk to meeting space

9:00am-11:00am The Journey Home

  • Bring blue book, pen, water/snacks

 

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6:30am-8:30am Breakfast

8:30am Meet in breakfast room

8:40am Walk to meeting space

9:00am-12:00pm Application is Everything & Gratitude

  • Bring blue book, pen, water/snacks

 

6:30am-10:00am Breakfast

Free Day

7:00pm-11:00pm Final Dinner Celebration

  • Meet around pool of Galaxy Villas at 7pm to load buses for dinner
  • Superlatives
  • Certificates
  • Student/Staff Speeches
  • Student Sign out

Group 1: 

  • 3:30am Bus to airport

Group 2:

  • 5:00am Bus to airport

Add-On 

Arrival of the group at Rome FCO Airport. Our English speaking tour leader will await at the arrivals inside the airport with a signboard showing the group’s name. Departure by private coach towards Rome city. Accommodation at Hotel Laurentia.

Our English speaking guide will wait for the group at the hotel. Departure for a walking guided tour of Rome (about 3 hours). During the visit the group will see the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and Piazza Campo de’ Fiori.

At the end of visit, return on foot in hotel. Dinner in Hotel (drinks not included). Overnight in Rome.

Breakfast in hotel and departure for a half day guided tour of Coliseum. Appointment with our English speaking guide at Coliseum and begin the private guided visit (entrance fee included). After lunch departure by private coach towards Sorrento. Arrival at the Hotel Britannia. Dinner at leisure and overnight in Sorrento.

Breakfast in hotel and departure for a full day tour of Capri.

Pick up in hotel by minibus and transfer to Sorrento port. Here our local English speaking guide will wait the group to take the hydrofoil from Sorrento to Capri (the crossing during about 25 minutes).

At arrival at Capri, departure by minibus or speedboat towards the Blue Grotto. Upon arrival at the cave transshipment in small rowing boats (4 for each boat) and visit of the cave. Continuation to Anacapri, where the group will have lunch at local restaurant.

After lunch, visit of the “Monte Solaro” in chairlift and descent to Capri center, with visit of the square and free time available for eventual shopping.

Return to the Capri port and departure by hydrofoil to Sorrento port. Transfer by minibus from Sorrento port to your hotel. Dinner at leisure and overnight in Sorrento.

Breakfast in hotel and departure by private coach towards Positano. Here the group will have free time to visit the city (no guide), lunch at leisure. After lunch, return by private coach to hotel in Sorrento. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner at leisure and overnight in Sorrento.

Breakfast in hotel and check out. Departure by private coach towards Roma. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner in hotel (drinks not included). Overnight in Rome.

Breakfast in hotel and check out. Departure by private coach towards FCO Airport to take your flight.