Greece Service Trip Flyer
  • Description

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    Newton North students will work with Happy Caravan, an NGO in Thermopolis, Greece, to teach and support Syrian/Lebanese/Iraqi refugee children. Happy Caravan is an NGO started by a Syrian refugee whose main focus is ensuring that kids who are refugees have as normal a childhood as possible. Run out of a building at the very entrance of a refugee camp catering to families, Happy Caravan is part school, part clubhouse, run by volunteers from all over the world. The organization gives the kids a consistent stable place that’s always clean and full of warmth. 

     Students will be working in pairs if preferred, helping in running the day to day of an established school. Students will sing songs with little kids, help older kids with math and English, and teach yoga, knitting, sports, and a variety of other activities. They will also build a slide and monkey bars. During the weekends students will travel to see Delphi, the Parthenon and the Acropolis.

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  • Tentative Dates of Travel

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    April 7-20 (includes April vacation).  Students will miss one full week of school.

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  • Eligibility

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    Any Newton North junior or senior in good academic standing is eligible to apply.  Preference will be given to students with experience working with children in a babysitting or camp setting. Preference will also be given to students who have experience working in a team to accomplish a goal.

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  • Information Session

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    The information session for interested students will be held during x-block on Thursday, December 13 in Room 129. An evening information session for parents will be held on Thursday, December 20th at 6:30pm in Room 129.

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  • How to Apply

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    The Greece Service Trip application can be downloaded here. Completed applications are due to Eileen Gagarin in Room 129 no later than January 7, 2019. 

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  • Cost

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    The estimated cost for this program is $2,300.

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  • Financial Assistance

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    Financial assistance is available to all students who qualify through the Jennifer Price Global Education Leadership Fund (GELF). To apply, simply complete the Financial Aid Supplement at the back of the program application. Questions about financial aid can be directed to Newton's Global Programs Manager Samantha Mandel at mandels@newton.k12.ma.us.

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  • Contact

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    Eileen Gagarin, ceramics teacher:  gagarine@newton.k12.ma.us

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  • Location

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    Thermopolis, Greece

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