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    CYA Gap Semester-Understanding Activism, Diversity, and Equity: the Example of Greece


    • Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
    • Destinations: Greece
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Program Length: Quarter
    • Start Month: September
    • Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
    • Selective: Yes
    • Gender: Coed
    • Ages: 18, 19+, 19
    • Housing: Student Apartment
    • Minimum Cost: $5,000 - $9,999
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    CYA is offering a new Gap Year program in Greece! To all those who are interested in exploring a new culture, while learning more about activism, diversity, and equity issues, this is your opportunity to experience hands-on learning while you volunteer for a good cause.

    All health & COVID-19 safety protocols are observed. 

    Founded in 1962, CYA has nearly 60 years of experience serving the needs of students abroad in Greece. CYA is the oldest and largest independent institution in Greece exclusively devoted to studying abroad, with more than 10,000 alumni.

    The aim of this new unique ten-week program is to facilitate a fuller understanding of positive social change and the ways that people make it happen, and a greater understanding of the social context of Greece. You’ll explore the answers to questions through your volunteerism and conversations with experts, and you’ll learn more about yourself as you’re challenged with new ideas and new people. You will also learn how to keep an e-portfolio of your reflections, observations, interactive learning, theoretical knowledge, and involvement with your volunteer work, as a record of what you have learned and accomplished through this program.

    Trips to the island of Aegina, the island of Crete, Delphi and the Peloponnese will allow the broadening of perspective and expansion of worldview.

    e-Portfolio Workshop: Portfolios have always been an important component of the resumes of creative arts students. Τhey have now become a key element in the documentation of work done by all students while studying, traveling, volunteering or interning, whether at home or abroad. It is for this reason that CYA is including it in the GAP Year experience. The e-portfolio workshop, led by a member of CYA's faculty, will guide you in the process of curating and sharing your work in a portfolio that fully documents your intellectual and social development during your Gap year. In so doing, you will hone skills of selection, organization, presentation, and self-assessment, all of which are useful in many other areas of academic and professional life.

    Program Highlights

    All participants will have the opportunity to volunteer for an organization actively involved with issues related to working with refugees, protecting the environment, supporting human rights, or other similar concerns.

    Workshops with CYA faculty and guest lectures by activists working in Greece will help participants learn more about today’s most important social issues.

    Guided walks of Athens will explore the ways that activism, diversity, and the fight for equity become part of the everyday life of the city, from hip-hop culture, street poetry, graffiti and landscapes of dissent.

    Two additional week-long tours will take participants around the country to learn more of the culture and history of the country: the island of Crete, the most significant points of interest of the Peloponnese in southern Greece (Nafplion, Mycenae, Epidaurus, Messene, Sparta, and Olympia, site of the ancient Olympics), as well as the site of Delphi (the proverbial center of the world for the ancients), and the picturesque island of Aegina.

    Program Learning Outcomes

    Gain fuller understanding of Social Change and Activism via interactive learning methods Learn basic Modern Greek language.

    Learn how to create an e-Portfolio of your reflections, observations, interactive learning, theoretical knowledge, and involvement with your volunteer work, as a record of what you have learned and accomplished through this program.

    What’s Included in the Program

    Visits to sites, museums, and points of historical and cultural interest: the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum, Historical Walking tour of Athens, Graffiti Tour of Athens, guided by CYA faculty.

    Visits to landmarks and points of interest such as the Greek Parliament, the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center guided by CYA faculty.

    6-weeks participation in volunteer activities based on individual interests

    Day trip to the island of Aegina 6-day Field Trip to the Peloponnese & Delphi

    5-day Field Trip to the island of Crete

    Entrance fees to all sites and museums visited in the course of the Program

    Transportation during all trips

    Housing in CYA apartments in the residential neighborhood of Pangrati in Central Athens

    Hotel accommodations while on overnight Field Trips

    Lunch on weekdays in the CYA cafeteria while in Athens

    Breakfast daily during overnight Field Trips

    Orientation and acculturation activities such as Modern Greek language and culture classes by CYA faculty

    Health insurance by CISI (including medical treatment for COVID-19)

    Certificate following volunteer work

    Certificate following e- portfolio workshop

    Pre-departure material

    Arrival day airport meet-and-assist service

    Use of Library materials

    Free Internet access in the CYA computer lab as well as free Wi-Fi for laptop users throughout the Academic Center and in the student apartments.

    Assistance in obtaining a Greek SIM card

    Support services

    Essential Information

    The program starts and ends in Athens. Transportation from your home country to Athens and back is the responsibility of the participant. Transportation during excursions is included in the program fee.

    Enrolled participants will have access to detailed information prior to departure that will include directions to the Academic Center and other practical information about the program. CYA recommends the following websites for general information about Athens and Greece: http://www.athensguide.com/ and http://www.greektravel.com/

    Cost and Session Information

    Session: September 16, 2021 – November 23, 2021Duration of program: 10 Weeks

    Enrollment: This program requires a minimum enrollment of 5, with a maximum enrollment of 16. Participant should be at least 18 years of age when arriving in Athens.

    Program Fees: $9,950

    Program fees do not cover personal travel (including travel between home and Athens), meals other than those mentioned above, costs associated with obtaining a visa (if one is needed), personal belongings insurance, medical care not covered under the program's health insurance, personal expenses and incidentals.

    CYA, recognizing the difficult times that COVID-19 has created, has established the Fall 2021 Gap Flight Award. A student who will be accepted in the Fall 2021 Gap program, will receive $1,000 to offset the cost of the round-trip ticket to/from Athens, Greece.

    Payment Schedule

    A $300 deposit is due within 4 weeks of acceptance or the latest by May 1st. If application is submitted after May 1st, deposit must be submitted at the time of application. 

    Full payment is due by July 1st.

    All payments must be in US dollars. Checks should be made payable to ‘College Year in Athens, Inc.

    For questions on any matters concerning finances, please contact the Bursar at bursar@cyathens.org

    Cancellation Policy

    If you withdraw from the program before July 1st, all monies received will be refunded, including the $300 deposit.

    If withdrawal is between July 1st and August 15, 80% of the program fees will be refunded.

    if withdrawal is between August 16 and the official Arrival Date in Athens, 50% of the program fees will be refunded. 

    If withdrawal is after the official Arrival Date, 10% of the program fees will be refunded.