Adventure - Art - Culture - Juniors Abroad at George Fox

Greece

Faculty: Robert Harder, Jeffrey Walters
Meeting time: Wednesday 6:30-9:00pm

Student Cost: $2,200

This course provides the opportunity to explore the historical and current life and culture of Greece, following the footsteps of the Apostle Paul. In the lands surrounding the Aegean Sea, civilizations have risen and fallen which have shaped world history, religion, art, and culture. Athens is the birthplace of democracy, and Greece is where the events in Homer’s Iliad and The Odyssey took place. With remote monasteries, historic ruins, three Olympic Stadiums, many beaches, and world-class vistas, visiting Greece is a rich cultural experience. The course will particularly examine the world of classical Greece, centered in Athens, as seen through the eyes of exiles. Also, Alexander the Great’s birthplace, and the beginning of Hellenization. And the New Testament era, tracing portions of the missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul through Greece. Furthermore, we will understand the rich religious practices of the Greek Orthodox and Greek Evangelical Churches. A special focus will be on the role Greece has played over millennia in the plight of refugees crossing its boarders. From as early as 62 AD to the present day, challenges of displaced persons complicated by EU policy and Greek nationalism, have placed Greece front and center on the world stage, due to its strategic location at the crossroads of asylum seekers from the Middle East and Africa. We will keep this lens handy, as we investigate both historical and Modern Greek cultures.

 

Tentative Itinerary:

Tue

5/3

Depart PDX

Flight leaves at 8:00 a.m.

Wed

5/4

Transit

Amsterdam airport stop-over

Thu

5/5

Arrive Athens, travel to Corinth

Bus to Corinth, Archaeological Museum, Temple of Apollo. Night in Tolo.

Fri

5/6

Drive to Sparta, Ancient Olympia

Museum and Olympic Stadium. Night in Olympia.

Sat

5/7

Travel to Corfu, Sites in Corfu

Night in Corfu. Paleokastritsa Monastery.

Sun

5/8

Old City of Corfu

Night in Corfu. Achillion Paleokastritsa,

Mon

5/9

Ferry to mainland

Travel to Ioannina, night in Ioannina.

Tue

5/10

Beach Day in Ioannina

Ioannina Castle, day at the lake, drive to Katerini.

Wed

5/11

Visit Phillippi (Kavala)

Night in Katerini, Baptistery of St. Lydia, Krinides River, ancient Roman Agora

Thu

5/12

Thessaloniki

Night in Katerini, Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum, White Tower.

Fri

5/13

Berea (Veria) and Vergina

Jewish quarter (Veria), Royal Tombs (w/Phillip II, father of Alexander the Great)

Sat

5/14

Meteora

Visit to the hanging monestaries of Meteora.

Sun

5/15

Delphi

Site, museum, Stadium and Pythian oracle. Night in Athens.

Mon

5/16

Day in Athens

Serving in Refugee center, Greek Evangelical Minstiries. Visit to Plaka.

Tue

5/17

Day in Athens

Acropolis/Parthanon, Mars Hill, Agora, Monastiraki.

Wed

5/18

Depart Athens, flight to Mitilini, Lesvos

Hotel Elysion (near airport), Visit Univ. of the Aegean, evening swim in Aegean.

Thu

5/19

Mitilini, Lesvos

A day with Lesvos Fisherman, Fishmarkets and Traditional Fishing Excursion

Fri

5/20

Mitilini, Moria, Kere Tempe

A day with Refugees, visit to The Hope Project, UNHCR, and refugee art projects

Sat

5/21

 Mitilini, Molyvos

Roman Aquaduct at Moria, Castle of Mithymna

Sun

5/22

 Skala Kaloni 

Bus to Kalone Bay, Limionos Monastery, Aristotle's Lagoon

Mon

5/23

Sigri

Petrified Forest of Lesvos, Ypsilou Monastery

Tues

5/24

Vatera Beach Day

Beach day with snorkeling, visit to the Hot Springs of Polychnitou

Weds

5/25

Leave Mitilini, to Athens -> PDX

return USA