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Greece: Uniting Cultures Around Animal Welfare

Greece, Europe

from $2,795* per person 11 Days May
Comfort accommodations Exertion level: 3
Operator: inside/out Adventures 12 people max
  • Athens, greece
  • Volunteer Vacations trips
This trip is a rewarding hands-on experience in making a difference in the lives of animals and the people who help them. Despite the conditions that exist for dogs in Greece, you will be uplifted by the tangible opportunity to make an impact. You will spend the first part of your trip volunteering together with locals at KAZ, an incredible animal shelter and rehabilitation facility near Athens, working on shelter improvements, and then travel to Ioannina in northern Greece to continue the educational work we began in 2009. Efforts in Ioannina will be focused on a leaflet campaign with the local university population but may also include other assistance work, such as spay/neuter, vaccinations, microchipping, care for sick or injured dogs and feeding programs.

Our contacts all speak English so there is no need to be concerned about a language barrier. No special skills or knowledge are required for the assistance projects. Anyone who has a desire to help is welcome. If you do have special skills in any of these areas, we can find additional ways of incorporating those into the project.

Following our work in Ioannina, we will embark on an adventure tour of the beautiful mountainous region, sampling activities in the local area, ripe with opportunities in trekking, rafting, sea kayaking/canoeing, culture and history. The area is known for its rich history, geographic variety and spectacular scenery. Historic regions offer a rare glimpse of life in ancient Greece. We will be joined on our adventure by local guides who have explored the area extensively throughout their lives and have an intimate knowledge of the landscape.

Ioannina is in the Zagoria region, a magnificently beautiful part of the country. While foreigners vacation in the islands, the Greeks vacation in Zagoria. It is an amazingly beautiful part of the country and offers a different perspective on Greece than the highly touristed areas.

When we return to Athens, we will have an amazing group dinner with animal welfare advocates in the Athens region to be inspired by their commitment and ongoing tireless efforts to make change in their own country.

You may also have the opportunity to adopt a dog from Greece or to transport rescue dogs to homes in your country of residence.

A portion of proceeds from the trip will also be earmarked for the projects. We also welcome donations below. We've been able to donate veterinary supplies with past donations and continue to work toward providing additional veterinary supplies and other desperately needed items.

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Greece, Europe

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Itinerary

FRI 5/20/11 -- Arrive in Athens, meet local animal welfare advocates and visit KAZ shelter
Overnight in Porto Rafti district of Marcopoulo near Athens

SAT 5/21/11 -- Participate in Project at KAZ shelter
Overnight in Porto Rafti district of Marcopoulo near Athens

SUN 5/22/11 -- Participate in Project at KAZ shelter
Overnight in Porto Rafti district of Marcopoulo near Athens

MON 5/23/11 -- Participate in Project at KAZ shelter
Overnight in Porto Rafti district of Marcopoulo near Athens

TUE 5/24/11 -- Travel to Ioannina, meet animal welfare workers
Overnight in Kastro district of Ioannina

WED 5/25/11 -- Participate in Project in Ioannina, doing educational and informational work
Overnight in Kastro district of Ioannina

THU 5/26/11 -- Flat water kayak in Lake Pamvotida (brief lesson provided prior) with lunch on an island and a monastery visit
Leaflet distribution at university
Overnight in Kastro district of Ioannina

FRI 5/27/11 -- 1/2 day Rafting on Voidomatis River
Short trek from Ano Kildonia to Papingo
Overnight in Papingo

SAT 5/28/11 -- Trek from Papingo to Vikos, soak in mineral pools
Overnight in Papingo

SUN 5/29/11 -- Travel to Athens, Dinner in Athens with animal welfare workers in the Athens and surrounding areas
Overnight in Athens

MON 5/30/11 -- Send off or extra day in Athens

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