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All Year: July, August 2016
Area (ha): 28 hectares
Persons: 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 47801
Country: Greece

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Last Updated: May 24, 2016

This is the only life-sharing community in Greece, where adults with developmental disabilities live, work and spend their free time together with their caregivers. The community was created in 1992 in Galaxidi, and was immediately recognized as a Charitable Institution by the Greek State.

All our residents are Greek, and for most of them, this has become their home for the rest of their lives. Our staff and volunteers are attracted from all corners of Greece and the world and are united by their wish to grow and contribute to this truly diverse community.
Regular work in our workshops and our gardens, a rich cultural and social life and the building of family-like warmth, all contribute to the development and well–being of each member and the entire community.

We want volunteers to help in the daily life activities of the community: working alongside with the residents in the workshops and helping with the household jobs. We want volunteers to also take part in activities such as swimming and outings in the local area plus activities within our community for the evening time such as dancing, baking, sport, art, music.

The travellers they are benefited by living in our community in a lot of ways. They realize that even if people look very different from one another, there are always elements that unites them and through them they can create close relationships. They acquire the ability to coexist with people from different countries and with different capabilities. After living here, their opinion on people with disabilities change and they gain more respect for all people. They can now see the person behind the disability, which will accompany them the rest of their lives.

In the workshops they acquire specialized knowledge (pottery, gardening, jewelry), as well as in the leisure activities depending on the interest from their part. Of course learning a new language is an important asset and opens horizons and way of thinking.

Because of the nature of our work that has to do with taking care of people with disabilities, we want stable volunteers. So we need volunteers to commit for two months.

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