"It is easy to get stuck in the routines of our everyday lives, mindlessly complaining about the traffic, or how long our reading assignment for class is, or not getting enough sleep. But when you experience the amount of joy that radiates from every single individual at a shelter like this, you forget about the petty things in life,"
Rachael Bittick (Athens Hope Cafe)- University of Michigan
We help dozens of students to arrange volunteer or internship experiences; CYA students have done everything from volunteering in law firms to serving at local soup kitchens and assisting beekeepers.
Volunteering is a great way to gain experience and build friendships and networks while in Athens. CYA is also a Bonner Approved study abroad program, which means Bonner Leaders & Scholars are able to satisfy their required community service through study abroad at CYA in Greece.
Opportunities for volunteering cover many different areas, including: refugee aid, soup kitchens, environmental groups, animal welfare, special needs education, film and theater, writing and editing, libraries, museums, art galleries, kindergartens, marketing and advertising, and various non-profit organizations. Internships at some organizations may be arranged as part of specific courses.
Click here to read our student volunteer stories
We offer a fantastic in-house opportunity for students interested in building their portfolio, knowledge, and skills in digital media and communications. Applications for the CYA Media Lab Internship are open to all CYA students prior to the beginning of each semester, and application deadlines are announced beforehand.
Click here for more Information about the CYA Media Lab Internship
CYA has a strong network of contacts in Athens. Below are details of just some of the organizations with which we collaborate and some of the opportunities on offer.
NGO - Volunteering in the clothing donation center
At the American School of Classical Studies
Volunteering with the community and athletes during the race
Environment, ecology and climate change projects
Environment and animal-related projects
Preserving cultural heritage in Greece
Teaching English to immigrants and refugees, working in soup kitchen
Intern in social media and museum studies
Soup Kitchens and community work helping the disadvantaged
Students work with refugees, in hospitals, and in soup kitchens
The Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research
Migration, asylum seeker and human rights projects
The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy
Help save the Mediterranean sea turtles
Baking sweets at a local Pangrati bakery
Journalism and writing for an Athenian English-language magazine
Promising students can apply for the ASCSA summer excavation in the Athenian Agora
Feeding the hungry in Athens
a grass-roots organization redefining Greece by confronting prevailing misconceptions