Athens Study Trip: Human Rights, Diversity and Civic Engagement


When: October 4-11, 2015

Where: Athens, Greece

Humanity in Action hosted a study trip in Greece in the fall 2015 for university students, recent graduates and young professionals. The goal of the study trip was for participants to learn, discuss and better understand the contemporary dynamics and discourses of Greek society and the influence of the economic crisis on Greek political life and social affairs. This program focused on human rights, democracy and diversity as well as on civic engagement. It took place in Athens and was open to Greek university students and recent graduates as well as to Humanity in Action Fellows and Senior Fellows from any country.

Participants in this one-week study trip explored the impact of the economic crisis on Greek society as well as on minority and marginalized groups such as immigrants, refugees, Roma or members of the LGBT community. The program created an international learning experience and a platform for constructive exchange and dialogue. It included a mix of lectures, discussions and meetings with civil society leaders as well as skills-building workshops. Participants learned from academics, practitioners and activists and from each other in a forward looking and respectful learning environment. Through this study trip, Humanity in Action provided an environment of networking and skills building for young professionals seeking to address social issues in their home communities.

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Humanity in Action selected a total of 30 individuals to participate in the program. Fifteen participants were recruited from Greece. Fifteen participants were selected from within the Humanity in Action community of Fellows and Senior Fellows. Fellows and Senior Fellows from all years and countries were eligible to apply.

Humanity in Action required all participants to develop and implement an activity after the study trip that reflects the learning experience from the program in their home community.

For members of the Humanity in Action network, applications to attend this program were due August 16, 2015.

For students and recent graduates from Greece, applications to attend this program were due August 23, 2015.



Thank you!

This project was generously supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.


This project was also supported by the Germeshausen Foundation.