Ionian Village is a private summer camp facility of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, located on the shores of the Ionian Sea, in western Peloponnese, Greece. Over 16,000 Greek-Americans have visited the camp since its establishment in 1969.
Ionian Village operates a summer travel camp program for Greek-American youth. Each July and August, several hundred young adults in various age groups, from 12 to 18 years, fly together from New York to Athens and travel by motor coach to the camp, located near Vartholomio, west of the regional trading town of Amaliada. Volunteer staff for the camp are selected competitively from culturally and linguistically qualified Orthodox Christian college students, principally from United States.
The camp program of Ionian Village features a blend of athletics, aquatics, arts and crafts, cultural activities, Greek language education, religious instruction and travel to historical sites in Greece such as ancient Olympia, Delphi and the island of Zakynthos. Daily routine at the camp closely simulates the blend and pace of religious, recreational and cultural activities as may be experienced in a typical Greek village. Camp sessions are 18 days in length (including flight days at beginning and end), concluding with tours of the Acropolis of ancient Athens and islands in the Saronic Gulf. Travel destinations may change from session to session in order to cover a range of important religious, historical or cultural sites across the country.
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