Ionian Village 2009 Registration Open,
Spaces Filling Fast

NEW YORK - Ionian Village has announced the opening of the 2009 Registration and is preparing for its 39th season. Ionian Village is the travel abroad summer camp program of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. It combines the classic elements of a youth camp program with excursions to some of Greece's most important religious and cultural sites.

Each three-week session offers Greek Orthodox teens from all over the United States an inspiring, educational, and often life-changing experience of Orthodoxy and Hellenism. Teens are eligible to register once they have completed the 7th grade, and may register through the summer following their senior year of high school.

Registration includes round trip airfare from New York to Greece, three square meals a day, three nights stay at the Metropolitan Hotel in Athens, transportation, and entrance to a number of museums, archeological sites, churches and monasteries.

Ionian Village maintains a seven to one camper/staff ratio, and is also staffed by medical professionals. Campers and staff members will make excursions to the churches of St. Dionysios on Zakinthos, St. Gerasimos on Kefalonia and St. Nektarios on Aegina. They will ascend to the heights of Meteora's cliff side monasteries, and hike to the summit of the Acropolis. In all, participants will explore over fourteen destinations, visiting churches, museums, monasteries, archeological sites, Greece's metropolitan cities and traditional Greek villages.

On non-travel days (about every other day), campers will rotate through four daily educational sessions: Athletics, Orthodox Life (a catechetical discussion period), Music and Greek Culture, and Arts and > Crafts. Under the careful eye of certified lifeguards, campers enjoy a daily free swim period on the Ionian Sea. Each evening, a variety of activities is planned for campers to interact with each other, whether it be a dance, skit night, or campfire on the beach. To learn more and register, visit, call the Ionian Village office

(Posting date 23 January 2009)

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