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Ionian Village Prepares for Summer 2002

New York, NY: Ionian Village is a unique summer camp and travel program located in Greece and operated by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Last year, over 300 young people from across the nation participated in the Ionian Village Program.

While spending nearly three weeks living in the Greek countryside on the Ionian Sea, the young people who attend Ionian Village are immersed in the culture and faith of their homeland. Through travels to ancient Olympia, ancient Delphi, Cape Sounion, the Acropolis and other important sites, they gain a greater appreciation of the rich history of one of the world’s greatest ancient civilizations.

Their journeys also take them to many sites of religious significance in Greece. The young people journey to Zakynthos to witness the miracle of Saint Dionysios and learn of his life. They venerate the icon of the Theotokos by St. Luke the Evangelist at Mega Spileon Monastery. The campers visit the island of Aegina where St. Nektarios, canonized in 1961, lived his ministry. In Patras, they visit the magnificent Church of St. Andrew and venerate his relics and the X-shaped cross on which he was crucified. Through their experiences, the young people are inspired as they witness the lives and miracles of these Saints.

Ionian Village offers three exciting programs: Summer Travel Camp, for ages 12-15; Byzantine Venture for ages 16-18; and Spiritual Odyssey for young adults, 19 and older.

Ionian Village is also actively recruiting for talented and committed Orthodox Christian young people to work in the following areas: Arts and Crafts, Athletics, Music and Greek Culture, Orthodox Life, Lifeguards (certification required) and nurses and doctors for the Infirmary (RN or MD required). Staff members must be dedicated Orthodox Christians, 21 years of age or older by June 24, 2002 and available to work from June 24 to August 15, 2002. For more information on Ionian Village or on becoming a staff member please contact 212-570-3534 or email us at [email protected]