Study & Volunteer on a Teaching Farm on the Mediterranean...what's not to love?
IPSL’s academic home in Greece is Perrotis College, also known as the American Farm School. This unique program is perfect for students interested in agriculture, animal husbandry, animal welfare, biology, veterinary medicine, horticulture, food science technology, environmental systems management and international agribusiness; all would benefit greatly from the experience to study and volunteer doing real, hands-on work in these fields.
The language of instruction is English – a lingua franca because the American Farm School was founded by Americans to serve students from the Balkan Countries who speak numerous languages. So, IPSL students study and serve alongside Greek, Albanian, Macedonian, Serbian, Croatian and other European and international students.
Perrotis College is situated on unique rural acreage just outside of the bustling urban center of Thessaloniki and houses a state of the art-of-the-art Educational Dairy and Milk Processing Training center that includes a Holstein Friesian dairy herd that is ranked among the top 10% in the world and from which students help produce and market prize-winning dairy products. The college also houses a newly created on-campus elementary school dedicated to exposing children to environmental education through experiential-learning.
The American Farm School has a long history of experiential-learning and sustainable-living and utilizes a blend of theory and practical experiences in outdoor classrooms, dairies, poultry farms, vineyards, fruit and olive orchards, vegetable gardens, greenhouses, field crop acreage and state-of-the-art science laboratories to give each student a hands-on education like no other.
We'd do the IPSL program in Greece in a heartbeat! But, don't take our word for it; hear and read what alumni have to say!
"I fell in love with Thessaloniki in a way that I have never loved before. Wandering around the city was healthy, exhilarating, and aligned with my desire to adventure. My study abroad experience was split between three places: Perrotis College, downtown Thessaloniki, and my home in Panorama. Perrotis College is a great place to study agriculture. My service-learning placement was at ARSIS. ARSIS is an NGO that partners with homeless street children located in downtown Thessaloniki. I taught art lessons and supported an English teacher during her English lessons. I lived with an awesome family in Panorama. My host mom Maria became my closest friend while I was abroad. She constantly supported me. We had a lot of fun.
One of my favorite travel experiences in Greece was exploring the anarchist district in Athens. I would recommend the program to anyone who is interested in agriculture, loves to explore, is politically conscious, and does not mind riding the bus." Becca R. - Seattle
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