Project Aegean Sea:
In 2013, ISLA met with the directors and founders (the most amazing husband and wife duo ever) of Lifeguard Hellas, and lifeguard training facility in Athens Greece. Since then, ISLA’s relationship with this small school has blossomed in the most unlikely of ways.
For the first couple years, ISLA and Lifeguard Hellas set out to hold annual lifeguard exchanges, training days, and always made a point to bring international volunteers through the doors of Lifeguard Hellas at least every other summer. But starting in late 2015, ISLA volunteers were working with Lifeguard Hellas during the Syrian Refugee Crisis.
Since then our relationship is evolving once again, as ISLA plans to conduct a basic open water training course with Lifeguard Hellas. The objective will be to bring international lifeguards from around the world, and donate needed supplies to the Lifeguard Hellas group.
ISLA considers the Lifeguard Hellas group one of our oldest and closest friends. this is a great opportunity to experience Greek culture at its finest and save lives!
May 24 - May 31, 2017
Application Window: Closing Soon
Applications due: ASAP
Volunteers announced: ASAP
Get ready for another incredible project in the country of Greece!
Get ready to experience one of the most incredible countries on Earth in the best way possible: with ISLA. Since 2013 we have been sending teams to this enchanting place and working alongside the Greeks to promote water safety. When we are not working? We are right there alongside the Greeks in learning their traditional dances, or enjoying an all you can eat dinner of fresh souvlaki and greek hospitality.
Though Greece isn’t know for its big surf, Greece is famous for its water-centered events, festivals, and activities along its thousands of pristine beaches… making lifeguarding and teaching water safety an important part of their culture.
This year, ISLA will be working with the Lifeguard Hellas team to provide a three-day basic open water course for aspiring lifesavers in the region and the country. After the project, members of the team will have plenty to do and explore as we see more of the region and enjoy it with our new greek friends and volunteers from around the globe.
This is a great opportunity to visit a new place, meet incredible new friends, and share special skills that will help protect lives!
Important Dates and Project Itinerary
Late February 2017
Selected Volunteers Notified
$200 non-refundable deposit and airfare purchase due
$850 non-refundable project donation due
Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
Arrive in Athens, Greece
Preparation day for ISLA instructors
May 26 - 28
Conduct ISLA's Open Water Training Course
May 29 - 31
Travel and explore the Acropolis, and the surrounding beautiful beaches
Wednesday, May 31st, 2017
Explore in the morning, depart for home in the evening
CostISLA Project Donation:
$1,050 USDIncluded in the ISLA Project Donation:
- Lodging for the duration of the project
- Meals during Volunteer Lifeguard Portions (approximately ½ the trip)
- In-country ground transportation
- 1 Year ISLA Membership
- International Travelers Insurance for the duration of the project
- Full ISLA uniform
- Equipment donations
- Airfare to Athens, Greece (cost varies; $800-$1200 from Los Angeles)
- Visa Fee (varies by country)
- Optional extended travel
*There is no language requirement for this project, although lifeguards who are bilingual in Greek and have training experience will be given priority in the application process.
Apply for this project!
The application period for this project is currently Open. Our open project application periods are announced individually throughout the year via our email newsletter. Volunteer selection is HIGHLY competitive, so it's best to apply as soon as the project application opens. Sign up for the ISLA newsletter to ensure you don't get left behind!
What Do Past ISLA Volunteers Have To Say?
- Vasili Pleqi
- Rocky Lizarraga
- Patty Lanham
- Dr. Justin Sempsrott
- Hannah Wrenn
- Elisa Finan
- David Wagner
- Tyler Erwin
- Travis Bjorndal
- Steven Vaughan
- Simon Lewis
- Shane Knowles
- Ross Monroe
- Pete Eich
- Olin Patterson
- Nathalie Vallieres
- Natalie Taylor
- Morgan McGowan
- Miguel Baez
- Lucas Suarez
- Lily Patterson
- Killian Rose
- Julie Reyes
- Jordan Hill
- Jenalea Cree
- Jeff Hart
- Henry Reyes
- Grace Hamilton
- Devyn Bisson
- Ariel Crocker
- Andrew Doug
- Alexis Fender
- Alex Cherewka
- Taylor Anderson
- Taylor McGowan
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