Greece and Italy Service: Island Service and Italian Adventure
$4,395 + $200 Intra Trip Flight + Airfare
Jul 7 – Jul 19
9, 10, 11, 12
|Who can go on this trip?||
Students from around the world!
Corfu, Capri, Pompeii, Sorrento, Rome
|Optional group flight there:||
Newark to Athens
|Optional group flight back:||
Rome to Newark
Spend a week on the Greek island paradise of Corfu, where we’ll bond with the local Greek community over our service projects, and soak up the sun and splash in the waves in the afternoon! We’ll spend our mornings volunteering on a farm and support center helping out the community. Projects vary and are based on need, but you may find yourself working at a food bank or clothing donation store, or even helping out with the animals on the farm, depending on what work is going on. In addition to your service work we will experience everything Corfu has to offer! Explore castles, boat around the coast to Paradise Beach, snorkel the bright blue sea on two of the most beautiful islands in the Mediterranean, enjoy a Grecian feast cooked by your own hands, and hit the best boutiques for shopping! Then it’s on to Italy to enjoy the seaside beauty of the Amalfi Coast and ancient history in Rome. Discover the ruins in Rome and Pompeii and the charming coastal town of Amalfi to see the best of these popular destinations. From fresh pasta and decadent gelato to picturesque piazzas and winding alleyways, you’ll fall in love with all things Italian as we experience a lifestyle and culture unlike any other. Join us for a spectacular island service project and Italian adventure in Greece and Italy this summer!
On this trip you will:
- Earn up to 20 hours of service working at the community support center for Greek children at an orphanage and helping out at their farm
- Explore castles, ancient ruins and Corfu city
- Snorkel, windsurf or scuba dive (optional) in crystal clear blue waters
- Dine on picturesque terraces as you watch incredible sunsets over the Ionian Sea
- Enjoy an evening filled with Greek music, dancing, and incredible food
- Cruise along the incredible Amalfi coast to the beautiful island of Capri.
- Take a tiny rowboat inside the famous and mysterious Blue Grotto
- Take a serene chairlift ride to the very top of the island of Capri for incredible views and great photo opportunities
- Explore the charming coastal town, Sorrento, and sample its famous lemon treats
- Visit Pompeii, a city frozen in time after being covered with ash from a volcanic eruption in 79 AD
- Transport yourself to ancient times as you explore the Roman Forum and the Colosseum
- Explore the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest cathedral in the world
- Learn how local artisans produce incredible wine and olive oil at a workshop
- Make a wish and throw a coin into the Trevi Fountain to ensure your future return to Rome!
- Savor the best pizza, pasta, gelato, gyros and baklava of your life!
DAY 1: GROUP FLIGHT DEPARTS FROM NEWARK, NJ
Start your European adventure as you take off from the tarmac!
DAYS 2-8: CORFU, GREECE
The trip starts on perhaps the most beautiful of the Ionian islands, Corfu, with an enriching week spent volunteering with a local charity that provides a safe community for vulnerable children. You will be directly involved in the day to day goings-on of the support center, allowing the charity to do the important work they do. Other projects might include helping out with the animals on their farm or light maintenance work. In the tropical afternoons take time to explore this beautiful island with trips to Palaiokastritsa, Paradise Beach, and the city of Corfu. Swim in the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean or even try Scuba Diving (optional), sail around the neighboring islands on a snorkel excursion and see what the expression “Grecian blue” truly means. Get your taste buds tingling during a Greek cooking class where you will learn the secret family recipes for local Corfian food and then savor your hard work!
DAYS 9-10: SORRENTO, ITALY
Ride the ferry across the Ionian Sea to Italy. Our first stop will be in Pompeii, the ancient city destroyed by the 79 AD eruption of Mt. Vesuvius, where you will wander through well-preserved ruins and gain an extraordinarily detailed insight into the everyday lives of ancient Romans. We stay in the Amalfi Coast in the picturesque town of Sorrento. During our stay here we will dine on the best pizza and pasta and explore the fabulous coastline. We will take a day trip out to the island of Capri, complete with a visit to the famous Blue Grotto! We will also enjoy a scenic chairlift ride up to the top of the island for stunning views.
DAYS 11-13: ROME, ITALY
Round out this incredible trip with some time in Rome where you’ll find amazing sights around every corner. Experience the Italian capital as you walk in the steps of Caesar in the Roman Forum, gaze in wonder at the mysterious Pantheon, see the splendour of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, be transported to a time of Gladiators and spectacular battles at the Colosseum and toss a coin into the Trevi Fountain! Finish your trip with a spectacular Roman banquet on the Appian Way, the original road in and out of Rome, to celebrate the trip of a lifetime!
Who can go on this trip? What kind of teen typically goes on this trip?
We have teens join this program from all over the world! They are typically culturally curious teens who are excited about making new friends, stepping out of their comfort zone, expanding their horizons, and trying something new.
Where do we stay?
Our hotels are specifically chosen to be in safe areas and well-suited to facilitating group supervision. We stay in centrally located accommodations, usually within walking distance of the main attractions. This means we do not use large, impersonal chain hotels on the outskirts of cities. We prefer to select smaller, family run hotels where we establish personal relationships with the owners.
We will stay in a tiny, peaceful and authentic Greek village town in Northwestern Corfu in villa-style accommodations right near the beach. In Sorrento, we stay at a beautifully appointed, highly rated hotel with a rooftop terrace just a short walk from the beach and the main square. In Rome, we stay at a great hotel near the Colosseum which is well set up for student groups, safe and in the heart of the action.
For safety reasons, we do not publish the names of the accommodations we use. We do not feel it is safe to publish the name of a hotel where a group of teenagers is staying abroad. After registering, participants and parents are given access to our secure parent website where you will be able to see the names of all of the accommodations for a trip.
Do most travelers go by themselves?
Yes, in fact over 75% of students who travel with us choose to come independently. This encourages teens to step further outside their comfort zone and make new friends. We believe that one of the most rewarding and exciting elements of travel is the new friendships that are formed along the way. If you travel by yourself, you are bound to make new friends from all over the country and even the world. The best part is, you can travel again with your new BFFs on another TFT trip the next summer!
Can I bring a friend?
Absolutely! We just ask that if you come with a friend, you and your friend(s) are still open to meeting new people and sharing this special experience with the entire group.
What do students generally like most on this program?
Students love the combination of city and beach time they get on this trip, exploring the seaside Mediterranean paradise of Sorrento and Corfu, the fascinating cities of Rome and Corfu and stepping back in time Roman days with a tour of Pompeii.
What is unique about this program?
Performing meaningful community service in a location outside your comfort zone can be one of the most rewarding experiences of our lives. With this TFT program the volunteer work performed during your time on Corfu will leave you with the memories of a lifetime and inspire you to try out even more service projects in the future!
What is included?
Ground transportation, accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners, chaperones and guides, trip related activities, trip related activity admissions, taxes and tips.
Not Included: (not intended to be an exhaustive list) Airfare, rail passes, lunches, visas & visa application fees, beverages other than tap water, activities and admissions not referenced in the itinerary or deemed not trip related such as movies, clubs and the like, expenses incurred by the participant that are outside the trip description such as damage to hotels, excess baggage fees and the like, expenses related to unforeseen circumstances such as transportation strikes, natural disasters and the like, personal and medical expenses.
How do the optional group flights work?
Upon registration, you will be contacted by our International Logistics Team to discuss this trip’s flight details. You are not required to take the group flight, although there are several advantages to doing so. The group flight is chaperoned by TFT staff, it offers an opportunity for the students to get to know each other before the trip starts, and we get preferred group flight prices on trips that have group contracts (ask for details). Parents are responsible for arranging for participants to get to the group flight airport. Travel For Teens staff are at the airport, greet arriving participants, and help them get to where the rest of the group has assembled. For more information about Flights, visit our Flights page.
Who are the counselors on the trip?
The Trip Director for every trip is a seasoned teen travel professional with extensive TFT experience. Trip Directors often live or have lived and worked in the destination country. Extensive knowledge of the language and culture of the destination is crucial. Our Senior Counselors are experienced, responsible and fun-loving individuals who our participants can share experiences with and look to for guidance and support. At Travel for Teens we pride ourselves on our rigorous staff application process and the professionalism of our full time and summer staff.
It is the job of the counselors to keep the trip fun and exciting, the learning and the laughter in good balance, and to oversee the safety of the participants. Minimum ratios are on average one staff member to every seven participants. Trips may also include one or two Junior Counselors, who are college students with a history of TFT travel, and one or more Counselors in Training (CIT’s) with limited responsibility. CIT’s are not counted in staff-participant ratios.
What are the safety qualifications for our staff?
All of our staff members attend a week long training session every May to prepare for the upcoming summer and go over safety precautions and protocols. Likewise, every counselor is CPR/First Aid certified and Trip Directors are Lifeguard certified. All staff undergo a rigorous interview process and thorough background check.
What is the average group size?
At Travel for Teens, our trips typically fall into 3 different size categories.
Small: 7-14 students where 14 is the maximum.
Medium: Average is between 14-21 students with 21 as the maximum.
Large: Trips 21-35 students. These are our largest trips.
Typically Greece and Italy: Island Service and Italian Adventure falls into the small range, but trip sizes differ from year to year.
How does this program connect to other programs?
Most of our Europe programs are designed specifically so that participants can combine them with other trips. If you are connecting to another program, your counselor will escort you to the airport on the last day of the trip and help you get to your next destination where you will meet up with your new counselors and group.
What is the food like on this trip?
In a word – Delicious! At TFT, we believe food should be an integral part of the travel experience and always make an effort to eat at authentic establishments when we can. What better way to immerse yourself in the culture of a place than by sampling the local delicacies, and we encourage students to do so whenever possible! Just as we stay away from Americanized hotel chains, we try to avoid restaurants with menus that cater only to tourists because every good traveler knows the best food is found wherever the locals are eating!
Italian food is all about fresh, simple ingredients. We’ll sample the best of the “three Ps”- pizza, pasta, and panini! Indulging in these Italian specialities for the first time is a life changing experience, and we will be there to document every minute of it as you fall in love with the fresh mozzarella, warm Italian bread, mouth watering prosciutto, and homemade pasta. Don’t forget about gelato! After your trip to Italy, no dessert will ever be the same.
The food in Greece is made from fresh, delicious and local ingredients. Enjoy the famous grilled meats and some of the most incredible seafood.Of course, we’ll also try out the famous Greek gyros, salads & the world renowned baklava!
We also love to have picnics al fresco, and do this whenever possible, which is a great way to taste some local food while sitting out in the fresh air taking in the sights and sounds of our surroundings.
As always, we are willing and able to accommodate vegetarians, vegans, gluten allergies, and other dietary restrictions.
Do I need any vaccinations for this trip?
We recommend that you check with your family doctor regarding vaccinations and medical advice for the areas you will be visiting. For more information, please check out the World Health Organization’s website www.who.int/en/.
How much free time do we get?
Our counselors are with the group nearly always. Everyday we will break up into smaller groups to give our participants some choices and flexibility in their itinerary. We do offer some free time to do some shopping, for example, in defined areas that we are very familiar with. If participants are ever shopping by themselves within these defined areas they go in groups and for no more than an hour. On this trip, the group will have some free time to explore some of the safe pedestrian areas of Kerkyra, Sorrento and Rome. There will also be plenty of time to enjoy the beaches of Sorrento and Corfu. A counselor will always be nearby when participants have free time in each city and a lifeguard certified counselor will be supervising whenever students are in the water.
What kind of Visa do you need for this trip?
Any US citizen that enters Europe is automatically granted a free 90-day tourist visa. If you are coming from somewhere outside the US, please be sure to check your country specific visa requirements.
Do I need to speak the language?
No, our skilled staff members will help you get around and even teach you a few fun phrases!