Expedition nearly full, apply today to secure your spot. Join us as we travel to Greece, where over 60 thousand refugees currently reside after being forced to flee their homes. You’ll learn social issues behind the biggest refugee crisis of our time, joining forces with local nonprofits to create tech-focused solutions.
During the expedition, a team of volunteers will take part in a rare opportunity to see and understand the refugee crisis first-hand.
Hundreds of thousands are fleeing to Europe from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. As borders close across Europe and the globe, the influx of refugees has added to Greece’s unprecedented levels of strain.
Volunteers will learn about the crisis from those most impacted and participate in an Effect Hackathon. You’ll visit refugees living in camps, speak with locals, and collaborate with local nonprofits to create effective and innovative solutions to address the crisis. Your unique professional skills – whether in marketing, HR, development or strategic thinking, will add to the Hackathon’s collaborative and problem-solving space.
Travel through the city of Athens visiting local nonprofits, speak with those directly affected by the crisis, and learn about existing solutions and barriers.
Work with a team of fellow volunteers to create tech-based solutions and develop ideas during a Hackathon. Coding, marketing, or designing - all skills are needed to make this happen!
You’ll have the rare chance to understand the refugee crisis in Greece first-hand. Work with nonprofits and apply your everyday skills, you'll create solutions to change communities.
Working directly with Greek nonprofits and community members, you’ll help with the biggest problems they face. Nonprofits will then be given grants to implement solutions and continue their invaluable work.
Starting her career in marketing and events for corporate america, Sandy turned her attention to international development when she moved to India and scaled programs centered around Social Enterprise throughout the country. Sandy administered and created programs both helping the homeless and preventing homelessness in her hometown of Turlock, CA. Sandy has a true passion for everything India, is addicted to coffee and loves boxing, reading, and travel!
Hailing from a small town in Idaho (USA), Casey’s love of international development started at age 19, as he lead others in life changing activities in Albania for 2 years. He started Effect.org in 2010, opening a school in rural Bihar, India. Passionate about filmmaking, he produced Stolen Innocence, a documentary exposing human trafficking. In 2015, Casey led the largest volunteer group rebuilding after the Nepal earthquake. An outdoor fanatic, Casey is happiest in the mountains and loves getting out on his bicycle.
The expedition trip to Greece was transformational. I met incredible individuals that inspired me to seek new perspectives, including the others on the expedition, individuals working in the NGOs that we worked with, and the refugees that we met in the camp. I was able to see the skills I use daily at Google help passionate members of an NGO align around a shared mission and vision to change the acclimation process for refugees. Most importantly, my normal bubble was shaken, reminding me how lucky I am, and that I have a unique opportunity to use the resources and skills that I have to help others that may have all that I do.
The camp visits were a life-altering experience for me. I met some of the most honest and genuine people at these camps who, despite the extreme lack of basic amenities, welcomed me, fed me, sang with me, and shared their problems with me. On the other hand, talking to Solomon and Campfire Innovation, we learnt about the crisis from the perspective of the volunteers, discovered broad as well as specific issues that they face, and tried to help them overcome these.
This was a great trip. It was wonderful to work with the non-profits and see how technology could unlock their potential. The trip also provided important insights into the complex political, social and economic challenges gripping the region.