For the first time, Effect expeditions goes to Greece. You’ll be immersed in the refugee crisis in Europe, where over 13.5 million people have been forced to flee their homes. You’ll learn social issues behind the biggest refugee crisis of our time, joining forces with local engineers to create tech-focused solutions..
During this expedition, a team of volunteers will take part in a rare opportunity to see and understand the refugee crisis at a grassroots level. With many fleeing from the middle east, making their way across through Turkey and then Greece, the country has been dealing with unprecedented levels of strain.
In Greece, you’ll work with children’s nonprofit The Smile of the Child (Hamogelo), based in Athens. They are a well established local organization and have been around for over 20 years, extremely respected and loved in the community. Their work spans multiple areas including mental health, food and medical distribution, rehousing and social support. Effect Expedition volunteers will focus on unaccompanied minors and anti-human trafficking of children in Greece, understanding the issues and the biggest barriers nonprofits face in their crucial work.
The goal is to leverage each volunteer’s skills during a hackathon, where you’ll form teams and work directly with The Smile of the Child to design solutions to their problems.
Whether you are a marketer, HR, developer or have other skills, every professional background assists in making this hackathon successful!
Travel through the city of Athens visiting refugee care homes, speaking with those directly affected by the crisis, and learning about the existing solutions and failures.
Working with a team of fellow volunteers, you’ll pitch ideas, create tech-based solutions and design prototypes in a 54 hour hackathon. Coder, marketer, designer, all skills are needed to make this happen.
You’ll have the rare chance to understand the refugee crisis and its effects on Greece. Working with nonprofits and applying your everyday skills, 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.
A British native, Nicole handles Effect.org’s strategy. She started her career shaping lifestyle brands in London. After working closely with nonprofits, she knew she wanted to use her branding, marketing and strategic skills to give the silenced a voice. A writer and avid reader, she has a way with words. Nicole is big on multitasking, loves to laugh and is training for her first half marathon.
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.