During the expedition, your team of volunteers will take part in a rare opportunity to see and understand the refugee crisis. Only 2 open slots now available for June Greece expedition. If these dates don’t work for you we’ve now opened an additional expedition in August. See here.
Hundreds of thousands are fleeing the Middle East to Europe. The influx of refugees has added to Greece’s unprecedented levels of strain.
Effect Expedition volunteers participate in a Hackathon and work with local nonprofits to create effective and innovative solutions to address this crisis. Your unique professional skills – whether in marketing, HR, development or strategic thinking, will add to the Hackathon’s collaborative and problem-solving space.
Contribute your skills and help make this a successful Hackathon for the nonprofits and the refugees they serve!
Travel through the city of Athens visiting local nonprofits, speaking with those directly affected by the crisis, and learning about the existing solutions and barriers.
Working with a team of fellow volunteers, you’ll present ideas, 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. Working with nonprofits and applying 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!
Shoshanna began her career as a publicist and band manager for musicians and artists across the U.S. and abroad. Her passion for social justice eventually brought her to work with organizations centered on immigration, education and equity issues. Shoshanna really loves traveling, she has been to over 15 countries, with many more trips on the horizon! Shoshanna holds a B.A. in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Outside of work, Shoshanna enjoys spending her free time hiking with her friends and pup!
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.