Trip Details

Get familiarised with the customs, culture, surroundings and more of this rich and ancient country.

This action-packed week will be filled with workshops, language lessons, markets and sightseeing! Through these activities, you will begin to get acquainted to this country and its culture, an important step into making your experience more enriching.

The week will be action-packed. Your schedule will include:

Cyprus: Culture, habits, customs, history, social issues, are some of the topics that we will introduce you through group discussions, lectures, visits, outings.

Language Lessons: A first contact with an Cypriot language and you will learn a few phrases to get by in Cypriot languages. We will start by teaching you only one! Do not forget that English is widely spoken all throughout the country.

Projects: An overview of the projects and an explanation and presentation of your  placement.

Local sightseeing and meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit the market places and natural sites in groups or individually during free time.

 

Trip Itinerary

Group games and discussions will be the style of operating of our coordinators at the orientation week to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic as possible.

Monday

  • Breakfast
  • Introduction to Cyprus
  • Lunch
  • Site Seeing
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Tuesday

  • Breakfast
  • Language Lesson
  • Lunch
  • Market Visit
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Wednesday 

  • Breakfast
  • Site Seeing
  • Lunch
  • Volunteer project discussion
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Thursday

  • Breakfast
  • Visit Volunteer project placement
  • Lunch
  • Site Seeing
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Friday 

  • Breakfast
  • Project discussion and evaluation
  • Lunch
  • Site Seeing
  • Dinner
  • Free Time

Saturday & Sunday 

Free time to explore Cyprus 🙂

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

 

 

Trip Accommodation

The present name ‘Larnaca’, first mentioned in the 15th century, comes from an ancient Greek word for a stone sarcophagus, because of the many such objects that have been unearthed in the area, especially from the 15th century.

Among the many landmarks, the most significant are the Church of Saint Lazarus, the Catacomb of Phaneromeni Church, Hala Sultan Tekke, the Kamares Aqueduct and the Fort of Larnaca.

The Finikoudes is the promenade along Athenon Avenue on the seafront. A row of palm trees lines either side of it.

Accommodation & Food

In our centre, there is a mini library, a dining room, a balcony where you can hang out with fellow participants,a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages. The rooms are single gender basis with 2-4 people sharing.

Food Arrangements
You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are Cypriot dishes consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes. You can expect to have a chicken dish about twice per week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself or eat out at any of the local restaurants.

Facilities
ATMs: There are ATM’s around our centres. The closest one to our residence is about a 15 minute walk from the house.

Shop: The closest local supermarket is a 10 minute walk from the centre.

Trip Country Info

Cyprus

Capital: Nicosia
Language: Armenian & Cypriot Arabic
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Time zone: EET (UTC+2); Summer EEST (UTC+3)

As gorgeous as the goddess Aphrodite, rich in myths, history and culture, both European and Oriental, Cyprus lies at the crossroads of three continents. Mysterious as well as restless, politically divided yet unified in culture and tradition, it proudly waits to bestow on the visitor the magic of this past and present, brilliant sunlight,, sparkling sea and exceptional natural surroundings.

Enjoy the rich and varied cuisine and vivid nightlife. Dive in the emerald blue sea and explore its rich marine life. Stroll around its unique antiquities, admire the monuments left behind by its various conquerors and visit its numerous Byzantine monasteries and chapels, many of them World Heritage sites. Cyprus, the inspiration of artists of many cultures over many centuries will give you memories and experiences you will cherish for a lifetime.

Cyprus has long been popular with travelers. Its beauty and glorious Mediterranean weather have been the inspiration of many writers and artists. The numerous archaeological treasures are a sight to behold, so make sure you have a camera. The villages of Cyprus offer a wonderful contrast to the towns. Each village is different from the next and each offers its own unique and memorable moments reflecting the slower pace of life, closely linked to the passing seasons.

Larnaca: The name Larnaca comes from the greek word “Larnax” meaning sarcophagus, many of which have been unearthed in this area. Legend has it that the first settlement at the spot was founded by Noah’s grandson, Khittim.

In the 18th century , Larnaca became a trading centre for the island and, since the 1974 Turkish invasion, the airport there has developed into the main international airport of Cyprus.

The fine, paved palm-fringed, coastal road is really attractive, with its multitude of flowers, neat cafeterias and restaurants. The residents of the area have had a bust of Kimon of Athens erected on the right end of the breakwater in honour of the ancient warrior who was killed here in the struggle to liberate Cyprus from the Persians. In front of the breakwater is a Palm Beach, with its wide sands and clear sea (awarded a blue flag). In June every year, on the feast day of the Holy Spirit, the Cataclysm (or Flood) Festival, dating from the period of Venetian rule and consisting of a variety of events including yacht racing, is held over a two-week period.

Climate
Cyprus has a Mediterranean climate: hot, dry summers from June to September and mild, wet winters from November to March which are separated by short Autumn and Spring seasons of rapid change in weather patterns of October, April and May.

Sunshine is abundant during the whole year, particularly from April to September when the daily average exceeds 11 hours. Winds are on the whole light to moderate. Gales are very infrequent and heavy storms rare.

Snow hardly falls in the lowlands and on the Pentadaktylos range, but is a frequent feature very winter on ground above 1000 meters in the Troodos range. From December till April snow is usually in evidence there, but hardly continuous. Yet during the coldest months it lies in the considerable depths for several weeks, attracting skiers.

Culture
Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots share a lot in common in their culture but also have differences. Several traditional food (such as souvla and halloumi) and beverages are similar, as well as expressions and ways of life. Hospitality and buying or offering food and drinks for guests or others are common among both. In both communities, music, dance and art are integral parts of social life and many artistic, verbal and nonverbal expressions, traditional dances such as tsifteteli, similarities in dance costumes and the importance placed on social activities are shared between the communities. However, the two communities have distinct religions and religious cultures, with the Greek Cypriots traditionally being Greek Orthodox and Turkish Cypriots traditionally being Sunni Muslims, which has partly hindered cultural exchange. Greek Cypriots have influences from Greece and Christianity, while Turkish Cypriots have influences from Turkey and Islam.

The Limassol Carnival Festival is an annual carnival which is held at Limassol, in Cyprus. The event which is very popular in Cyprus was introduced in the 20th century.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

Additional Requirements

No requirements have been provided.

What's included

  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation

What's not included

  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa