COVID-19 AND IONIAN VILLAGE 2021 PROGRAMMING
At this point in time, the Archdiocese and Office of Ionian VIllage has not made a decision on the Ionian Village 2021 program. There is a real prospect that the COVID-19 virus will continue to be a reality in our world even as we move into the summer months. Ongoing conversations with medical experts and the Archdiocese are taking place. The health and well-being of all participants is the core of who we are as a Church and as a camping Ministry. We are hoping to have a clearer picture as we approach March.
The mission of Ionian Village is to enrich the lives of its participants by bringing campers and staff into close contact with their Orthodox faith and Hellenic heritage. Ionian Village provides the opportunity for young people of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America to Greece to foster a life-long appreciation and love of Greece, Orthodoxy, and Hellenism.
This important mission is accomplished by providing a safe and fun environment in which campers and staff can fully immerse themselves into our rich Greek heritage, experience the vibrancy of our Greek Orthodox tradition, and learn to lead Christ-centered lives. Ionian Village participants travel across Greece, venerate the relics of saints, walk in the footsteps of the Apostles, and visit significant sites of Greek history and culture. At the end of each program, our campers and staff return home with strengthened faith, life-long friendships based on Christian love, and an expanded appreciation for the Orthodox Church and Greek culture.