On Tuesday 23/10, the youth group of “Discover Athens”, which is carried out the past six months, conducted their first organized tour guide.
Two young refugees, in collaboration with the rest of the group, took up the role of a tour guide, and gave a guided tour to a group of ten teenagers from Geneva, who visited the Social Spot of Caritas Hellas in Neos Kosmos.
To begin with, the “tour guides” welcomed the visitors to Greece and informed them about the historical wealth of this country and that during the walk they are going to learn about the ancient time, the Hellenistic period and the Roman empire period. As they discovered the area, the refugees narrated the history of Monastiraki square, the Roman Agora, the pedestrian area of Adrianou street, the Ancient Agora, the Stoa of Attalus, the Temple of Hephaestus and arrived at Thiseio Area. There, in front of the statue of heroic Theseus, they discussed with the teenagers from Switzerland about Greek Mythology and particularly about the myth of Theseus and Minotaur. The tour guides showed pictures of Minotaur, King Aegaias, the Labyrinth in Knossos and the Greek warrior Thiseus.
The visitors via this discussion had the chance to understand deeper concepts such as democracy, philosophy, mythology and polis. Furthermore, the refugee-tour guides informed the group about the Greek tastes and entertainment as they heard Greek bouzouki and Greek music that is heard in the streets of the historic center of Athens. The visitors said that they enjoyed the tour, since it was their first time in Greece and they are leaving with the best impression form such a warm welcome.
The activity is a part of the project «METAVASIS Project – Participation, Empowerment and Social Inclusion of Refugees / Migrants in Greece» concerning the support and integration of refugees and immigrants in Greek society. The Project is run by Caritas Hellas and is funded by Caritas Germany.