Location
  • Greece
    • Athens
Length
2 to 12 weeks
Need-based funding, Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships, Payment plans, 529 Plan eligibility, Work study, Work exchange, Sliding scale fees, LGBTQIA+ funding, BIPOC funding
Health & Safety

Program Details

Compensation
Unpaid
Timeframe
Academic Year Fall J-Term Maymester Spring Spring Break Summer Winter Year Round
Housing
Apartment
Language
English
Weekly Hours
40
Age Min.
18
Age Max
80
Qualifications
  • At least one year in further education (college/university) in a relevant field

Pricing

Starting Price
1900
Price Details
Duration / Fees (USD)
2-weeks $1,900
3-weeks $2,500
4-weeks $3,100
up to 12-weeks is also possible

Deposit (non-refundable): $250 paid upon acceptance to the program. The remaining fees are paid not less than sixty (60) calendar days prior to the internship start date

The program cost includes:

24/7 in-country support
Airport pickup
Fully furnished shared accommodation
Reference letter
Local English speaking coordinator
Personalized shadowing plan
Program & city orientation

The program cost does not include:
Travel to/from Greece, meals, major medical insurance, and all personal expenses and anything else not mentioned.
What's Included
Accommodation Airport Transfers Wifi
What's Included (Extra)

– Program Fees Include:

24/7 in-country support
Airport pick-up
Customized internship plan
Fully furnished shared Accommodation
Local English speaking coordinator
International reference letter
Internship placement
Program & host city orientation

What's Not Included
Activities Airfare Meals SIM cards Transportation Travel Insurance Visa
What's Not Included (Extra)

– Program Fees do not include:

Local activities & meals
International/local travel costs
Travel document assistance & Insurance
Any other service not mentioned

Mar 07, 2024
May 09, 2024
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About Program

If you have a passion for Psychology & Social Work and you are interested in collaborating with experts on hands-on tasks and observing them at work, coupled with the change of exploring Greece, then this program is designed for you.

Psychology: Interns will observe trained local therapists, shadowing them in real life consultations and learning from actual therapy sessions. They develop relationships with patients and implement different treatment strategies and help the NGO to run smoothly by assisting with administrative tasks.

Social Work: Interns will support priorities for mental health, abuse, as well as working to support community members with diverse needs, such as the elderly, at-risk youth, and people with disabilities as well as in crises that arise from a natural disaster.

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

Each participant’s identity may present challenges and questions, in addition to opportunities, when immersing in a new and different culture. Exploring a new culture can sometimes lead to experiencing a cultural shock as some places have different cultural norms, ranging levels of racial/ ethnic diversity, and are less aware or not so “politically correct” as your home country might be. Cerca Abroad strictly adheres to a non-discrimination policy of not denying any person access to, or participation in or the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any service, program, course or facility on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, disability, pregnancy, marital or parental status, physical condition or developmental disability.

LGBTQIA+ Support

All our staff & local host teams are welcoming and inclusive of the LGBTQAI+ community, making our programs LGBTQAI+ friendly. Cerca Abroad strictly adheres to a non-discrimination policy of not denying any person access to, or participation in or the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any service, program, course or facility on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, disability, pregnancy, marital or parental status, physical condition or developmental disability.

Neurodivergent Support

Cerca Abroad welcomes and supports participants that are Differently-abled/neurodivergent and offers a range of internship abroad programs that are specifically adapted to host interns. Although participants with neurodivergency have successfully participated in our programs, due to the nature of the abroad programs, the degree of access varies based on the activities, location and available infrastructure. Hence, at the application stage it is important to discuss with your Cerca Abroad program manager the program’s accessibility aspects and requirements. Cerca Abroad strictly adheres to a non-discrimination policy of not denying any person access to, or participation in or the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any service, program, course or facility on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, disability, pregnancy, marital or parental status, physical condition or developmental disability.

Accessibility Support

Cerca Abroad welcomes and supports participants that have limited mobility conditions (including wheelchair users) and offers a range of internship abroad programs that are specifically adapted to host interns. Although participants with limited mobility have successfully participated in our programs, due to the nature of the abroad programs, the degree of access varies based on the activities, location and available infrastructure. Hence, at the application stage it is important to discuss with your Cerca Abroad program manager the program’s accessibility aspects and requirements. Cerca Abroad strictly adheres to a non-discrimination policy of not denying any person access to, or participation in or the benefits of, or be discriminated against in any service, program, course or facility on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, disability, pregnancy, marital or parental status, physical condition or developmental disability.

Impact

Sustainability

Our steps towards creating a responsible experience

- We only work with registered organizations that have proven record of sustainable & ethical practices and long-term expertise in their field
- We collect feedback from all our participants and our host sites to continuously improve our participant’s experience
- We regularly visit our host sites to offer support/training, to evaluate processes/costs and provide transparent and affordable programs
- We review and evaluate each intern application and check their qualifications, criminal background and medical status for eligibility and suitability
- We ensure that our participants’ work does not impact the employment opportunities of the local community
- We refrain from overcrowding our host sites with participants and allocating only those that are needed
- All participants are requested to sign a Code of Conduct prior to arrival, which is designed to protect all stakeholders from inappropriate behavior or abuse
- Participants that breach ours or the host site’s Terms and Conditions and Code of Conduct will be removed without refund
- We take extra care allocating participants in sites that involve the care of others as well as animals

Ethical Impact

We are committed to support our participants to create a positive impact on the local communities in parallel to their learning and developing activities abroad. Recognizing and evaluating ethical issues promotes responsible traveling which translates to a positive impact on the host communities and our interns. The relationships that are formed, the exchanged ideas, the local economy that is revived, the hands-on project that our participants contribute on, all leave a lasting a sustainable impact in each host site.

Our aim is to present realistic expectations to our participants, be honest and transparent on how we operate and use feedback from our interns and host sites to improve our processes and services. We remain committed to create a positive impact, whether it is with our stance for the environment (by becoming carbon neutral) up to working with hosts with similar values.

Program Highlights

  • Duration: 2 to 12-weeks
  • Observe trained local therapists, shadowing them in real life consultations and learning from actual therapy sessions
  • Support priorities for mental health, abuse, as well as working to support community members with diverse needs
  • Develop relationships with patients and implement different treatment strategies
  • Explore Greece and the surrounding islands

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 Psychology Internships

Interns will have the opportunity to get a real-life view of working in psychology and to develop their experience and career prospects. Interns will observe trained local therapists, shadowing them in real life consultations and learning from actual therapy sessions. They develop relationships with patients and implement different treatment strategies and help the NGO to run smoothly by assisting with administrative tasks.

 Social Work Internships

Interns will support priorities for mental health, abuse, as well as working to support community members with diverse needs, such as the elderly, at-risk youth, and people with disabilities as well as in crises that arise from a natural disaster. Interns should be flexible to interact with diverse cultures and demographics and while they are not expected to be directly responsible for any client/patient care, they will provide services and care for people.

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Ankita
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Real life experience in gorgeous city of Athens

Hi, I’m Ankita, I am from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and I go to school at the University of Pittsburgh. I chose the internship to go abroad this summer because I’m going to graduate school in a year and I wanted some real life experience in something other than the US
About my internship, it was really interesting being here, I am at the Iasis day center, and we don’t really have something like a Day Centre back home in the States, so it was really cool to see a psychiatric work that occurs outside of the country and how it occurs in different locations. I am right now in Athens Greece and I’m doing my internship with Iasis as I said before, and I am so happy with the coordination from Cerca Abroad. This experience is something like, I never would have thought I would be able to go through a helping with group therapy and help with planning activities with patients and having a one- on- one connection. It’s just so incredible. I love staying in Athens Greece- that’s where I am currently located. I think it is so fun here and there’s so much to do besides just working. There’s just so much like fun staff I can do on the weekends and during the week days and everyone here is just so kind and generous.

What was your funniest moment?
The first time i saw people having fun in the night life of Athens
Pros
  • Observing a psychiatric work that occurs outside of the country
  • The lovable city of Athens
  • A real life experience
Cons
  • N/A
8 people found this review helpful.
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Tahnee
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Greece, a very interesting and beautiful country with well founded organizations

My name is Tahnee, I am from Mexico City. I’m twenty five and I’m studying psychology at the Open University in Madrid. (As I could ? today ? Erasmus plus) to be able to do my internship and my practices that are mandatory for me to be able to finish University and I chose Greece because I believe it is a very interesting country and in some ways it is a little like my country, so that’s why I thought I could fit in Greece. And I did, I really liked it. I really like the program and Iasis in general. I think it’s a very interesting and well founded organization. I am very pleased with everything that I’ve learnt. Even if it was in a different language, some things, I felt like really everyone was very welcoming and yes, I really liked it I am really grateful with my mentor Eleni. I am also very grateful with the whole team because I’ve actually learnt, I realized that I’m really studying the right thing, because of my practices so I’m really happy. I encourage anyone to come to Iasis and get to know everything they do because it’s a very big, interesting organization.
So, I’ve experienced many interesting things during this internship but I think for my field of work which is psychology and as I said, it was very interesting to be able to have very close contact with clinical population and I’ve learnt a lot about them and I think I realize that I want to continue working with people with mental health problems. I am very pleased about the program, the people I’ve met and about the diversity of different nationalities and volunteers they have. The activities were really interesting to me, like Greek dances so I’ve learnt a lot about a culture of the world which was a good adapt to my internship. I am looking forward to come back.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
There are many things to see in Greece so plan to stay long enough to see it all
Pros
  • Able to have very close contact with clinical population
  • Work with people with mental health problems
  • Learnt a lot about a culture of the world which was a good adapt to my internship.
Cons
  • I wish I could stay longer
12 people found this review helpful.
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Ajay
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A real life experience in awesome place

Hi. My name is Ajay Sharma and I’m from Vancouver, British Columbia and I chose this internship because it was about flying drones and electric vehicles and I’ve always had an interest into things that fly, and eVs of course. I’ve picked this internship to learn more about drones, building eVs manufacturing processes and had some real life experience.
During my internship I had the chance to work on small aerial drones and I was given the task to put some sensors on it, to make some readings to make these drones smart. Alongside, I also got the chance to work on the auto here, I enjoyed my time working on it and I learnt a lot on the way.
The professors and the Cerca Abroad people were really helpful. They accommodated and helped me a lot whenever I had any problems. The city of Thessaloniki is really nice, The people here are really nice, the food is great, people are great, I’ ve had a lot of archaeological places to visit. There are a lot of things to do on the weekend and I would definitely recommend someone to once come here. This place is awesome.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
There’s just so much like fun staff I can do on the weekends
Pros
  • Learning more about drones
  • The people here is very kind and generous
  • An unforgettable experience living in Thessaloniki
Cons
  • Really nothing.
17 people found this review helpful.
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Lydia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Μore life changing than anything I’ve experienced before

Hi, my name is Lydia, I am from Kentucky in the U.S. I decided to come here, to Greece, simply because I have not visited here before. I wanted to do psychology because my major in college was speech language psychology, so it’s related to behavior mindset and brain therapy, so I figured that working in a general psychology workplace would be really helpful for me. And it was. I worked teaching beneficiaries who had multiple disorders such as schizophrenia, ADHD, and multiple personality disorders, bipolar disorder etc. and we were able to implement activities and work with them, while I also learnt Greek and teach them English. It was a very good experience. I’ve never experienced something like this before.
As far as living in Greece, that has been even more life changing than anything I’ve experienced before. Living in a city- I come from Kentucky, which is a little more rural- so I’ve never taken the metro before. I usually have to drive my car everywhere- here I did walk- and that was a really learning experience, needing to get to work every day. Also, everyone around us was speaking a different language. It was interesting using our non- verbal communication like facial expressions and gestures to communicate with people around in public- even at work.
I was able to meet a lot of cool girls. My two roommates are from Texas and California and it was really nice to bond and go to work with them. We’ve developed really good relationships. They were helpful and easy to communicate with. It’s just been a phenomenal time. I’m going to miss it. I wish I could go back.

Pros
  • Developing really good relationships with other interns
  • Working with beneficiaries who had multiple disorders such as schizophrenia, ADHD, and multiple personality disorders, bipolar disorder etc. and we were able to implement activities and work with them
  • Life changing experience
21 people found this review helpful.

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