Cultural Program & Free Time

If “free time” means having nothing to do, you will be wondering! There is always something to do or be done, whether to play basket ball or have a discussion with the new friends on planning the next disco-night.

Although role playing for simulations and workshops is so exciting that track of time is lost, culture and entertainment are also productive activities.

Greece has a long history on customs and traditions, so Greek culture, and Cretan in particular, are explored, and the similarities among those represented by participants are identified.

Field trips around are exciting! The view of the beautiful city Chania from the hill where the revered Eleftherios Venizelos’ tomb is, the Chania Naval museum and its unique collection from the famous Battle of Crete during WW II, the Venetian hangars at the Chania port, a gorge of which Crete is famous, are some of the sites to be visited.  Swimming at the ‘Zorba the Greek’ beach, is exciting if you know that this was the location where the Sirtaki was first danced by Anthony Quinn as "Alexis Zorbas", the Oskar award winner movie. Unfortunately the actual Oscar award that was there, and our previous participants have held, has been destroyed by fire recently.

A day is reserved for Knossos, the famous palace of King Minos, and home of the Minotaur at its Labyrinth, at Heraklion. The Heraklion Archaeological museum is among Europe’s most important museums. The visit there cannot be complete without a visit to the tomb of famous author Nikos Kazantzakis at the Venetian castle.

The Historical Heritage is part of the intercultural competency for all participants. The H. H. workshop introduces and correlates the history of all countries and cultures represented.

During the cultural Country Presentation night every delegation presents their everyday life today, and the shared foundations are revealed.

Participants engage in sports activities, soccer, basket and volley ball, tennis, and more, are available. After dinner we watch movies, organize disco parties, or discuss under the stars of the Greek sky at the open air amphitheater. Planning the group activities is part of the training.

The famous Greek food and particularly this of the Cretan Mediterranean diet –a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity- is served at MAICh by the famous resident Chef and at traditional local authentic restaurants.

All activities are in group and coordinated by LFOF assistants.