Greek Odysseuses

Greek Odysseuses is an informal group of young people founded in January 2017 in Northern Greece focusing on public health and prevention issues. The idea for this informal group was born from our experiences in Erasmus+ programs within the last five years.

Our aim is to offer to young people new opportunities and perspectives. Inspired by the mythical king of Ithaca, Odysseus, we have a vision to travel and get to know the world. Famed for his courage, intelligence, and leadership, Odysseus (Roman name: Ulysses) was one of the great pan-Hellenic heroes of Greek mythology. His resourcefulness and oratory skills were instrumental in the Greek victory in the Trojan War and following the conflict, he was the protagonist in many fantastic adventures on his long voyage back home to Ithaca. Like Odysseus, we have a vision to travel and get to know the world.
As the Greek poet Cavafy says:

"As you set out for Ithaca
hope that the journey is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery."

"From Plato’s Republic to the Modern European Union” was our kick off youth event in the framework of the European Youth Week 2017 during which we inform through non formal learning methods the youngsters of Western Macedonia, Greece about the institutions and functions of the European Union.

“-Cigarette? –No, thnx!” was our first Youth Exchange, in Thessaloniki, Greece, 16-22/07/2017, aiming to enhance the self-awareness of the participants on the importance of informing, both themselves and other young people, about the consequences of smoking, in order to reduce its effects and improve their quality of life.

“-Alcohol? –No, thnx!” was our second Youth Exchange, in Tallinn, Estonia, 04-12/08/2018, thought our partner Informal Group “Baltic Odysseuses”, trying to raise awareness about alcohol abuse and helping the participants to create a more mindful and healthy relationship with alcohol, moderating its consumption.

We are currently running two Solidarity Projects under the European Solidarity Corps: "We are ALL poets" and "Mindful Youth Communities".

The Transnational Youth Initiative "GO Alive" is our biggest challenge, as it is a Key Action 2 project, and it has the longest duration and the complexity of all the projects we have designed and implemented.

Our mission comes from the decision to support the self-development and empowerment of young people, with the vision of creating a better world and a better future for everyone.

Markos Chionos

Men have to create their own destiny

I was born in Siatista (Greece) and after my university studies I came back here to support my town. I have a degree in Finance and a master in European Commercial Law. I work for the National Bank of Greece and I love to organise international youth projects with my group "Greek Odysseuses". I enjoy sports and self-empowerment. My motto is: Men have to create their own destiny.

Maria Stefanidou

I hope that the journey is a long one, full of adventures, full of discoveries

Maria Stefanidou is one of the first Initiates and of “GO Alive” project, as well as a passionate youth worker of “Greek Odysseuses”. In a normal day, you may find her either in the Medical University studying to become a doctor, in a Yoga or Pilates class or at home making videocalls with friends all over Europe. Her wish about life is “I hope that the journey is a long one, full of adventures, full of discoveries”.

Tom Tomopoulos

Be the fear of your fear, only then you could feel alive

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. A traveler, a dreamer, a fighter, thats me in a day of my life. From Greece to Cyprus, from Cyprus to Switzerland and France, back to Israel and in Greece again, what's the next stop? We 'll see!!!

Vivian Lada

Take the risk.. or lose the chance!

Vivian is 22 years old and her hometown is Siatista. She studies in Thessaloniki at the Aristotle University department of Law. She is dedicated to give hope and help to those in need. She is currently a volunteer at the legal department in a NGO working with refugees, a youth worker and an idealist. The Erasmus+ programmes experience has literally changed her life and mindset. Now she has set her next life-goal at working in the European Union as a legal advisor and advocate with expertise in Refugee Law.

Dimitris Batsis

It's a good chance to travel and make new friends from another countries

My name is Dimitris Batsis, I'm 29 years old and I'm from Siatista-Greece.I studied Music Technology and acoustics in Rethimno. My main job is the fur production and trade and my hobbie/job is the DJing. I'm participating this project because I'd like to learn things about the themes of the meetings that we have, especially about the leadership. Also, it's a good chance to travel and make new friends from another countries.