Greeks from abroad visit Kathimerini

Kathimerini on Tuesday had the joy of welcoming to its offices in Neo Faliron a group of young native Greeks from different parts of the southern hemisphere. Around 100 young Greeks – aged between 18 and 25 – are visiting Greece as part of a three-week educational sightseeing program, organized by the General Secretariat for Expatriate Greeks, which culminated yesterday. (To date the secretariat has hosted 2,500 young native Greeks.) During the program, the youngsters attended Greek language lessons, lectures on Greek history and and culture as well as classes in traditional Greek dance. They also visited archaeological sites, museums and other landmarks in Athens, Syros, Epidaurus, Nafplion, Olympia, Delphi, Meteora, Thessaloniki and Vergina. They also had the opportunity to meet President Costis Stephanopoulos. On their visit to Kathimerini’s offices the young Greeks were briefed on the newspaper and on Greek media in general and also participated in a discussion about the Internet. The youngsters who took part in the program were: Athina Paschali (from Brazil), Diego Papayiannis (from Argentina), David Vela Marin (from Chile), Ourania Vergi (from Zimbabwe) and Irene Kavoura, Markos Zografos, Panayiotis Apostolopoulos, Marina Georgiou, Anargyros Kanaris and Christoforos Psaltis (all from Australia). The most significant aspect of the visit was the very broad and interesting exchange of opinions which took place. The young native Greeks spoke of the problems they face in maintaining links with Greece from their countries of residence, and also about their impressions of Greece today.

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