Frauen in Griechenland: Kontakte für Recherche gesucht

Eleni Murkudis ist aus Berlin und Halbgriechin. Mit einem Reisestipendium will sie im Spätsommer nach Griechenland reisen. Die 19-Jährige möchte sich mit den Geschichten von Familien und der Stellung der Frau beschäftigen und einen kleinen Film drehen. Dafür ist sie auf der Suche nach Kontakten. Wir stellen ihr Reisevorhaben vor.

© Eleni Murkudis

„Hallo, ich bin Eleni, 19 Jahre alt und habe vor im Sommer– voraussichtlich im August und September – mithilfe eines Stipendiums der Stiftung Zis für mindestens einen Monat Griechenland zu bereisen. Ich bin selbst zur Hälfte Griechin, habe aber bislang nicht so eine große Verbindung zum Land, deswegen geht es mir vor allem darum, das Land, seine Menschen und die Sprache besser kennenzulernen“, schreibt Eleni. Da sie kein Griechisch spricht, ist sie für ihre Reise auf Kontakte, die Englisch oder Deutsch sprechen angewiesen.

Route der Reise steht noch nicht fest
Die Berlinerin ist dafür auf der Suche nach Menschen, die offen sind und Lust haben, mit ihr zu sprechen und ihre Geschichten zu erzählen oder die sie für ein paar Tage aufnehmen. „Während meiner Reise möchte ich andere Familiengeschichten hören und am Ende eine kleine Reportage darüber drehen“, berichtet Eleni. Dabei möchte sie sich einem bestimmten Thema widmen: Es soll darum gehen, welche Stellung Frauen in der griechischen Gesellschaft haben, wo Frauen zusammenhalten und sich gegenseitig unterstützen gegen die Lasten des Patriarchats und in Zeiten von Krisen. Auch interessiert sie, wie unabhängig sie in unterschiedlichen Generationen waren und sind und ob sich das auf Vorbilder früherer Gesellschaften in Griechenland zurückführen lässt. „Besonders schön wäre es, vielleicht auch Tochter – Mutter – Großmutter-Konstellationen filmisch einzufangen“, wünscht sich Eleni.


Wanted: Organisation in Greece working with youngsters in transition from school to work

The German organisation „Werkstatt für junge Menschen“ in Eschwege works with youngsters in transition from school to work – many of them are considered as people with fewer opportunities. To start their journey of exchanges they are looking for a partner institution in Greece who works with a similar target group.

The „Werkstatt für junge Menschen“ in Eschwege has set itself the task to help people with social and personal disadvantages, in particular young people. The institution wants to enable participation in the society, open up access to vocational training and profession and support the progression to an independent personality. As a member of the „Diakonisches Werk“ the Werkstatt has been performing this important social task since 1983 and sees itself as an active partner in the realization of public contracts. They work practice oriented and start with the skills and abilities to promote young people individually and empower their personal and professional skills to create access to the job market. 


Υπεύθυνος/η Τμήματος Επιχορήγησης Σχολικών και Αθλητικών Ανταλλαγών

Το Ελληνογερμανικό Ίδρυμα Νεολαίας (ΕΓΙΝ) είναι ένας διεθνής οργανισμός που από το 2021 ενισχύει και επιδοτεί τις ανταλλαγές μεταξύ νέων και ειδικών της εργασίας σε θέματα νεολαίας στη Γερμανία και την Ελλάδα. Για το γραφείο και το τμήμα επιχορήγησης Σχολικών και Αθλητικών Ανταλλαγών στην Ελλάδα (Θεσσαλονίκη) προκηρύσσουμε την παρακάτω θέση εργασίας.

Υπεύθυνος/η Τμήματος Επιχορήγησης Σχολικών και Αθλητικών Ανταλλαγών

Θέση πλήρους απασχόλησης (40 ώρες / εβδομάδα), σύμβαση αορίστου χρόνου με 6μηνη δοκιμαστική περίοδο.


Student group is looking for exchange in Athens

After long months of distance lectures and seminars the industrial engineering department at Hochschule 21 in Buxtehude is planning a student excursion to Athens. The aim of the trip in May is to visit companies and constructions sites together with Greek educational institutions and students. To get insights into everyday university life and exchange ideas the group is still looking for Greek partners.

„As part of the excursion we will, among other things, visit companies in the construction industry in. Athens, construction sites and also cultural sites – of course this could also take place together with the Greek students,“ Laura-Johanna Broja from Hochschule 21 in Buxtehude, says. The Bachelor student is co-organizing the trip of the industrial engineering department „Construction and Real Estate“ from May 23 to 27 to the Greek capital. „We asked a few universities in Athens, but unfortunately we didn’t get any (positive) answers,“ she reports hoping that now some students from the fields of business or engineering or other interested students will get in touch with her.


Das DGJW: Erste Eindrücke

Nach knapp sieben Jahren Anbahnungsphase ging dann alles sehr schnell: Am 1. April 2021 hat das Deutsch-Griechische Jugendwerk (DGJW/ΕΓΙΝ) seine Arbeit in Leipzig und Thessaloniki aufgenommen. Viele Organisationen und Träger in beiden Ländern haben den Prozess aktiv begleitet. In Teil Drei unserer Umfrage erzählen sie von ihren Wünschen an das Jugendwerk.

In Teil Drei der Umfrage kommen der Städtepartnerschaftsverein Leipzig-Thessaloniki e.V., das Vision Network Athens e.V., Filoxenia Intercultural Environmental Organisation aus Kryoneri auf dem Peloponnes und die Stiftung Palladion aus München zu Wort.


«We aim at making our village a pole of cultural, educational and social attraction«

Agorayouth: Despina and Lefteris, you managed to found an organization named entaxis in Kavala in Northern Greece that has the aim to address the rights of youth and organize educational activities for youngsters in this rural area. Tell us some more details about the organization and whom you want to reach...
Lefteris: In 2020, after a long bureaucratic process that lasted about two years, we managed to found a legal not-for-profit organization called entaxis – action for inclusion and education. The word entaxis derives from the Greek word ενταξις which is associated with inclusion and integration. We gave this name to the organization, because this is exactly our aim: to support all disadvantaged persons from rural areas who need assistance in their social development.
Despina: In the beginning we aimed to reach youth aged 15 to 25 with fewer opportunities, but through our initial educational activities we had older persons who approached us for social support. Thus, through the newly established organisation we aim for a more holistic approach for our target group to reach youth and adults in middle and senior age who have fewer opportunities due to geographical restrictions, special needs or persons who face social challenges in their lives, who are illiterate and/or have dropped out of school – and as well those who wish to overcome educational and social barriers. This target group includes persons who attend senior high school, families, elderly persons who are marginalised, university students, persons not in education, employment and/or training, and those with special needs. Due to the pandemic most of our plans have been on hold until further notice.


Samothraki: Deep connection to Germany

Zathay Social Cooperative was the first social enterprise on the island of Samothraki in Northern Greece. What started with two little shops and continued to be a place of exchange had to be closed in 2017 – but some of the members took it as chance to switch the focus to non-formal education and the topics Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection. Project manager Maria Pitiakoudi tells agorayouth about the organisations‘ story and the islands‘ connection to southern Germany.

Agorayouth: Tell us a little bit about Zathay Social Cooperative in Samothraki: What is your work about?
Maria Pitiakoudi: Zathay Social Cooperative was founded in 2015 – initially by five close friends, then two more friends were added. We founded the first social enterprise of the island in order to create our own business based on solidarity, cooperation, fun and sharing. The opportunities to find a job here are limited so we needed to create our own opportunities. The first three years we made a contract with the municipality and we started to run a coffee shop and a mini market where we promoted local products in the Camping of Platia. The business was successful, we had a job, an income and we managed to give a job to eleven other unemployed young locals.

The shops were transformed in a hot spot for alternative tourism, a place of meeting and exchanging, an open space of expression of every kind of art, a working desk for professional nomads and a scientific and educational meeting point. We organised and hosted for example wellness seminars, art festivals or music events. Also, we supported summer universities, educational seminars and discussions for various social and environmental local pressure. We promoted solutions for recycling, waste and water management. Unfortunately the municipality never renewed our contract even though our business was a great success and it could thrive further due to political local pressure. So it was a bitter end for our creativity. But we never stop to dream and create, so we transformed the obstacles into new adventures.


»Access to internet connection and computer devices is a privilege«

Michail Chatzimimikos from Youth Empowerment Center in Thessaloniki tells Agorayouth what they leant during the pandemic in terms of reaching underprivileged youngsters and why they want to get involved in German-Greek youth exchange.

Agorayouth: Michail, tell us a little bit about Youth Empowerment Center in Thessaloniki. What is your work about? 
Michail Chatzimimikos: Youth Empowerment Center is a youth organization actively working with young people between 17 to 26 years old in Thessaloniki. We are mainly reaching young people with fewer opportunities, young people who are dealing with certain social and economical obstacles as well as youngsters with a migrant and/or refugee background. Recently, we have also established contact with a group of Roma youngsters.

Our main aim is to support our youngsters’ active youth participation while facilitating their learning development in thematic fields the formal education field is not covering and only the youth work sector does, for example human rights education or civic education. So our work involves one to one meetings, group work through the implementation of non-formal activities and workshops on various topics of their choice, as well as assistance for developing and implementing their own activities. Those projects are not only restricted in our national reality as we are really active in the field of international youth work through the Erasmus+ programme. At the moment two groups are running their own International Youth Exchange projects and we are excited to support them on implementing them.


„You only need one person to change your life“

The majority of people that arrived 2018 in Greece came from Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. Thousands of them are children. In an educational program in Athens Marianna-Sofia Matziri (26) and Alexandra Kamaretsou (25) teach them. What it means to deal with traumas, depression and panic attacks of the kids on a daily basis they have shared with agorayouth.


Alexandra Kamaretsou (25, left) and Marianna-Sofia Matziri (26) work in Athens with refugee and immigrant children.

Agorayouth: Alexandra, tell us a little bit more about the educational program you work in.
Alexandra Kamaretsou:
The organisation Elix supported by UNICEF and funded by the European Commission started the project on quality learning and Non-Formal Education in October 2017. With the project we want to provide day-to-day coverage of the educational needs of refugee and immigrant children aged 3 to 17 and contribute to the smooth integration into the formal education system in Attica and Greece. Weiterlesen