From August 3rd until August 17 a group of youngsters will stay at a summer camp in the western part of Crete, which was ravaged by the “Battle of Crete”. There lies the Orthodox Academy of Crete (OAC) where youngsters will help with gardening works on the academy grounds and in clearing parts of the buildings and learn more about Greek-Orthodox life and Crete’s history, especially during the times of the German occupation.
In 1968 OAC was founded by Irinaeus Galanakis, at the time metropolit of Kissamos and Selinon, and his student Dr. Alexandros Papaderos. Their aim: promoting dialogue between people of all confessions and religions as well as between science, culture and faith. OAC is under the auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.