If you are a former summer school participant please submit your reflections about the school to the Panmessenian Federation of USA and Canada. Following are some reflections from previous participants.

Ένα θερμό ευχαριστώ προς την Παμμεσσηνιακή Ομοσπονδία Αμερικής και Καναδά

Θα ηθελα να σας ευχαριστήσω θερμά για όλη τη δουλειά που κάνατε να μας δώσετε αυτή την αξέχαστη ευκαιρία να είμαστε ένα μέρος του Θερινού Σχολείου Καλαμάτας 2016. Ξέρω ότι ο σκοπός αυτού του προγράμματος ήταν να βελτιωθούν τα ελληνικά και οι γνώσεις μας για τις ελληνικές μας ρίζες. Ένας άλλος από τους στόχους του θερινού σχολείου ήταν να μας κάνει να νοιώσουμε υπερήφανοι για την χώρα μας, την Ελλάδα. Πιστεύω ότι πραγματικά πετύχατε και τα δύο. Καταφέρατε να μας δείξετε όλα τα πανέμορφα και αξέχαστα τμήματα της Ελλάδας για τα οποία πρέπει να είμαστε υπερήφανοι. Τα αξιοθέατα, την μεσογειακή διατροφή, τις φυσικές ομορφιές, την πλούσια γλώσσα και την φιλοξενία και αγάπη των άνθρωπων που είχαμε την ευτυχία να συναντήσουμε. Οι αναμνήσεις και οι φιλίες που έκανα αυτό το μικρό χρονικό διάστημα, μέσα από αυτό το πρόγραμμα, θα μου μείνουν αξέχαστα. Όταν μεγαλώσω, αποκατασταθώ και βρω την θέση μου σ' αυτή την κοινωνία, ελπίζω να μπορέσω να επιστρέψω τo δώρο αυτής της ευκαιρίας και σε άλλα ελληνόπουλα σαν κι εμένα.
Σας ευχαριστώ θερμά και σας εύχομαι ό.τι καλύτερο για του χρόνου.
Με εκτίμηση,
Ιζαμπέλλα Ρίβα
Τορόντο
13 Αυγούστου 2016
 
Date of Posting: 01 November 2016
Posted By: Ιζαμπέλλα Ρίβα
This trip has got to be one of the best summers and experiences of my life! Meeting people from Canada, the US and even Russia and Ukraine was so awesome! Words cannot describe how thankful I am for the organizers of this amazing trip! Learning how to read, write, and speak Greek was wonderful! Thanks to this program, I realize that I want to continue learning Greek with my family and learn more about my background! Thank you so much for giving me such an amazing experience.
 
Date of Posting: 24 October 2014
Posted By: Michael Va
Laval, Quebec, Canada
When I'm asked about the most memorable event of the summer, I have no hesitation about the answer-it is the Panmessinian Univercity Program. Interesting classes, sunny beaches near to the crystal sea, exciting, never boring excursions and people, surrounding you-everything was incredible!!! Be sure, that you will have the best summer of your life if you spend the month in Kalamata! As a Greek you'll become much more related with your native land, as a student you'll improve your language skills and knowledge in Geography, History, Phylosophy and as a human you'll gain the most marvelous, understanding and loyal friends there! Thanks to ALL organizers of the trip, who made our days chock-full of unforgettable events and emotions!!!
 
Date of Posting: 24 October 2014
Posted By: Shutova Aleksandra
Moscow, Russia
This summer spent in kalamata was unforgettable. From being on the beautiful beaches, to visiting different archaeological sites and spending time with great friends and new friends. I would recommend this trip to all students. I have learned and improved my Greek language a lot. This has been an amazing learning experience and I thank the Pamessenian Federation and all the teachers involved for this incredible trip. The memories and friendships made on this trip will be forever in my heart. with love
 
Date of Posting: 24 October 2014
Posted By: Amanda Tsitouras
Montreal Canada
If anybody is questioning whether to do this program or not, there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn't!! This month in Kalamata has not only been a learning experience but also a chance to meet and create friendships from all over the world. From improving my Greek skills to all the memorable trips, this month has been an experience of a lifetime and I will never forget the friendships I made throughout this journey! I would like to thank the Panmessinian Federation of USA and Canada and all the teachers and coordinators involved for making this month unforgettable!!
 
Date of Posting: 24 October 2014
Posted By: Ioannis Koziris
Montreal Canada
I went on the Kalamata Summer School program this summer and I can easily say it was the best experience I have ever had! I've been home for a few weeks and have been unable to stop talking about it! The experience of living in the dorms with everybody, having lessons on the week days and going on field trips to breath taking places was unlike anything I have done before. This was my first trip to Greece and I have fallen head over heals in love with the country. I know that without this trip I would not have known to, or been able to do many of the things that made this trip so memorable. Such as seeing a play in an ancient outdoor amphitheater, visiting amazing archeological sites and seeing the breath taking view from the top of a mountain (also jumping off a boat into the ocean lol). I was very lucky to be able to share this experience with so many amazing people who I miss so much!! I made friends on this trip that I hope to keep for the rest of my life, and am already planning trips to visit those who do not live in Toronto. This trip was this first time I have felt truly connected to my culture, which is such an incredibly important feeling. It has inspired me to further my Greek education, and involve my self more in the Greek community. Everybody who is involved in the execution and planning of the trip is so dedicated and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity I was given. I highly recommend this trip to every young Greek person! It is life changing! And SO MUCH FUN! One month isn't long enough, and I wish I could do it again! Thanks you so much to everyone who made this the best summer of my life!
 
Date of Posting: 24 October 2014
Posted By: Sierra Michaelides
Toronto Canada
The trip was amazing! One of the best summer's I've had. We learned so much, and were so blessed to be able to see all of the beautiful historic sites and learn how to advance in our speaking and writing skills, as well as learning Greek dances! You were so patient with us and helped us when we needed it. Even with the minor few complaints about the lack of vegetables/fruits in our meals and only getting one towel a day, it was a free program and we were lucky to even receive those things. I met so many new friends that I continue to stay in touch with and we are already planning trips to visit one another in other states. I also just signed up for Greek school! This program made me want to continue learning about my cultural back round and was a wonderful experience. If I could, I would do it all over again!
 
Date of Posting: 24 October 2014
Posted By: Chrissy Kouts
Seal Beach, California, USA
I had such an amazing experience in Greece thank to the Panmessinian Federation of USA and Canada. I’ve visited Kalamata two times before, but this time I experienced it in a completely different way. I was able to meet Greeks from different parts of the world who are such wonderful people and I am so happy I got to spend a month with them going on trips, visiting different beaches, and in general experiencing Greece. I really enjoyed the excursions; learning the history behind each landmark and site allowed me to appreciate it more and see its beauty beyond its surface. I feel like I saw so much of Greece, more than ever before. I want to thank all of the teachers and people that have put so much time and effort into organizing everything, the effort really shows! I will always remember this trip and will always cherish the memories.
 
Date of Posting: 24 October 2014
Posted By: Sara Tsapekis
Montreal Canada
Words cannot fully describe what an incredible experience taking part in the Summer School Program in Kalamata was. The program allows you to broaden your horizons, as it enables you to experience life in a, potentially, contrary way. The program enables its students to experience and admire Greece for its beauty and long rich history. Although it was not my first time visiting Greece, it allowed me to more fully appreciate Greece’s marvels. To those who may be contemplating taking part in this program: do it! It is truly an amazing opportunity that allows you to grow as an individual. The Kalamata Program allows its participants to establish wonderful relationships with their teachers and fellow students. It allows you to advance your Greek communication skills, and enables you to learn and visit multiple historical sites, such as the Epidaurus Theatre and the Parthenon on top of the Acropolis. The Summer School Program in Kalamata was an entirely amazing experience that I am so incredibly happy and thankful to have been a part of, and will always think of with great joy. I can fondly say, this summer I came back home with more knowledge in my head and more love in my heart for my heritage. Thank you to all of the coordinators, teachers, supervisors and benefactors for all the hard work and dedication that permits this program to exist. The Summer School Program in Kalamata is a once in a lifetime opportunity I will always hold dear in my heart.
 
Date of Posting: 24 October 2014
Posted By: Alexandra Dimas
Montreal Canada
Whenever anyone asks me about my summer in Greece this year, all I can respond with is one word: perfect. From the moment I received the email accepting my application to the program all the way to the moment I finally set foot on Greek soil, my excitement could not be contained. The Summer School Program in Kalamata gave me the opportunity to admire Greece through countless unique perspectives, from lectures touching aspects of current and past Greek culture, to multiple breathtaking excursions to archaeological sites and museums. During these four weeks, this program gave me and my fellow classmates the chance to venture through the various stages of the majestic history of Greece, and did so with an exceptional degree of finesse. Most importantly, the Summer School Program in Kalamata brought me closer to my Hellenic heritage and roots, of which I am genuinely proud of. I’d like to thank all the organizers, teachers, supervisors and sponsors for making this trip possible. Also, to all my classmates, my new friends, I’d like to thank each and every one of you for making this summer the most unforgettable summer of my life! I feel extremely lucky to have been part of such an amazing, dynamic group of people. Keep in touch!
 
Date of Posting: 24 October 2014
Posted By: Maria Angurias
Montreal Canada

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