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The British Embassy visited the Cyclades Green Volunteers in Andros!

Last month, the British Embassy of Athens arrived on the island of Andros to meet Russel and Lizzie, the two generous British ‘Cyclades Green Volunteers’ on the field – hosted by Andros Research Center (ARC). Ulli Stahlmann, a volunteer member of the ARC team, welcomed the visitors and presented the organization and the projects:  Andros Routes and Clean Green Andros.

After the introductions, the group headed for a short hike to path 15A, a lovely walk near Gavrio port. Here, they saw first-hand the efforts required to maintain and enhance the ancient paths, with activities such as painting signposts, cleaning and renovating steps, and pruning the vegetation. Lizzie and Russell had been busy maintaining the Andros trails for two weeks already.

The Embassy representatives along with CPF and ARC team members had the opportunity to monitor but also participate in the fieldwork for Andros Routes project, making a significant and symbolic contribution to the project.

The Embassy representatives were interested to learn more about the two projects; the certification of the trails, the volunteering institution (the Route Angels), the maintenance hikes, the plastic pollution issues, the waste management problems, the Drink Andros Water campaign, and the involvement of both residents and cultural associations in the maintenance and promotion of trails. Ulli highlighted the importance of volunteers in supporting the work of the organization saying that “The local society embraced the volunteers in a warm way. Their passion and enthusiasm helped to make a difference and highlight the importance of our work at the local level”.

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Mrs Jaime Turner, Policy Advisor of the Embassy, talked with the volunteers and stakeholders of the project and commented: «It was quite important for us to support a programme that would give the opportunity of a direct interaction between Greek and British people. I am happy to realise the common ground to work on for important cross cutting issues like the one of the environmental protection of the beautiful Cyclades».

The meeting ended up with a promise to return to Andros again, to walk on the paths and take part in one of the regular maintenance hikes.

 

The Cyclades Green Volunteers program is an initiative of the Cyclades Preservation Fund with the support of the British Embassy Athens. From September to November 2021, four volunteers have offered their time and effort on site in Andros and another two volunteers are working remotely on digital initiatives for Andros Research Center.

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An ‘on-line Cyclades Green Volunteer’ describes his experience!

I am Apostolis and I became a ‘Cyclades Green Volunteer’ for Andros from home! What I am actually doing is contributing to develop the website for the new interesting project “Clean Green Andros” and I am excited to see it first!

It was my first time to volunteer from home – remotely, but unexpectedly all my goals were met thanks to Andros Research Center team and communication. This is the reason as I still participate to the volunteer program, after the official end of the project.

The most enjoyable part for me was meeting new people, sharing their thoughts and concerns for the island of Andros and learning so much about recycling and waste management. 

If I had a bit faster Internet, a better chair, relaxing music and a lot of coffee would really help (kidding)!

I am doing this, because I believe in volunteering, in people’s decency.
When you are doing something pro bono, you can achieve better results, because you are doing this why you like it and not for money.
Also I volunteer for this position, to gain experience as a WordPress developer and use it professional way later on.

I recommend everybody to participate and become part of the Cyclades islands in another way!

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Evanthia ‘precious’ experience in Apano Meria, Syros island!

I spent the first week of November in the beautiful Syros island and the amazing ‘Precious Plastic’ lab of Apano Meria organization! From the beginning, Eleni and Spyros, the people in charge of the project, welcomed me and guided me to the lab. There, Spyros showed me the upcycling machines they have made and explained to me the usefulness and functionality of each one.

My daily work in the lab mainly included the separation of plastic lids based on color (a rather meditative process I would say!) And their crushing in the shreder machine.

I also got in touch with the KOINSEP (social enterprise) “Apano Meria” other work and listened with great interest their vision, as Eleni conveyed it to me:
the sustainable touristic development of Apano Meria region in Syros, with respect for nature and an alternative approach to what an island can offer to its visitors (nature walks, paths that lead to secluded beaches and maintaining the cultural heritage of the island).

In conclusion, I have to say that it was definitely a worthwhile experience and I would like to share some thoughts that came to me.
Initially, the view with the crates from the lids was something impressive!

I think that the Plastic lab itself is a fantastic educational program to get into the schools, because when you go to the trouble of managing this amount of waste, you start to realize the impact it has on the environment, as well as it can make you think that -perhaps- the most ideal way of management would be non-production from the beginning and -perhaps- the best way to do this is for us consumers to choose companies and products that choose sustainable packaging and respect the environment, because in the end where we spend our money, some times is louder than any vote we give!

We would like to thank Evanthia for her generous contribution and her positive vibes for the project and wish to see her again in Syros!

As I was separating and emptying some of them, I realized that each crate corresponds to a multiple volume of plastic bottles, which will also need to be managed in some way or end up in a landfill and at sea.

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Welcome Suzie in Andros!

She is from the UK, a Greek island lover already, she has spent time in Naxos last year –  volunteering for the animal welfare association and now she is back in Cyclades to become a Green Volunteer – among others.

 

Number 37 on my list of things to do before I turn 50 is to help clear plastic from the ocean, so we are delighted to support her to reduce the plastic in Andros island! 

 

On her first days, she met the team and was given an overview of the projects, challenges and goals of the organization. A short path walk to discover the acorns and see what path maintenance actually could mean (fences fixing or signs painting etc). She loves walking the paths and getting to know about the trees n flowers around. Nurdle hunts and beach clean ups followed by Suzie making her a precious contributor in a Clean Andros! She has developed already a lot of ideas and suggestions on these and other issues coming up by her skills and experience.

Despite the English rainy weather one day.. she managed to see the rainbow! She was also invited in a birthday party of a team member and she really enjoyed, immersing into the local culture this way as well.   

Let’s follow her adventure and learn more about Suzie and her volunteer activity!

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Welcome Kevin, the first Cyclades Green Volunteer!

Kevin has travelled from far away to volunteer in Andros island and become our first Cyclades Green Volunteer, empowered by the Cyclades Preservation Fund in collaboration with the Andros Research Center and supported by the British Embassy in Athens.

We prepared a nice welcome for him, we arranged to meet many members of the team and we all introduced ourselves. Kevin was given an introduction to the two initiatives, Andros Routes and Clean Green Andros, as well as a manual with more detailed information about the two organizations and the work that I will be doing while on Andros. We discussed his schedule for the first week.

After the introduction meeting, we went on a short hike through Agios Petros village – where we got a quick look at painting the sign-posts and then walked around the village, drank from the spring, and visited the tower. After having a fresh lemonade back in Gavrio, we went for a short swim before a few of us had a seafood dinner at the end of this first welcome day.

“From the very beginning everyone was super welcoming and excited to have me here which was really wonderful. I genuinely felt valued and could see the effort that went into planning my time here. I felt like I got quite a good idea of what I would be doing while I am here but was also made to feel comfortable with communicating any needs I had/will have”, Kevin said and we were all more than excited to host him in the Cyclades!

 

Within the next days, Kevin will get a deeper look into Andros environmental focused projects as well as into the culture and local community. Stay tuned!

Would you like to become the next Cyclades Green volunteer? Choose your own adventure and apply! https://greenvolunteers.cycladespreservationfund.org/volunteer-positions/

Follow Kevin’s stories on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/cycladesgreenvolunteers/

 

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Open call for Cyclades Green Volunteers

We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who will live the unique experience in the Greek Cycladic paradise combining volunteering, exploration & leisure this year.
Applications are open until the 28th of August 2021.

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Meet our Local Champions!

The Cyclades Preservation Fund is a registered Charity established in October 2017 in the UK to support sustainable initiatives and to promote the preservation of the exceptional beauty and natural value of the Cyclades.

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Onto the islands

We are a group of Greek and international friends of the ‘Cycladic Islands’ driven by confidence that the Cycladic islands have an incredible opportunity to evolve in a positive way and preserve their unique history, culture, traditions and environmental heritage while maintaining themselves as a global touristic destination.