Viticulture & Agriculture internships offer hands-on experiences at vineyards and farms in small towns around Greece. Interns assist local farmers with seasonal tasks, learning both modern and traditional techniques. These are culturally immersive internships, where you’ll experience traditional Greek lifestyle and values and contribute to locally-owned farms and vineyards.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation provided.
As a Viticulture and Agriculture intern, you’ll get a unique cultural experience as well as the chance to learn and use practical farming techniques from local Greek farmers. Interns are based in smaller towns or villages, such as Meteora and Nemea, that focus on agricultural activities. People in these areas live traditional lives based around family and food, and interns are immersed into local families and the way of life.
As an intern, you’ll work alongside local farmers on seasonal tasks to produce healthy grapes and quality wine. Because tasks are seasonal, interns should come with an open mind and willingness to help with whatever activities are being carried out at the time. Activities are largely based around manual work, and can include:
- Planting and maintenance of crops
- Soil preparation
- Erecting support structures for the plants
- Assisting with irrigation
- Controlling for pests and diseases
- Assisting to crush and ferment grapes
- Assisting with packing/bottling/labeling
Your work will be carried out in rural vineyards, not wineries themselves. These rural areas are up to four hours from Athens, and have few tourist attractions. As an intern, you should be comfortable in rural areas and be able to entertain yourself in a pristine, unique environment. There may also be livestock on some farms. This is an ideal setting for those looking for a digital detox, and wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of main centers.
Internships run year-round, but the busiest period for viticulture placements is during harvest season from mid August to early October. For the months between June to December, interns can also help in chestnut and olive production in the Peloponnese and Chania regions, subject to availability. Interns should also consider weather conditions at the time of your travel, which are very hot in late summer (July - August), and very cold in winter (January - February). It’s important to prepare accordingly for the environment and anticipate hard work that is physically demanding and sometimes repetitive.
Interns should expect to encounter a language barrier with some locals, but your supervisor will be English-speaking.
Viticulture and Agriculture interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Manual work supporting the production of grapes, wine, chestnuts or olives
- Planting and growing
- Picking and harvesting
- Packaging/bottling wine
Professional development opportunities:
- Get hands-on agriculture production experience by working on a real farm
- Learn about food gathering & plant needs
- Learn how the agricultural system works in a foreign country
- Network with food producing professionals
- Improve your physical fitness and strength working on manual tasks
- Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence.
- Monday to Friday, 7am to 4pm
- Gain hands-on farming and horticulture skills and contribute to food and wine production
- Learn both traditional and modern farming techniques
- Enjoy a rare culturally immersive experience in rural Greece with friendly people, rich cuisine and a truly unique landscape
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It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.
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It is important to note that internships in Athens do not include meals and interns should budget to cover this Independently. Kitchen facilities are provided in all accommodation for independent meal preparation. Internships in Greece are provided through an organization which is accredited to run projects under Erasmus+. European students are encouraged to speak with their local Erasmus office regarding funding and grant opportunities for their internship.