Greek Viticulture internship placements are based outside of Athens, in smaller towns and villages which focus on agricultural activities. Typically, the sites are either based in the regions of Thessaly (near Meteora) or Corinthia (near Nemea).
At certain times of the year (June through December) additional agriculture placements are available for chestnut and olive cultivation. These are situated within the regions of Peloponnese and Chania and are subject to availability.
In all cases, the locations of viticulture and agricultural placements are rural and not very touristy, which should be kept in mind by interns. In some cases, livestock may also be present on the farms.
Come prepared for a Viticulture and Agriculture internship to be immersed in a traditional Greek lifestyle, where the pace of life is slower and treasured values include time spent outdoors, family, and quality shared time together over coffee and a good meal.
Generally, wine tasting tours are not held at the vineyards where the internships take place so activities are primarily focused on production and the associated manual work. Seasonality of viticulture depends on the variety of the grape, so interns must come with a flexible, adaptive mindset, willingness to learn and focus on the priorities at hand. Note that early morning starts are usually required!
Activities run year-round but the busiest period for viticulture placements is often during harvest between mid August to early October. Expected activities can include, but may not be limited to:
- 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
Concerning the seasonality of the activities, interns are strongly encouraged to consider weather conditions, as outdoor work occurs year-round. During the harvest period in late summer, the weather can be very hot. Alternatively, winter conditions can be very cold and wet. Interns must prepare accordingly for the environment and anticipate hard work that is physically demanding and sometimes repetitive.
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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.
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- All Intern Abroad programs attract a Registration Fee of US$299 in addition to the Program Fee.
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What extra costs will I have?
- Visa, flights, travel insurance (mandatory), vaccinations, criminal background check.
- Transfer back to the airport at the conclusion of the program (approximately €10 for a one-way metro ticket to the airport or between €38/day or €54/night via taxi).
- Language lessons (optional)
- Souvenirs + tourism/leisure activities during free time.
- Personal spending money to cover basic expenses such as meals and public transportation. Interns generally find US$130 - US$200 per week to be sufficient.