Culture

 

Learning

 

Leisure

 

Community engagement

 

Physical demand

 

  • All meals included Yes
  • Free beverages Yes
  • Persons per room 2-4
  • Wifi in public areas Yes
  • Laundry facilities No
  • Safety box No
  • Lockable rooms Yes
  • Hot shower Yes
  • Private bathroom No
  • Bed linen Yes
  • Towels No
  • Air conditioning No
  • Fan Yes
  • Mosquito protection Yes

Program & Schedule

Depending on the project you have chosen at a particular destination, you will have your introduction week. Prior to beginning your work in our projects, you will experience this program, a very important step that will prepare you for your stay in Cyprus. Loads of new things will be introduced to you and it will be the time to ask all your questions about the programs, the organization, the country, the culture and anything else that might come to mind.

Moreover, there will be language lessons, cooking classes, sightseeing, workshops that will introduce you to the culture, visits to our project locations and much more!

Aims & Objectives

The purpose of this program is to help you get an understanding of the manners, norms, and etiquette that is inherent in Cypriot society as well as show you around and introduce you to your new surroundings.

Schedule

Monday to Friday

The week will be action-packed. In your schedule will be:

Cyprus: Culture, habits, customs, history, social issues, are some of the topics that we will introduce you through group discussions, lectures, visits, outings, etc.

Language Lessons: A first contact with an Cypriot language and you will learn a few phrases to get by in Cypriot languages. We will start by teaching you only one! Do not forget that English is widely spoken all throughout the country.

Projects: An overview of the projects, and an explanation and presentation of your particular placement.

Information and lots of new things will be introduced to you including some sessions on cooking, project work, customs & habits, dos & don’ts, technical information, emergency situations, habits & behaviors.

Local sightseeing and meeting people will make you feel right at home. You will have the opportunity to visit market places, and natural sites in groups or individually during free time.

Group games and discussions will be the style of operating of our coordinators at the orientation week to make the theoretical sessions as dynamic as possible.

This schedule can be changed and/or amended depending on weather conditions, local conditions and unforeseen circumstances.

Participant Criteria & Requirements

Standard Requirements

Minimum age:                -

Maximum age:                -

Minimum English level:        Basic

CRB required:                On Signup

Passport copy required:        On Signup

Resume copy required:        No

Required qualification:        None

Additional Requirements

There are no further requirements for this program.

Living & Location

The present name ‘Larnaca’, first mentioned in the 15th C., comes from an ancient Greek word for a stone sarcophagus, because of the many sch objects that have been unearthed in the area, especially from the 15th C.

The fine, pavemented, palm-fringed, coastal road is really attractive with its multitude of flowers, neat cafeterias and restaurants. The residents of the area have had a bust of Kimon of Athens erected on the right end of the breakwater.

In our center, there is a mini library, a dining room, a balcony where you can hang out with fellow participants. Furthermore, there is a refrigerator which you are welcome to use to store food and beverages.

Food Arrangements

You will be provided with three meals a day on weekdays and two meals per day on weekends. The meals are a Cypriot dishes consisting mainly of vegetarian dishes. You can expect to have a chicken dish about twice per week. You can also use the kitchen facilities to cook for yourself or eat out at any of the local restaurants.

Facilities

ATMs: There are ATM's around our centers. The closest one to our residence is about a 15 minute walk from the house.

Shop: The closest local supermarket is a 10 minute walk from the centre.

Activities & Events

No scheduled activities outside the program.

Sights & Surroundings

There are many sights and surroundings which you can explore during your time in Cyprus.

Transportation

From this location we do not provide free transport to other locations.

Quick Facts

Name:                Republic of Cyprus

Population:        1,141,166 million

Capital:        Nicosia

Language:        Armenian & Cypriot Arabic

Currency:        Euro (EUR)

Time zone:        EET (UTC+2); Summer EEST (UTC+3)

Country Information

As gorgeous as the goddess Aphrodite, rich in myths, history and culture, both European and Oriental, Cyprus lies at the crossroads of three continents. Mysterious as well as restless, politically divided yet unified in culture and tradition, it proudly waits to bestow on the visitor the magic of this past and present, brilliant sunlight,, sparkling sea and exceptions natural surroundings, sparkling sea and exceptional natural surroundings.

Enjoy the rich and varied cuisine and vivid night life. Dive in the emerald blue sea and explore its rich and arid marine life. Stroll around its unique antiquities, admire the monuments left behind by its various conquerors and visit its numerous Byzantine monasteries and chapels, many of them World Heritage sites. Cyprus, the inspiration of pets and artists of many cultures over many centuries will endow you with the memories and experiences you will cherish for a lifetime.

Cyprus has long been popular with travelers. Its beauty and glorious weather have been the inspiration of many writers and artists. The numerous archaeological treasures are a sight to behold, so make sure you have a camera. The villages of Cyprus offer a wonderful contrast to the towns. Each village is different from the next and each offers its own unique and memorable moments reflecting the slower pace of life, closely linked to the passing seasons.

Larnaca: The name Larnaca comes from the greek word “Larnax” meaning sarcophagus, many of which have been unearthed in this area. Legend has it that the first settlement at the sport was founded by Noah’s grandson, Khittim.

In the 18th century , Larnaca became a trading centre for the island and, since the 1974 Turkish invasion, the airport there has developed into the main international airport of Cyprus.

The fine, pavemented palm-fringed, coastal road is really attractive, with its multitude of flowers, neat cafeterias and restaurants. The residents of the area have had a bust of Kimon of Athens erected on the right end of the breakwater in honour of the ancient warrior who was killed here in the struggle to liberate Cyprus from the Persians. In front of the breakwater is a Palm Beach, with its wide sands and clear sea (awarded a blue flag). In June every year, on the feast day of the Holy Spirit, the Cataclysm (or Flood) Festival, dating from the period of Venetian rule and consisting of a variety of events including yacht racing, is held over a two-week period.

Climate

Cyprus has a Mediterranean climate: hot, dry summers from June to September and mild, wet winters from November to March which are separated by short Autumn and Spring seasons of rapid change in weather patterns of October, April and May.

Sunshine is abundant during the whole year, particularly from April to September when the daily average exceeds 11 hours. Winds are on the whole light to moderate. Gales are very infrequent and heavy storms rare.

Snow hardly falls in the lowlands and on the Pentadaktylos range, but is a frequent feature very winter on ground above 1000 meters in the Troodos range. From December till April snow is usually in evidence there, but hardly continuous. Yet during the coldest months it lies in the considerable depths for several weeks, attracting skiers.

Culture

Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots share a lot in common in their culture but also have differences. Several traditional food (such as souvla and halloumi) and beverages are similar, as well as expressions and ways of life. Hospitality and buying or offering food and drinks for guests or others are common among both. In both communities, music, dance and art are integral parts of social life and many artistic, verbal and nonverbal expressions, traditional dances such as tsifteteli, similarities in dance costumes and importance placed on social activities are shared between the communities. However, the two communities have distinct religions and religious cultures, with the Greek Cypriots traditionally being Greek Orthodox and Turkish Cypriots traditionally being Sunni Muslims, which has partly hindered cultural exchange. Greek Cypriots have influences from Greece and Christianity, while Turkish Cypriots have influences from Turkey and Islam.

The Limassol Carnival Festival is an annual carnival which is held at Limassol, in Cyprus. The event which is very popular in Cyprus was introduced in the 20th century.

Gastronomy

Cypriot food is fantastic. It is all about lots of small dishes shared between many, fresh pulses and beans, and gorgeous sun-drenched fruit and vegetables. Some of the dishes are Meze, Haloumi (Helimi) Cheese, Ofto Kleftiko, Kebabs, Pide & Lahmacun.