“When I got on the plane to go to Greece I had no clue what to expect, but it turned out to be the greatest three months of my life. Engage taught me more about being a friend, a leader, and a servant than any experience I’ve ever had. It has truly changed the person I am and the way I view the world and the people around me. I was motivated, challenged, and overall got to have a lot of fun with a great group of people. I grew friendships that I know I’ll have forever and it doesn’t hurt that it’s in one of the greatest cities in the world. I couldn’t have chosen any better way to spend a semester!”
– Lia Feliz

 

“Spending a semester in Greece was by far the best decision that I could have made as a college student. Before my semester in Thessaloniki, I knew that I loved studying culture, getting to know new people, and getting to know new places, but what I did not no was that Engage would be the single most beneficial thing that I would participate in during my college career. Engage Greece stretched me mentally and spiritually in ways that I never thought possible for some kid from the “middle of nowhere” in southwestern Virginia. I learned so much about myself, the things I am really good at, the things I am super bad at, the things I need to work on and the things that I truly love to do. I learned that, for me, one of the most rewarding things to do is to sit down over a coffee and have a conversation about life with a dear friend or go to the gym with a couple of buddies and joke around about how much better one of us did at the CrossFit workout than the others did. I learned that it was the many things I considered insignificant that could lead to the most significant moment in someone else’s life. I learned that loving without an agenda is the only way to love friends. But I think the most important thing that I learned from Engage Greece, was that true happiness comes whenever you are listening to God. When times got rough, when things would get stressful, or when I started to miss home I would feel God would subtly remind me that He made the way for me to study in Greece. Engage Greece doesn’t just provide you with the opportunity to live in another country for 3 months, Engage Greece provides you with 3 months of personal and spiritual growth, while getting to see growth all around you. The experiences I had while an “engager” will forever change the way I live my life!”
– Cody Keen

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