Apply now for Greek government funded trip to the Ionian islands for 18-30 year olds

New educational program for expatriate Eptanesians
"Return to our roots"

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs / General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad and the Region of the Ionian Islands intend to implement an educational program entitled "Return to our roots" for 14 young immigrants around the world, 18-30 years old, whose heritage is from the Ionian Islands. The selection of participants will be as follows: 4 from Corfu and Paxos, 2 from Lefkada and Meganisi, 3  from Cephalonia, 2 from Ithaca and 3 from Zakynthos.

The aim of this program is for youth with Ionian islands heritage to connect and to experience the customs and traditions of the Ionian Islands and to strengthen their relations with Greece and their places of origin.

The 15-day program will take place from August 26 to September 9, 2018, on the following islands, with a final destination in Corfu, for the follow-up of the First International Meeting of Ecumenical Expatriates, where the young participants will share their experiences and suggestions.

The itinerary is as follows:

  • 26, 27 and 28/8/2018 Zakynthos (3 nights, arrival 26/8 / departure 29/8/2018)
  • 29, 30, 31/8 and 1/9/2018 Kefalonia (4 Nights Arrival 29/8 - Departure 2/9/2018)
  • One-day visit to Ithaca (2/9/2018)
  • 2, 3 and 4/9/2018 Lefkada (3 nights arrival 2/9 departure 5/9/2018)
  • 5 to 9/9/2018 Corfu (4 nights arrival 5/9 departure 9 / 9/2018)
  • One-day visit to Paxos

The cost of accommodation (in double rooms), food, activities, and travel events within Greece is covered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs / GGAE and the Region of the Ionian Islands. Participants will have to cover the cost of their air ticket to and from Greece. The program includes visits to archaeological sites and museums, historical destinations and attractions, participation in cultural events and activities, information about the local cuisine, traditional dances etc.

Participation of the program events is mandatory throughout the duration of the trip. After arriving in Athens, all participants must meet the General Secretariat for Greeks Abroad, at Zalokosta 10, TK 10671, at 10.30 am and the departure for Zakynthos will be at the responsibility of the organizers. The end of the program is scheduled for the morning of September 9, 2018, leaving for Athens under the responsibility of the organisers, from the hotel.

Interested parties are kindly requested to complete the application form (in English) by 29 June 2018 at the latest and send it to GGAE This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the Ionian Islands Region to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The application form must be accompanied by a copy of the passport to confirm the age of the applicant and the identity check at the start of the program.

The final selection of the participants will be made by the organisers on the basis of the representation of the places of origin, the widest possible geographical representation, proximity to the solar limits, the knowledge of the Greek language, participation and activity in Greek organizations and will be announced no later than 6 July 2018.

Application Form

Program details in Greek

Applications close 29 June 2018




Mamma Mia! Here we go again. Fundraiser screening Sunday 29 July

Sunday 29 July, 2.00 pm
Palace Balwyn, 231 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn
$15 per person ($5.00 from every ticket sold will go towards fundraising for beyondblue)

Join us at Palace Cinema Balwyn for a special fundraiser screening to support beyondblue and help us make a difference to the lives of people in Australia affected by anxiety, depression and suicide.

Ten years after MAMMA MIA! THE MOVIE you are invited to return to the magical Greek island of Kalokairi in an all-new original musical based on the songs of ABBA, starring the film’s original cast and new additions including Cher. You don't want to miss it!

Contact Anna Vlass 0439 317 384 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Winery Lunch at Vines Helen's Hill, Coldstream Sunday 9 September

Sunday 9 September
1.00 pm – 4.00 pm
Vines at Helen’s Hill, Coldstream
$78 per person (includes drinks)

Join us in the picturesque Yarra Valley for a delicious three course lunch. Only 45 minutes from the CBD, you’ll feel like you’re in another world at Vines Winery.

Prior to the lunch a service will be held at the Greek Orthodox Church, Presentation of Our Lady to the Temple, 7 Macedon Avenue, Balwyn North, to celebrate Panayias Katharon with Artoklasia – the blessing of the loaves.

To book contact Loula Coutsouvelis 0431 489 687, Eugenia Vlass-Tsalikis 0413 412 181 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A bus will be organised for those who require transport to and from the winery.

1 August

Join us for Open Day at 'the Club'

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Come into the clubrooms and enjoy a casual chat with familiar faces and good coffee! Open Day is held once a month on the first Thursday of every month, unless it is a Bingo Day when Open Day will be the second Thursday. It is casual, fun and a great opportunity to chat with other Ithacans about the football, world events, your next Ithacan summer holiday or anything else that takes your fancy. We hope to see you there. All welcome.

For further details please contact Peter Paxinos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone the club on 9670 0230.

Open Day dates for 2018  from 11am are:

Thursday 8 February

Thursday 8 March

Thursday 19 April

Thursday 3 May

Thursday 14 June

Thursday 12 July

Thursday 9 August

Thursday 6 September

Thursday 4 October

Thursday 1 November

Thursday 29 November


Kourabiedes Cooking Class 25 November



Sunday 25 November
11.00 am - 1.30 pm
$10 per person
The Ithacan Historical Society invites you to the final cooking class for 2018 featuring KOURABIEDES.
Learn to make this traditional Greek Christmas delight!! Numbers are limited to  

For bookings email Peter Raftopoulos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sunday 17 June 11.00 am Dips and Tiropites (fully booked)

Sunday 21 October 11.00  am Kourabiedes (fully booked)



Bingo Dates For 2018- ΗΜΕΡΟΜΗΝΙΕΣ ΜΠΙΓΚΟ ΓΙΑ ΤO 2018

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THURSDAY 1 FEBRUARY                                                                                                                       

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THURSDAY 29 MARCH             

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THURSDAY 19 JULY                                                                                                                     

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THURSDAY 8 NOVEMBER                                                                                                                     

THURSDAY 22 NOVEMBER                                                                                                     

THURSDAY 6 DECEMBER           FINAL BINGO FOR 2018 AND BINGO CHRISTMAS LUNCH