Welfare Club Visits Mt. Athos
Nineteen 4th form students, all members of the Welfare Club, run by Aristotelis Papaioannou, visited the monasteries of Mt. Athos to learn about the daily life of monks and this alternative form of social solidarity.
The group left Anatolia for Ouranoupoli, where they boarded the boat to the Docheiariou monastery. From there, they walked to the Konstamonitou monastery, where they spent their first night. On Saturday, they visited St. Paul’s monastery, where they spent their second night. On Sunday, they returned to Thessaloniki.
The trip allowed the students to experience the life of the first Christian communes, such as shared meals, shared life goals, and satisfying everyone’s basic needs. They also admired the architecture of the monasteries, amazing icons and woodcraft, library manuscripts, and byzantine music.