by the Greek street paper "Shedia"
We invite you to a different tour of Athens; a city walk in the capital of Greece in which homeless people are tour guides. This is a tour that does not take people to the Acropolis and the archaeological treasures of the city, but leads them through the backstreets of central Athens and aims at increasing social awareness. As is the case with other social tours organized by street papers all over the world (Hamburg, Basel, London, Munich, etc), the tour introduces visitors to many important social and community institutions (soup kitchens, day centers, drug rehabilitation centers, homeless shelters, etc). The guides provide information on the types of services offered by each institution as well as how they themselves have experienced or are still experiencing homelessness.
They share information on the changing face of homelessness and social exclusion, the challenges faced by the institutions that strive to cope with the demand for more social services, as well as the profile of the people behind community organizations that are at the forefront of the battle against poverty and social exclusion, as they try to safeguard individual and collective dignity. And this is the most striking element of “Invisible Tours”: the personal narrative; in other words, communicating one’s personal experience from living on the streets. All of the tour guides are “Shedia” street paper vendors.
The tour will start from the offices of Shedia street paper in central Athens and finish at Vathis square. Then, the Living English Studio group will walk towards the Archaeological Museum of Athens for a quick debriefing discussion.
Book your place at firstname.lastname@example.org or 210 9763049
The event is open to the Living English Studio learners, to their friends and to anyone who wants to get to know us. This event is open to the public.
• Meeting point: Shedia street paper offices, Nikiou 2, 10560 Athens
• Duration: Approx. 2 hours and 30min (The duration of the tour is approx. 2 hours)
• Participation fee: 8€ (5€ for students)
• The participation of unemployed and retired people is free of charge
• Participants must be from 15 years of age or older
• The tour will be in Greek and the presentation and discussion will be in English
• The maximum number of participants per tour group is 15, and the minimum number is 5.
More about Shedia street paper and the “Invisible tours” can be found at www.shedia.gr