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Victoria Chatziargyriou

2018/19 Athens

Since graduating in Biology, Victoria has worked as an environmental educator. She has an MSc in environmental education and other alternative teaching techniques. Travelling around Greece working in nature conservation for NGOs, she formed a clear idea of her dream job: to inspire young people about respect for nature and support their connection with it.

Victoria is the co-founder of GreeNest, a team focused on developing educational curricula on sustainability and permaculture for schools of Athens. Her vision is to transform schools into permaculture centers. She truly believes that alternative forms of education could form a different society based on environmental ethics, which is actually respect for life.

Project Progress Phase II Phase I

Phase II

Project implementation in Greece

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Dec - May

Project Title


What is greeNest? GreeNest was created by a group of people from different scientific backgrounds. The group aims to design and implement environmental educational programs for schools, in order to help them evolve into sustainable living organisms. Combining experiential education teaching techniques and STEAM, students learn about energy efficiency, food ethics, water management and waste management, and transform their schools into permaculture centers.

Phase I

Capacity building in Germany

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Sep - Nov

Project Title


 greeNest is aiming at the transformation of Rafina's schools into sustainable living organisms, involving the local community.

greeNest will design and implement educational environmental programs in the five public schools of Rafina, a small rural region close to Athens. Experiential learning and hands on activities will be used, so as the children to be introduced in the main ideas of permaculture. The aim is to transform schools into sustainable ecosystems. The municipality is going to be involved by providing its public facilities such as an area for composting the organic waste the schools produce.
Rafina is a coastal area with a forest of pine trees still remaining. There is also an ecocommunity in the forest, that is interested in getting involved to the project by providing the place for outdoor education and environmental awareness. greeNest already has the official permission from the ministry of education to operate the environmental programms in schools.
We are planning to design more educational programms adding themes like waste management, bioclimatic design,food efficiency, energy litteracy, water management. There is nothing similar in the area and there is a great lack of awareness in environmental issues in Rafina.


Host Institution

HausDrei e.V.

We are HausDrei, a sociocultural center in Altona-Altstadt, a vibrant district located in the heart of Hamburg. We see ourselves as a meeting point for our neighbors, so our programe is as diverse as the neighborhood we are based in.

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