• March 6, 2020 - March 14, 2020
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

MARCH 6-14, 2020

Orthodox Christian college students will journey from the United States to Thessaloniki, Greece, in order to personally experience the living μαρτυρία (witness) and διακονία (service) of the Christian communities of Northern Greece. The host institution will be the historic Great Church of the Theotokos, that is, the Church of the Acheiropoietos, which was built in the center of Byzantine Thessaloniki in the fifth century. 

During Real Break Thessaloniki, the students will visit many of the region’s sacred sites and venerate the numerous relics and icons that have adorned them for centuries. This includes the churches and relics of St. Demetrios, Sts. Cyril and Methodios, St. Gregory Palamas, St. Theodora and St. David, as well as the churches of Rotunda, Haghia Sophia, St. Nicholas Orphanos and the Holy Apostles. Participants will also visit the Holy Monasteries of Meteora and Ormylia. Additionally, trip participants will have the opportunity to experience several outreach ministries of the Metropolis of Thessaloniki. 



Total Trip Cost – $1,800.00

Trip Deposit Required to Register – $180.00 (10% of total trip cost)

The trip cost includes transportation, lodging, meals, outings, materials, and donations to the trip hosts. It does not include a participant’s domestic or international flights.

Real Break 2020 Payment and Liability Policies


Clergy Leader – Fr. Michael Tishel

Lay Leader – Jenny Stasinopoulos


Participants must arrive at the Thessaloniki Airport (SKG) between 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM EASTERN EUROPEAN TIME on March 7, 2020. This means participants must book a flight departing the US on March 6, 2020. Shuttles will depart the airport at 3:00 PM, 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM, and 9:00 PM.

Participants must depart the Thessaloniki Airport (SKG) between 7:00 AM and 2:00 PM on March 14, 2020.

Each participant will be responsible for making their own domestic and international travel arrangements. Participants must book their international flights no later than February 15, 2020. If a student would like to travel on the same international flight as the trip leaders, those details will be shared with all participants no later than January 15, 2020.


Participants will be staying at the Stay Hybrid Hostel in Thessaloniki. OCF students will not share rooms with non-OCF guests of the hostel. All linens/towels will be provided.


If a registrant chooses to pay for their trip online, or someone would like to donate to their trip online, it may be done by visiting www.ocf.net/sponsor. The registrant or donor must make sure to specify the Real Break student’s name and trip at the time of donation.


Both the registrants themselves as well as donors may contribute to a Real Break 2020 trip by making a check payable to “Orthodox Christian Fellowship” and including the name and Real Break trip of the participant they are supporting. Checks may be mailed to: Orthodox Christian Fellowship, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline, MA 02445.

QUESTIONS? Email Anastasia at realbreakstudent@ocf.net or call the OCF National Office at 617-850-1227.

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