ABOUT US

Our organization, Pytheas’ Path was named after the Ancient Greek explorer, Pytheas of Massalia. In the 320’s BC, he set out to explore the unknown world. Pytheas’ explorations took him from the Mediterranean to the undiscovered British Isles, which he circumnavigated, explored and engaged in trade with the local populations. He went up to the Arctic Circle and down through the Germanic Region, discovering different populations, materials and trade routes. He brought all of his experiences home and shared his vast knowledge and discoveries with the Ancient Greeks. 

Pytheas was a person who through courage, curiosity and sheer determination was able to expand his personal horizons and consequently those of the Ancient Greek’s world. The refugees that apply to our program have faced adversity on their own journey, but by taking the first step in approaching our organization, have shown that like Pytheas, they too are determined to seek out and stake their place in the world. 
 

OUR VALUES

Pytheas' Path was started in 2017 as a response to the refugee crisis at the time taking place in Europe. We sympathised with the refugees that were fleeing from violence and persecution, and understood that they were seeking to improve the quality of their lives and their families lives. But at the same time, we felt that if after the enormous distance they had travelled, with all those risks and dangers associated with that journey, that if they were not able to finally arrive and integrate themselves into European Society...then well, it would all have been in vain. And so as a response to this, we established Pytheas' Path to help those refugees - who have already shown that they have resolve and determination - achieve their full potential for themselves and society. 

 

 
 
  • CHRISTOPHER JONES

    FOUNDER

    Chris grew up living between Australia and New Zealand and moved to Europe in 2015 at the height of the refugee crisis. Feeling strongly for those that are most vulnerable and dismayed by what he saw as a lack of opportunity for refugees in Greece, he sought out an avenue where he could contribute to the lives of the refugees arriving in the EU.

  • AHMED FAYYAD

    GENERAL MANAGER

    Ahmed is originally from Egypt and has experience in teaching physical sciences. He is our tutor in Athens, assisting applicants with IB exams as well as English and Arabic language tutoring. 

SUHEL ALKARAAZA

ENGLISH TEACHER

Suhel is originally from Daraa, Syria. He was a law student at Damascus University. In 2016 he moved to Greece and started volunteering with different NGOs. With 3 years experience in translation and teaching, Suhell speaks Arabic and English.

SOBHAN ESFANDYARI

WEB DEVELOPMENT TEACHER

Sobhan grew up in Iran and he studied Computer Engineering at University and worked as a programmer, English teacher, and political activist when he was in Iran. In 2018 he came to Greece and since then he's been teaching as a volunteer in many NGOs.

NAEL AL TAWIL

SOCIAL STUDIES

Nael is a multicultural certified English instructor who is of versatile pedagogic styles and hands-on experience in teaching English as a foreign language in the Gulf area. He has a wide range of experience in Foreign language learning difficulties. He’s volunteering at Pytheas as an English tutor and GED specialist.

GRETCHEN TRAPP

LOVELY VOLUNTEER

Gretchen is from the USA, near Chicago. After finishing her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2016, her work and studies have taken her to live in four different countries: Thailand, Germany, the UK, and now the Netherlands. She completed her Master’s degree in Education and International Development from University College London, in 2019. She has 5 years of experience as a tutor and teacher. She is building on her research to develop ways for students to apply practical English skills in new courses at Pytheas’ Path. She provides English language instruction for varying courses. She additionally aims to support teachers through collaborative planning.

SAFIULLAH SADAT

LOVELY VOLUNTEER

Saifullah is originally from Kunduz Afghanistan and he’s a former student of the Police Academy. Since his arrival to Greece late in 2018 he started volunteering in Pytheas Path as an Office Manager Coordinator and English ABC level instructor for Farsi-speaking starter students.

IOANNA PAPADAKI

GREEK TEACHER

Ioanna was born and raised in Greece. She is a young and enthusiastic person, currently pursuing a bachelor in Greek philology, with a specialization in linguistics, at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her strong concern about vulnerable groups motivated her to be actively volunteering in many NGOs and to take part in several European projects which aim to raise awareness among young people.

LEILA QOUAIDER

GREEK TEACHER

Leila is basically from Tunisia and she’d relocated to Greece in 2003 where she started her career as a cultural mediator in some in-field active NGOs. She has the passion to share her expertise in both Greek and French languages with vulnerable students.

GINNY SALES

LOVELY VOLUNTEER

Ginny has worked as a teacher and trainer in English as an Additional Language and English as a Foreign Language for many years, in the UK and other countries.  She provides training for schools, university teacher training programmes, and conferences.  She is also involved with improving community-based English language teaching for asylum-seeking and refugee adult learners in her local area. She has always combined training and consultancy with her own teaching so as not to lose touch with the daily challenges and delights of classroom interaction.

JACK RUANE

LOVELY VOLUNTEER

Jack is originally from London and has been teaching English for the last 11 years in the UK, Brazil, Colombia, Morocco, and Italy. He is currently completing an MA in Education, International Development, and Health Promotion at University College London and volunteers for Pytheas’s Path giving support and training to Teachers. In his free time, he enjoys cycling and practicing Spanish and Italian.

NIMA MORAD

LOVELY VOLUNTEER

Nima is originally from Iran. He is currently a student at the second highschool of international education. He has moved to Greece and has experience volunteering in (one happy family). He speaks Persian and English.

ABOUT

Pytheas' Path empowers individual refugees to reach independence. We accomplish this through a variety of programs that teach language skills and offer mentorship, supported by donations and aid organizations.