Home is where the heart is. It may be as humble as a shepherd’s hut or as stately as a Bronze Age palace in Greece. Sometimes, though, it can be packed with greedy suitors keen on squandering someone else’s fortune. What is a young man or woman supposed to do then? Go abroad in search of knowledge and wisdom! The voyage may be long but full of palaces, old temples, new friends, and a country you thought you knew but had never truly experienced with your own senses. And since you may feel lost or timid or unsure as to your itinerary and destination, why not place your trust in a mentor who can support, teach, and inspire you? After all, Telemachus, the son of King Odysseus, did it and had by his side the invaluable assistance of Athena (yes, it’s her in our homepage), the goddess of wisdom, in the form of Mentor.

Mentor in Greece specializes in academic tourism (a.k.a. study abroad). Our mission lies in the research and promotion of ancient, Byzantine, and contemporary Greek history, culture, and philosophy through the design and implementation of experiential faculty-led education programs specially designed for students and lifelong learners from all over the world. Our comprehensive portfolio of credit-bearing study abroad programs encourages participants to study and experience Greece’s tangible and intangible cultural assets and heritage through innovative thematic routes. These cutting-edge programs are designed and implemented by experienced academics, artists, and educators, who become your mentors as you explore the preeminent archaeological sites, museums, historic monuments, and cultural venues of our beloved Greece.

Our bold mission is, through these once-in-a-lifetime experiences, to enable our mentees to realize their full potential, change their worldview, and, why not, the world itself for the better!

Meet our team

Panos Gkiokas

Co-founder & CEO

Panos was born in 1984, and raised in Eleusis. He graduated from the Kapodistrian University of Athens in 2007, and went on to do a postgraduate course in Marketing at the University of Leicester, and Heritage Management at the Hellenic Open University. In 2017 he received a scholarship from the Hellenic Initiative to participate in the StartMIT program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Since 2008, he has worked in various B2B companies in the private sector as a Sales and Marketing Director. Currently, he is active in the organization and management of NGOs, with the goal of protecting and promoting the rich cultural heritage of Greece abroad.

Yannis Pappas

Co-founder & COO

Yannis studied Italian Language & Literature at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and holds a Master's degree in Conference Interpreting & Translation (EN/FR>GR) from the University of Strasbourg. In 2014, he co-founded and is the chief operations officer at Mentor, specializing in digital communications. As he himself acknowledges, he is an introvert, typo crusader, wanderlust-filled, allergic to animal abuse/racism/bullying/stereotypes, philhellene from Chios island, Greece.

Stefano Vito Mongelli

Program Coordinator

Stefano has been an active archaeologist for over 12 years, starting out as a volunteer at the early age of 16. He is an MA Heritage Management graduate from the University of Kent, and BA Ancient History from Royal Holloway, University of London, with a very diverse professional history. He has a passion for history, archaeology, and enjoys working in the Cultural and Tourism Sector.

Kostas Vrouvas

Chief Web Officer

Kostas was born and raised in Eleusis. He is a web developer with almost a decade of experience on WordPress development, and a space enthusiast. After co-founding his own web development company, and working as a freelancer for others, he ended up being the architect behind Mentor’s web operations. He is actively involved in the WordPress community by organizing WordPress Meetups and WordCamp Athens but also as a WordPress Core Contributor.

Sarantis Makris

Graphic Designer

When he was a little kid, Sarantis wanted to be a pirate. When he grew up and learned that there are no pirates anymore, he ended up studying Graphic Design in Athens, Greece. He tries to trick everyone into thinking he is an artist ever since.

Labrini Kranioti

Communications Specialist

Born and raised in Athens, Labrini studied Mass Media and Communication at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. She is passionate about digital communication and marketing, and she can’t imagine herself without her dog, good friends and new travel stories. The quote that motivates her daily is “Do it with passion, or not at all”.