the aim

According to the International Olympic Committee* the three core Values of Olympism are Excellence, Friendship and Respect. They constitute the foundation on which the Olympic Movement builds its activities to promote sport, culture and education with a view to building a better world.

The original values of Olympism as expressed in the Olympic Charter were to “encourage effort”, “preserve human dignity” and “develop harmony”.

Over time, they have evolved and are now expressed in more contemporary terms as:

  • Striving for excellence and encouraging people to be the best they can be.
  • Celebrating friendship, which is quite unique to the Olympic Games – an event that brings people together every few years.
  • Demonstrating respect in many different manners: respect towards yourself, the rules, your opponents, the environment, the public, etc.

This is the idea of setting your rivalries aside. There is more that unites us than divides us.

Olympism is a philosophy of life, exalting and combining in a balanced whole the qualities of body, will and mind. Blending sport with culture and education, Olympism seeks to create a way of life based on the joy found in effort, the educational value of good example and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles.

The goal of the Olympic Movement is to contribute to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practiced without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit, which requires mutual understanding with a spirit of friendship, solidarity and fair play.

*The Fundamentals of Olympic Values Education, International Olympic Committee.

The World Olympic Summer School aims to raise awareness relating to the Olympic Values and to prepare the next generation of the Olympic Values Ambassadors. Students participating in the program will receive a participation certificate


In the Olympic Summer School students will have the chance to learn the meaning of the three core Values of Olympism: Excellence, Friendship and Respect*.

Excellence: This is about giving one’s best, on the field of play or in your personal and professional life. It is about trying your hardest to win, but it’s also about the joy of participating, achieving your personal goals, striving to be and to do your best in your daily lives and benefiting from the healthy combination of a strong body, mind and will.

Friendship: This encourages us to consider sport as a tool to help foster greater mutual understanding among individuals and people from all over the world. The Olympic Games inspire people to overcome political, economic, gender, racial or religious differences and forge friendships in spite of those differences.

Respect: This value incorporates respect for oneself, one’s body, for others, for the rules and regulations, for sport and the environment. Related to sport, respect stands for fair play and for the fight against doping and any other unethical behavior.

*The core values of OlympismInternational Olympic Committee

Focusing on Respect (the R-Project), the students will learn the importance of respecting others, the world tangible and intangible cultural heritage and the planet (environment)




The Educational Program of the World Olympic Summer School engages the students with the value “Respect” in an active and creative way. The program includes workshops, play, story circles and discussion, and it is reinforced by a variety of sports activities.

The designed activities motivate students to work together on specific tasks. This collaborative approach is a teaching method that introduces new knowledge and concepts by offering to the participants numerous opportunities to practice respect for others and for themselves. It also helps the students develop their communication and teamwork skills.

During the World Olympic Summer School 2022, the students will:

  • become familiar with true Fair Play stories and impressive acts of Olympic sportsmanship
  • learn about the Ancient Greek principles and values which have formed the core values of the Olympic Movement
  • meet various aspects of the Ancient Greek Civilization
  • recognize the meaning of the World Cultural Heritage
  • develop intercultural competences in the achievement of Intercultural Dialogue
  • be introduced to sustainable practices concerning their daily dietary routines


Through the Sports program students will learn the meaning of fair play.

The Sports program includes:

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Athletics
  • Tennis
  • Swimming

During the day small tournaments of ping pong will also take place The students will also participate in a various sports activities.




The Cultural Program engages with the value of Respect for the other, embracing diversity and inclusion.

Culture is regarded as a crucial factor for strengthening social cohesion in a globalized and interconnected world. The program starts with a “Visit to the Past” and finishes with the Workshop “Intercultural Dialogue for a Sustainable Future”. The Workshop aims to enhance the students’ global citizenship, as active and participatory members of a multicultural society. It promotes “learning to live together” and offers to the students the opportunity to develop the skills of communication and behavior through non-discrimination and harmonious interaction.

The program includes:

  • A visit to the archaeological site, the ancient Olympic stadium, and the museum of Ancient Olympia
  • A visit to the Archimedes Museum combined with a workshop in the museum
  • A visit to the Olympic Games 2004 archive


The Environmental Program focuses on Respect for oneself and for the environment. How do our nutritional choices affect our health as well as the environment? The Workshops offered will create awareness on the above issue. The students will learn about the value of nutrition and about the impact that our nutritional choices have on the environment. Additionally, the participants will be informed about sustainable practices related to their daily dietary routines; practices that can be of great help not only to them but also to the whole planet.



The World Olympic Summer School is promoting the Sustainable Development Goals focusing on: Goal 3 – Good Health and Well- Beeing, Goal 4 – Quality Education, Goal 5 – Gender Equality, Goal 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production, Goal 13 – Climate Action, Goal 15 – Life on Land, Goal 16 – Peace Justice and strong Institutions and Goal 17 – Partnerships for Goals.



The participants of the School have the opportunity to take part in an optional German Language course (a total of 24 lessons of 45 minutes each) supported by Goethe Institut.

Prerequisite: Level of knowledge in German A2 or B1.