Learn Greek at Ikarian Centre

At the Ikarian Centre, on the island of Ikaria, we have offered Greek language lessons to non-native speakers continuously for the last 24 years! Our Greek language lessons are intended for: *Adults of any age who wish to begin to study Greek, or to improve their skills in Greek. *Teachers of ancient or modern Greek. *Interpreters, and translators. Various activities can motivate students to practice Greek and help them to enrich their knowledge about Greece and her people. Some of our Greek language lessons are also combined with seasonal agriculture activities, like the olive harvest. The Greek language program of study is divided into 6 levels, according to the guidelines of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). As a result, several classes are formed during each course, according to the students’ skills. Each class consists of 2-8 students at a similar level. The small class size ensures that every student will have the time to speak and practice new material in the class. It also helps us to adjust the material of classes to the individual needs and interests of each student. As a result, students dramatically improve their language skills during each hour of instruction. Ikarian Centre’s headquarters …
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Learning holidays

Stay for 4-7 days of your holidays at the Ikarian Centre’s campus, participate in the cooking, art and experimental workshops and other activities we organize, have fun and find your own answers to questions such as: Is it true that people in Ikaria forget to die? Is Greek really that difficult a language? Is it true that shops in Ikaria open in the evening? Isn’t it proof that Greeks are a bit lazy?At the end, you might change some of your beliefs … For example, you might discover that the Greek language is not that difficult after all!  You’ll learn to dance traditional dances that people are still dancing on the island, then you’ll dance them with locals in the famous “panigiria” of Ikaria. You’ll cook local dishes with local people and you might discover that “Greek mousaka” is not the most typical Greek dish… You’ll get a taste of modern Greek painting and watch some of the films that, in the mid-20th century, were partly responsible for the myth of modern Greece. You will listen to, even sing, modern Greek songs and learn about composers, singers and genres of Greek music. According to the season, you’ll discover the …
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Accommodation in Ikaria

Reserve accommodation in a room at Ikarian Centre’s campus and live an experience that goes beyond simple accommodation, as we don’t offer simple accommodation, but a circle of activities. Our activities (traditional dance courses, slides shows and lectures about the island, hiking on the nearby area) will help you to have a pleasant and creative holiday. Note that as Ikarian Centre is mainly a Greek language school, we strongly encourage and help our guests to organize “tandem meetings” between them. In Tandem meetings, two people who learn the language of the other (for example a Greek who learns German and a German who learns Greek) spend a certain amount of time in meetings, speaking with the other (the “tandem”) in his mother tongue. The activities are offered for free during July – August. The campus was created to host Ikarian Centre’s Greek language courses and students. During the period of time of the summer when there are no courses, we offer the rooms of the campus to other guests. The campus is located in a quiet and beautiful spot or a rural area, at 200m altitude, between the village of Arethousa and the coastal village of Karavostamo. The sea is …
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Initiatives & Volunteering

Initiatives & Volunteering

We are not just a Greek language school and learning centre. We care about the environment. We also worry about the rise of intolerance and fanaticism. For this reason we have established “Dialogos”, a non-profit organization that promotes small-scale projects and actions based on volunteering. Dialogos is a local organization. Its headquarters are on the island of Ikaria and activities are coordinated through the Ikarian Centre’s campus in Arethousa. Dialogos’ initiatives aim to motivate people, especially the local people of Ikaria, to protect their environment. “Dialogos” also aims to motivate Greek and Turks living in both sides of the border to go beyond prejudices, intolerance  and fanaticism and start a common dialogue. Therefore, with Dialogos we are running projects based on volunteer work, like the “project Ikaria pathways“, an effort to clean and mark footpaths in Arethousa, Ikaria; and common educational and cultural actions with Turkish citizens, such as the parallel Greek – Turkish language course
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