The campus provides accommodation in Ikaria for Greek language students or participants of other courses, teachers and coordinators. Although students will have their own private space, the larger areas on campus – the patio, classrooms, and common kitchen – provide a place for teachers and students to come together for learning, for discussions, for meals, and for enjoyment. Short excursions on the island, going out with the teachers and other students in local tavernas, afternoon/evening activities like traditional dance lessons, learning to sing Greek songs, film screenings and slide shows, create a learning environment outside the classroom and make students’ stay more productive, more interesting and more fun.
The courses on-campus are perfect for those wishing an experience off the beaten path, and who would enjoy a course combined with a healthy dose of nature and community, not to mention the opportunity to become acquainted with the local Ikarian culture, which may make you believe that you have stepped out of a time machine.
Location & surroundings
The campus is located at an isolated rural spot on a hill side between the coastal village of Karavostamo (4 km) and Arethousa (1.5 km), at an altitude of 300m. A breathtaking landscape combines views of the sea and the island’s mountain. In the sky, birds of prey fly during the day, while the Milky Way and thousands of stars appear on the clear summer nights.
Hiking paths are immediately available, and several beaches fairly close by. The road from the villages of Arethousa or Karavostamo to the guesthouse is not paved and there is no traffic. The port of Evdilos, where the ferry arrives, is a village of about 600 inhabitants, and is located 8 km away from the campus. In Evdilos participants can find grocery stores, a pharmacy, bank, ATM, and car rentals.
There is no canteen, restaurant or grocery store at the campus. Breakfast or meals are NOT served, however students may use the kitchenette in their room or the common areas in order to prepare their breakfast and simple meals. In the nearby villages Arethousa (15 min by foot) and Karavostamo (50 min by foot, 20 min from the footpath) there are small grocery stores, coffee shops and tavernas. The cost of living in Ikaria is still quite inexpensive: A meal at one of the local tavernas costs about 10 – 14€ (including wine).
Students, teachers and coordinators live at the campus together. There is plenty of time for rest and study. Short excursions, hiking, going out to authentic local tavernas or for shopping, ‘cooking evenings’ at the campus, film screenings, occur spontaneously during our free time, according to the mood of the group.
Car sharing: You’ll face a lot of “temptations” in Ikaria, most of them in remote spots of the island: the beaches, also concerts, summer tavernas with delicious food and the famous “panigiri”, that lasts under the next morning. In order to get a taste of all these, a rental car is at students’ disposal at no additional cost, and use is organized on the basis of a sign-up sheet: students can reserve the car in advance as a group or individually. However, students who wish to explore the island independently may also rent a car or scooter after their arrival (cost for a car ~20€- 40€/day, depending on the season). A list with car rentals in Evdilos is available here
Are you coming in August? If you are planing to participate in a course at the end of July or during August, and you want to rent a car or scooter independently, we strongly suggest you to make a reservation well in advance of your arrival, as last-minute rentals in August will be very difficult to find.
The campus was completed in 2001 and consists of a group of four separate buildings, each designed and constructed with a careful eye to the traditional local architecture.
–Rooms: There are two beds, a kitchenette and a private bathroom in each room. Each room can host 2 or a maximum of 3 people (the third in a bunk-bed). All rooms are located adjacent to the course venues. The rest of the facilities and services include:
- indoors and open-air classrooms
- free access to a washing machine and
- a large common kitchen.
Students are welcome to arrange accommodation off-campus, if they have a way to come every day to the lessons. Those who find the Greek language courses on-campus a bit “too much isolated” and the area “too rural”, we suggest our Greek language lesson in Evdilos, the little port of Northen Ikaria.
Τhe Ikarian Centre’s campus in Ikaria is run by DIALOGOS.