The campus provides accommodation in Ikaria for Greek language students and participates of other learning holiday courses. It is located at an isolated spot on a hill side between the coastal village of Karavostamo (4 km, 40 minutes by foot) and Arethousa (1.5 km, 20m by foot), at an altitude of 300m. Τhe Ikarian Centre’s campus in Ikaria is run by DIALOGOS.
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.
Accommodation in Ikaria, life in the campus
The courses in Arethousa 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. Teachers and coordinators also live on-campus. Although students will have their own private space, the larger areas on campus – the patio, classrooms, and common kitchen – provide a place for teachers, students and coordinators 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 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.
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.
Breakfast or meals are NOT served, however students may use the kitchenette in their room or the kitchen in order to prepare their breakfast and simple meals.
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 from campus. In Evdilos participants can find grocery stores, a pharmacy, bank, ATM, and car rentals. In the nearby villages Arethousa and Karavostamo 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 – 12€ (including wine).
Car sharing for Greek language students
For information regarding car sharing provided for Greek language students attending on-campus courses follow the link