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The Ikarian Center began as a youthful idea, back in 1995. At that time we were looking for a quiet and inspiring place to settle down and at the same time to communicate with different people, cultures and ways of thinking. It continues to be an exciting experience after all these years. In Ikaria, we continue to offer intensive courses to adults who want to improve their Greek. Apart from Ikaria, Greek language courses have been organized in other parts of the world: Thessaloniki, Istanbul, Norway (Oslo) and online! In recent years, the headquarters of the Ikarian Center have been transferred to Oslo, Norway, however the connection with Ikaria is and will always remain strong.
We are always trying to go beyond the borders of a language school. As a result of this effort, DIALOGOS was born. DIALOGOS is a very small non-profit organization. Its headquarters are located in Arethousa, on the island of Ikaria. DIALOGOS was founded around 8 years ago. The initiative was taken after a free parallel Greek – Turkish language course we organized with friends and colleagues in Samos, in 2008. The idea was, and still is, to use the language lessons as a tool against fanaticism, prejudices and intolerance. We continue on this path, by organizing language lessons and common actions with Turks and Greeks.
Apart from fanaticism and prejudices for the “other” beyond the borders, there is also the degradation of the quality of life. For this, DIALOGOS also tries to develop environmental projects and actions, that help to improve the quality of our life as well as the quality of life of our community. In this way we end up to “project pathways”, the volunteering, our effort to host more lessons in the facilities of Arethousa, for the Ikarians and the visitors of the island.
DIALOGOS today is hosted by Ikarian Centre in the facilities in Arethousa and it is responsible for the Greek language courses and all actions and events that take place on the island of Ikaria .