The Ikarian Center is a Greek language school for non-native speakers, based in Ikaria. Since 1995 we offer Greek courses for all levels in a mountainous location, just outside the settlement of Arethousas, on the island of Ikaria. The classes have been attended by many interpreters and translators, mainly from European Union institutions, diplomats, university students, teachers of ancient Greek and classicists. However, the atmosphere in the lessons is extremely friendly and not at all official. Students learn through a multitude of language games and activities.
The online Greek language courses are based on texts that students send to their online class. Texts are corrected and discussed with the teachers and other students of the class. Vocabulary and grammar exercises are also sent to students according to their mistakes. Additional hours of video conference teaching can be also offered, without being necessary.
We want to transfer our educational experience to adults, by organizing the first Greek lessons for children in summer 2019 and 2020.
We organize cultural & art workshops where local people are also participating. We also host seminars and workshops organized by other schools, teachers or artists, for their students, and accommodate their participants. If you are looking for a peaceful, fully immersed in a natural environment facility, for your seminar or workshop, we will be glad to host you!
Although we do not appeal to tourists, we want to stimulate interest in the environment of our region. In addition, our facilities, just outside the settlement of Arethousa, are ideal for people who love nature and hiking. That is why during some specific periods of time we offer hiking in the area combined with accommodation in our facilities, to non Greek language learners. As we would like our guests to really experience the island, hiking is combined with afternoon classes and activities (traditional dance, cuisine etc) as well as discussions - lectures.
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.
Our facilities in Arethousa are built to host both, our language lessons and our students. For this, we call our facilities «campus». The campus is open to accommodate visitors from spring to autumn, when no courses or workshops are held. Some of these periods, we offer for free to our guests free various activities like hiking, cooking, traditional dance, lectures on Ikaria, etc.
Greek language lessons at Ikarian Centre
We offer Greek language courses in the following locations:
Culture, accommodation, volunteering & environment at Ikarian Centre
In our summer workshops on culture and art, local people are participating with people from other countries or other places of Greece. Our ambition is us to create an osmosis between “local” and “international”. For the same reason we also provide accommodation in Ikaria to people who are not interested in language courses, but do want to immerse into the life of the island and meet some locals. We also do care about environment and intolerance. With the non-profit DIALOGOS we are trying to run small scale projects, related with the environment or the acceptance of the “other”, based on volunteers.
Environment… The environment of our facilities, on the slope of the mountain, though 10’ away from the beach by car, are ideal for hiking or birdwatching. Hiking holidays in Ikaria, combined with accommodation at Ikarian Centre help us to stimulate interest in environment of the area.
Upcoming courses, workshops & activities