When visiting Ikaria, our students may choose to stay with a host family in the coastal village of Karavostamo. Their house is 40 min away from the campus by foot. We suggest you to rent a vehicle (car or scooter), however the Centre’s van can transfer you to the courses and back, every day with no additional cost. The 3 km road between the campus and Karavostamo is dirt, in fair condition, and usable by any kind of vehicle.
Students will spend time with the family and accompany the family members in everyday activities around the house: cooking, working in their small farm, feeding the animals (goats, hens and pigs), and even sometimes going out with them in the evenings. At least one meal is included every day. Sitting down to meals with the family creates a warm and friendly atmosphere in the house that will encourage you to converse and communicate with your hosts. The members of the family speak very basic English; the main language of communication in their home is Greek. When staying with a host family, students will find themselves immersed in the lives of the islanders. For their part, the family – in addition to extra income – seeks and values a greater understanding of different countries and their people.
The couple are in their 50’s and both working. They have three children, one son and two daughters. All of their children are adults and live on their own – so there is space in the house for guests. You can stay with them any time of the year, except at the end of July and during August. During this period they are busy with relatives from Athens and elsewhere who spend their holidays on the island, and the house is full.
For more information please contact us.