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, so we suggest that students staying with the family rent a car or scooter. 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.
Students who find transportation from Karavostamo to the centre difficult may decide to stay on-campus during the period of the lessons themselves, and with the family after the course or even for a few days before we start the lessons. The minimum stay with the family is 5 nights. The guests have their own room but the house has one bathroom which is shared.
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.
Cost & Reservation
For more information please contact us.