The campus is located at an wooded area on a hill side between the coastal village of Karavostamo (3 km) and Arethousa (1.5 km), at an altitude of 300m. The road from the villages of Arethousa or Karavostamo to the guesthouse is not paved and there is no traffic. 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. Hiking paths are immediately available, and several beaches fairly close by.
Students, teachers and coordinators live at the campus together. Although students will have their own private space, the larger areas on campus – the patio, classrooms, and common kitchen – provide a place for teachers and students to come together for learning, for discussions, for meals, and for enjoyment. The afternoon/evening activities that are usually included in the course schedule, 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. Hiking, going out to authentic local tavernas, ‘cooking evenings’ or film screenings, occur spontaneously during our free time, according to the mood of the group.
The courses on-campus 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. From the other hand, for those who find the Greek language courses on-campus a bit “too much isolated” and the area “too rural”, we suggest our Greek language lesson in Evdilos, the little port of Northen Ikaria.
Free on-campus accommodation
Students has free on-campus accommodation, in a private room, if they wish so. An accompany person who does not participate in the courses is always welcome to stay with them, without any extra cost. If you are coming with another person who participates in the course and you want to share your room with him / her, there is deduction of 100€ in the total tuition each student must pay.
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.
Students are welcome to arrange accommodation off-campus. If you don’t have accommodation on-campus you can have a deduction of -200 in tuition. As the rooms and houses for rent are far away the campus, except a few houses inside the village of Arethousa, available through airbnb, if you are intending to find accommodation off-campus, you must find a way to come every day to the lessons. We suggest you to rent a car or a scooter, if you are not coming on the island with your own vehicle.
We facilitate our students to visit after the class hours the coastal Karavostamo or the port of Evdilos for shopping, food and swimming. However, if you want to visit the famous beaches and sights of the island, you need to have your own vehicle. You can rent a car or scooter from Evdilos. If you want tor rent a car in August, you must make a reservation in advanced. Most probably you won’t find anything in the last moment.
There is no canteen, restaurant or grocery store at the campus. Breakfast or meals are NOT served, however students may use the kitchenette in their room or the common areas in order to prepare their breakfast and simple meals. In the nearby villages Arethousa (15 min by foot) and Karavostamo (less than 10′ by car) there are small grocery stores, cafe, and tavernas. The cost of living in Ikaria is still quite inexpensive: A meal at one of the local tavernas costs about 10 – 14€ (including wine).
Why do we call it “campus?”
The facilities were 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. They have built in order to host our Greek language lessons and accommodate our students. For this reason we call our facilities in Arethousa “campus”