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. Dialogos is a local organization. Its headquarters are on the island of Ikaria and activities are coordinated through the Ikarian Centre’s campus in Arethousa. Dialogos’ initiatives aim to motivate people, especially the local people of Ikaria, to protect their environment. “Dialogos” also aims to motivate Greek and Turks living in both sides of the border to go beyond prejudices, intolerance  and fanaticism and start a common dialogue. Therefore, with Dialogos we are running projects based on volunteer work, like the “project Ikaria pathways“, an effort to clean and mark footpaths in Arethousa, Ikaria; and common educational and cultural actions with Turkish citizens, such as the parallel Greek – Turkish language course

Rachel

Rachel

Rachel is from Australia, and has joined Will in a year of travel. As part of her adventure, Rachel wanted to contribute positively to a community/project. Also a lover of working outdoors, Project Pathways was the perfect volunteer position. Her favourite things about Ikaria so far are the strong coffee, ... Read More
Will

Will

Will is a high school teacher from Australia, and has taken the year off to travel the world. With his Greek heritage, Greece was a clear choice of countries to visit on his journey. Will is really enjoying working alongside locals on this project, and improving his Greek ... Read More
Chiara

Chiara

Chiara is an Italian from Sicily, a traveller and a blogger, currently based in the Netherlands. Having a special passion for Greece, she goes every time she has a chance. Chiara chose to join the “pathways project” to experience the unique vibe of Ikaria, after having heard amazing stuff about ... Read More
The first volunteer group - June 2016

The first volunteer group – June 2016

The first team working on the pathways is composed by members of local community, travellers who are temporary based on the island, volunteers who arrived in Ikaria from abroad specifically to help out for the project and Ivo and Paola (Amikaria Association). The base camp where volunteers live and gather ... Read More
The Arethousa pathways project

The Arethousa pathways project

In the past, Ikarians used the paths to communicate and keep in touch. The path is the soul of Ikaria which we want to keep alive. This project is thus centered around the idea of connecting the village of Arethousa and Karavostamos, currently unaccessible. Once finished, it will give the ... Read More
Impressions of Ikaria

Impressions of Ikaria

Ikaria’s laid back lifestyle is a welcome change from the daily hustle and bustle I experienced during my last two months backpacking through South East Asia. The seaside village of Karavostamo and the mountainous village of Arethousa are exactly what I pictured when dreaming of quaint and authentic Greek villages ... Read More
Ikaria Pathways. <br> Mountains to Beach: Arethousa > Karavostamo

Ikaria Pathways.
Mountains to Beach: Arethousa > Karavostamo

Length: 4 km, approx. 45 minutes. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1_dnA5CJ1VzQXBw747pa3A8aO7X8&usp=sharing This route starts from the beautiful church in the peaceful village of Arethousa. On your tour to the beach in Karavostamo you will witness some wonderful views of the valley of the river, the mountains of the area and the sea below. Looking ... Read More
More than hiking

More than hiking

Arethousa is a picturesque village in the north of Ikaria, a short taxi ride from Evdilos. In the hills tucked away from tourists, it is the perfect village for visitors wanting an authentic Greek experience. Enjoy: Your meals at “Taverna i Plaka” plaka @facebook Your coffee and simple meals in ... Read More
Ikaria's ecosystem

Ikaria’s ecosystem

Ikaria’s wide range of geographical features favours climatic and telluric variation. From lush forests to rocky mountains to dense wetlands, Ikaria hosts a wide variety of flora and fauna. With 92 families, 401 genuses and 829 species of plants, Ikaria’s ecosystem is one of the most diverse throughout Greece. Randi Forest, Central Ikaria Located just west ... Read More
Ikaria Pathways 2016

Ikaria Pathways 2016

Put on the ecotourism radar by recent media coverage and its classification as a blue zone, Ikaria has seen a sudden surge in visitors. Every year, more and more campers and hikers from all over the world are attracted to the island by its rugged and uncharted terrain. However, with ... Read More
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Young talents from Arethousa

A sunny afternoon in Arethousa, Bea, our artist in residency,  gave a painting lesson to the young artists of the village. Nobody knew that we have that many talents in the village. Thank you Bea, everybody hopes that we’ll do it again! ... Read More
Turkish Greek paralel courses and initiatives

Free Greek language workshop in Istanbul by DIALOGOS

Dialogos is offering a free Greek language workshop in Istanbul for Greek language learners of all levels: Duration: 19/Dec/2016 – 28/Feb/2017 (10 weeks, 2 working days/week, 40h of 60′) Registration deadline: Friday 9/Dec/2016 Registrations closed Contact us Is it free? The workshop is offered for free. This means that we ... Read More