ΚΕΝΤΡΟ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΚΟΥ ΠΟΛΙΤΙΣΜΟΥ | Hellenic Culture Centre


 

International Greek Language and Culture School in Santorini

 

HELLENIC CULTURE CENTRE

www.hcc.edu.gr

 

After 21 years of teaching Greek as a foreign language, in Ikaria Island, Lesvos Island and Athens, we are now in a new place. Since 2014 the Hellenic Culture Centre has been organizing the International Greek Language and Culture School in Santorini, this beautiful island with its emotive and evocative atmosphere. Our school is based in Megalochori, a traditional village with bright Cycladic colours. 

A vivid group of people coming from all over the world speak and express themselves in Greek, they sing, they dance and they participate in the cultural life of the island urged by a deep motive for knowledge, respect and love for the Greek language and culture. The spirit of Greek tradition and the restlessness of modern Greece will come to life with sounds and words expressing universal and timeless values as conceived by the Greek feeling.

 

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WHAT WE OFFER

  • Intensive 1-week Modern Greek Language Programmes* for non-native speakers (20+7 hours). The 1-week programme runs Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 13:30 or 11:30 to 16:30. The training fee incudes one 7-hour interactive outdoor workshop which takes place every Saturday. In Greek (All teachers speak at least two foreign languages, if needed). Click here for the start dates, levels and fees.
  • 2-hour Greek Language Crash Course. For visitors of Santorini who wish to have a first contact with the magic of Greek.
  • Private, tailor-made Greek Language Courses. In Greek (All teachers speak at least two foreign languages, if needed). Click here for the fees for private lessons.
  • Activities Menu. A tailor-made programme of cultural activities which offers an introduction to the rich local history and traditions of the Aegean. In Greek and English. Students of the Intensive Modern Greek Language Programmes can choose any activitiy at a reduced rate. Scheduled activities take place according to the number of persons interested. Click here for more information.

*The intensive Greek Language programmes can be extended upon request

LOCATION

Santorini doesn’t need any special references. It has been ranked as one the ten most beautiful islands in the world, and its volcanic landscape takes your breath away.

Megalochori is located 7 km away from Fira, the capital of the island. It has kept its traditional colours and it is one of the few villages that have been declared “traditional settlements”. It is surrounded by vineyards and has many churches famous for their ornate bell towers, white Cycladic houses and narrow streets.

Megalochori is very closed to Pyrgos and Emporeio. All three villages are not very popular touristic sites, they are quiet and peaceful even in August and they offer many options for accommodation and food at lower prices.

You’ll find our school in the second entrance of Megalochori, right across the street from Geromanolis tavern. 

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ACCOMMODATION

Students and guests stay in hotels and pensions in Megalochori at special reduced rates. Contact us for accommodation list and special prices for our students.

TRAVEL TO SANTORINI


The Hellenic Culture Centre is a private organization specialized in teaching Greek as a Second and as a Foreign Language. The promotion of the Greek Language and the Greek Culture worldwide as well as the development of the linguistic and intercultural skills in every citizen in the framework of the multicultural environment are its aims.

It started working in 1995 on Ikaria island, Aegean Sea, where it organized with great success during ten years one of the first summer schools for Greek in Greece, with Greek courses, cultural activities and teacher training for teachers of Greek as a foreign language. It continued its actions in Athens, where it is now based, and in selected places in Greece and abroad (Lesvos Island, Aegean Sea- Brussels).

Teacher training in didactic Methodology is complemented by seminars in Intercultural Education, in Adult Education and Education for Peace.

The Centre's staff is experienced and specialized teachers (philologists, linguists, translators) as well as special associates (lawyers, economists, social anthropologists, sociologists, political scientists) who work in teaching and research fields. It cooperates with relevant organizations in Greece and abroad and participates in national, European and international projects.

Santorini Summer School

Activities Menu

A tailor-made programme of cultural activities which offers an introduction to the rich local history and traditions of the Aegean. In Greek and English.

You can select one or more activities from the Menu below as a tailor-made private programme or as a group programme.

1. Introduction to Greek language –crash course “our roots, our language”
This crash course is an entertaining way to start learning Greek. It introduces to the basic vocabulary of every day communication. You will also discover the Greek alphabet and words of Greek root in other languages. Learn how to greet people, introduce yourself and, most importantly, order a drink in a ‘kafeneio’ or ‘taverna’. The teacher starts with greetings and introducing oneself in Greek, and then teaches the alphabet and some useful words of every day communication. She / he uses flash cards in order to make the lesson fun and effective. At the end gives as a present to every learner a card with her/ his own name in Greek.

2. Traditional Greek dance lesson and presentation of Greek dances/ Greek religious festivals

The ‘Zorba dance’ is well-known, but in Greece you’ll discover many other traditional dances, especially when you visit different festivals. The lesson begins with a presentation, and videos, on the most popular dances, their history and their role in people’s everyday lives. Then we learn a few dance steps ourselves.

3. Singing Greek songs and presentation of Greek music

Learning through singing is effective and fun! It helps us to practice our Greek accents, and also to express ourselves and overcome language barriers. After the presentation on Greek musical genres, we learn to sing some songs. For non-Greek speakers, we provide versions in Latin script, as well as translations into English and other languages.

4. Visit to a local farmer and presentation of Santorini products

A walk through the vineyards of Megalochori takes us to a local farm outside the village. There we meet a local farmer who shares the secrets of the Santorini soil on which he grows some of the island’s delicious products.

5. Ceramics lesson and presentation of ceramic art

In ancient times, pottery manufacture was vital to the local economy. Rediscover that creative past and mould your own masterpiece, with the help of award-winning artisan potter Andreas Makaris. The inspirational atmosphere of the potter’s studio will leave you relaxed and invigorated.

6. Guided tour to a winery and wine tasting of three wines

It’s our pleasure to show you a Santorini winery. We visit either Venetsanos, the island’s first winery, or Santo Wines, the biggest winery in the Cyclades, which belongs to the Santorini cooperative. You will sample three wines, and discover the unique aromas of the island’s viticulture. It is an evening of sensory delight.

7. Walking tour in Megalochori

Our walk takes us through the traditional village of Megalochori, one of Santorini’s most beautiful. We learn about its history and culture, and talk to local people for an authentic insight into village life. The walk ends at the caldera, with its breath-taking view of the sunset.

8. Walking tours from Megalochori to Pyrgos or to Emporio

Our route passes through Megalochori and the surrounding vineyards. In one direction lies Pyrgos, the highest village in Santorini, with its beautiful castle. The other way leads to Emporio, also with a medieval castle. These two atmospheric walks avoid the island’s busier roads and are safe for all.

- Students of the Greek Language Programmes can choose any activity at a 50% discount. Scheduled activities take place according to the number of persons interested.

- Each activity lasts about 2.5 hours. The activities usually start at 17:30 on week-days, but they can be also organized in the morning upon request.

- The fees for the activities include: transportation from the HCC in Megalochori, written informational material on the topic, interpretation into Greek-English, and instruction by an educator of the HCC team

Vassia Kossiva

Vassia Kossiva

Vassia Kossiva has studied Chemical Engineering at the National Polytechnic School.
Georgiadou Ifigenia

Georgiadou Ifigenia

Ifigenia Georgiadou is the Director of the Hellenic Culture Centre, www.hcc.edu.gr and te Director of Studies at the AEOLIS Cultural Development Society of Lesvos Island www.aeolis.edu.gr .
Giota Marre

Giota Marre

Giota Marre is a graduate of the University of Athens (Faculty of Letters, Dept. of Modern Greek and Byzantine Literature). She has a Diploma in Classical Studies of the University of Thessaloniki.
Giota Bouziou

Giota Bouziou

Giota Bouziou is a graduate of the University of Athens (Faculty of Philosophy). She has an MA in "Education and Human Rights" (University of Athens and University of London).
Maria Kalaitzopoulou

Maria Kalaitzopoulou

Maria Kalaitzopoulou is a graduate of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with a BA degree in Byzantine and Modern Greek.
Nikos Konstantopoulos

Nikos Konstantopoulos

Σπούδασε Ιστορία και Αρχαιoλογία στην Αθήνα, «Εκπαίδευση και Ανθρώπινα Δικαιώματα» (ΜΑ) στην Αθήνα και στο Πανεπιστήμιο του Λονδίνου και Πολιτισμική Τεχνολογία (ΜΑ) στο Πανεπιστήμιο Αιγαίου.
Sofia Roilidou

Sofia Roilidou

Απόφοιτος του τμήματος Φιλοσοφικής-Παιδαγωγικής-Ψυχολογίας του Πανεπιστημίου Αθηνών με ειδίκευση Φιλοσοφίας. Παρακολούθησε επιμορφωτικά σεμινάρια εξειδίκευσης καθηγητών στην αντιμετώπιση και αποκατάσταση μαθησιακών δυσκολιών παιδιών κι εφήβων καθώς και στη διδασκαλία της ελληνικής ως ξένης/δεύτερης γλώσσας.
Fotini Politi

Fotini Politi

Απόφοιτος του τμήματος Φιλοσοφίας Παιδαγωγικής και Ψυχολογίας του Πανεπιστημίου Ιωαννίνων.