This is a unique opportunity to study Greek in a somewhat non-conventional setting. Here, in the location that classes were held, at Voulamandis House, you sleep, study, and get to know other in an orange grove! On most Greek islands, you are constantly surrounded by t-shirt sellers, donut vendors and the smell of souvlaki and sun-tan lotion. Here, you experience the countryside in Campos, a unique and romantic setting. The excursions with Andreas, our teacher, were fantastic. Be sure and go when these excursions are offered. Overall, this is an opportunity to enjoy a quieter island that has much to offer. Excellent beaches too.
The Alexandria Institute program is a fantastic way to study Greek. It offers solid grammatical information interwoven with stories and songs that bring the language to life. Andreas’ knowledge of local Chios history and the larger span of Greek history is vast and he gives generously of his wisdom. Emmi offered us many insights into everyday life in Greece and introduced us to the words that make up the interactions we can expect to have with others as we live and travel in Greece. Together they demonstrate exceptional skills as highly trained teachers, able to adapt the lessons to meet the needs of each student. All of this was part of a schedule that took us out of the classroom into the beauty of Chios where we experienced the best the island has to offer. Swimming, delicious traditional food and visits to historic sites enriched the program. And best of all, everything was seasoned with laugher and merriment. As a professional teacher I recommend these programs as some of the best I have experienced and I hope to continue my studies with Alexandria Institute in the future!