05 August 2024

10 August 2024

09:00 – 13:00

B1 – C2

3 – 7 students



5 days of lessons, 1 day activities

24 hours in total

The Modern Greek literature workshop in Chios takes place from Monday to Saturday in the morning. Alexandria Institute has the right to change the schedule or location of classes in case there are no teachers or classrooms available. One day will be dedicated to an excursion or other cultural activities. 


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Alexandria Institute's Greek literature and culture course

Aimed at participants from level B1 upwards that would like to become familiar with the most representative works of Modern Greek literature and culture. A selection of literary texts and works of art is presented within a historical and cultural context and are used as a basis for study and discussion.

The course deals with the principal literary periods. Students are given the opportunity to delve deeper into the Greek language and culture by commenting on the language linguistically processing the texts and commenting on them.

The curriculum can be arranged in a way that suits the students’ needs and preferences. For instance, priority can be given to the works of one writer, one specific book, or a certain literary era or genre, e.g. poetry, short stories or novels.

Students particularly keen on literature, arts, history and traditions, who wish to either familiarize themselves with Greek culture or explore it more exhaustively, will certainly find this specific course ideal.

Why this summer at Volissos (Chios island)?

Something different is happening this summer in Chios, in Volissos. From 5 to 10 August we will organize our literature workshop, during which we will read a book by the author Yannis Makridakis.

Yannis lives in Volissos. He has been cultivating the land and words for years with the same love.
His every work is a juicy fruit that speaks about man’s relationship with the earth and the environment, about diversity, the economic crisis, the refugee crisis, climate change, the concept of “national” identity, etc.

In his latest books he is concerned with the choices we make in our lives, the Fate and the Chaos that governs us, the Chaos that we ultimately control to some extent.

In almost most of the books the plot is set, though not always named, on our favorite island, Chios. It is the finite place and setting where the protagonists act and experience universal experiences.

The workshop will be prepared and presented by the philologist Andreas Tselikas.

During the literature workshop we will have the pleasure of meeting and talking to the author himself.

We will discuss not only his literary work but also our relationship with the environment, nature, the earth and how all these are connected to literature.

We will also visit with him a field of mastic trees that he cultivates and he will talk to us about the culture that mastic cultivation has carried through the centuries.

This workshop takes place in the author’s literary universe by the sea, among orchards, fields, fruits of the earth and the spirit. It is not only for those who read Greek literature. But also to all those who want to get in touch with nature, to discuss the relationship between literature and the cultivation of the earth, the impact of our choices, how people’s lives are connected.

We share ideas and reflections with students from all over the world about the waste of our planet’s natural resources and how we can (?) get out of this destructive impasse.
If this summer you want to have a different literary experience, we are waiting for you with pleasure at the Modern Greek literature workshop in Volissos, Chios.

Our courses include:

In case attendance is greater than expected, further excursions and tour guides may be added. The original itinerary may have to be modified, in response to unexpected weather conditions or in function of local events. A minimum attendance of three students is required for the cultural and social activities to take place.

Take the free placement test

This quick and free online test will show your language level and help you choose the best group lesson.

Where do lessons take place?

Classes are held at Zorbas Apartments and near by gardens or locations within walking distance.

Where will I stay?

Alexandria Institute can arrange for its students to stay at Zorbas Apartments or near by studios.

In the picturesque village of Volissos, in the North-Western part of Chios, Yannis Zorbas and his family have been welcoming and hosting, with much love hundreds of visitors from all over the world.
At the “Zorbas Apartments” next to the sea – built on the small hill overlooking the wonderful beaches of Lemnos and Lefkathia, amidst a garden full of colors, Yannis Zorbas and his family offer family care, comfort, aesthetics and exemplary cleanliness.

accommodation costs






75 € per night

82 € per night

12 euros  per day

Please make your reservation as soon as possible. There are limited rooms available. In case there is no availability at Zorbas Apartments we can arrange your accommodation in an other hotel within walking distance from the location of the lessons.

How can I get to Chios?

By boat

You can take the ferry from the port of Piraeus, which is forty minutes from Athens center by subway (subway line 1). The ferry trip takes about seven and a half to nine hours. During the summer months we recommend that you book the crossing.

By plane

“Omiros” National Airport is 45 kilometers from Volissos. A 45 minute taxi ride is the most convenient way of getting there. During the summer months we recommend you book your airplane ticket in advance.


In order to participate to the Greek literature workshop in Chios please click below and fill in the online registration form.


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