Greek Language Summer Camp
The best time for kids to learn is when they are having fun!
3 August - 14 August
Please note that these dates apply for Summer 2023 and are subject to slight changes
The Greek Language Summer Camp is a great way for your child to greatly improve their Greek and have fun with other international children. Our program is for children aged 6-15 years and aims to develop children’s speaking skills and boost their confidence when speaking Greek. Young learners are usually faster to learn and grasp foreign languages, especially some aspects of languages like the pronunciation and new vocabulary. This is precisely why close contact with a Greek speaking environment and native Greek speakers is the perfect opportunity for children to engage in the Greek language fast and absorb new skills very quickly.
The Greek Online School Language Summer Camp runs under the auspices of
HELLENIC REPUBLIC MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS GENERAL SECRETARIAT FOR GREEKS ABROAD AND PUBLIC DIPLOMACY
HELLENIC REPUBLIC MINISTRY OF TOURISM
The Greek Language Summer Camp is hosted by The Greek Online School at The Ranch, in Sofiko, Greece, very close to Korinthos. The Ranch combines modern facilities with a surrounding of amazing natural beauty in the Peloponnese and is only one hour away from Athens.
What it Includes
- Two online sessions to prepare students and parents for the camp
- 60 hours of intensive Greek lessons & Greek language activities
- Greek language camp book “Μαθαίνω να αγαπώ τα Ελληνικά”
- Course material: notes & handouts
- Greek language cross-thematic projects
- Greek language certificate of attendance/level completion
- Sport activities: swimming, horse-riding, basketball, volleyball, soccer, table tennis, archery, climbing and more
- Cultural activities: Dancing, crafts, cinema, theater
- Visit to Epidavros
- Accommodation in modern, western-themed houses
- Five daily meals
- Induction, welcome ceremony
- Greek & English-speaking group and cabin leaders supervised by The Greek Online School
- 24h support
The Greek Language summer camp is ideal for children of all levels of Greek. Students with an existing level of Greek will need to take a placement test in order to be placed in the appropriate class. Classes are given by highly qualified native speaking teachers who will implement various learning techniques to ensure that students are challenged and stimulated.
Our 60-hour Greek language camp is in high demand due to its intensive educational program in an unforgettable summer holiday environment. The aim of the camp is to take the child to the next language level by improving their reading, writing, and listening skills, while the main focus remains on conversational Greek. Grammar, reading, and writing are practiced in a fun way that complements the main aim of the course, which is not just to understand Greek, but also to be able to spontaneously react and speak Greek. A booklet is provided to each student with material that introduces them to a new topic every day.
Lessons also include cross thematic projects and language activities, to increase overall motivation and help students learn faster. Greek language activities vary from role playing, to learning songs, treasure hunts and much more. Our teachers have lots of great ideas and activities to get children involved and active in their Greek language lessons. The choice of activities is determined by the teacher who will take into account the level, age, interests, personalities and objectives of the group. Cross-thematic projects combine Greek with history, geography, environmental awareness and more. Educational, fun games such as charades, food-tasting and treasure hunts and more, are included in the program to help children develop their speaking skills in Greek.
Greek Language Camp book
Our team of educators has designed a book for the different levels of our camp learners. The book is called “Μαθαίνω να αγαπώ τα ελληνικά” and is carefully designed with camp vocabulary as well as vocabulary that will help students in daily interactions in Greece. It includes exercises, projects, and language games meant to improve all language skills. It is also designed to familiarize students with topics from Greek mythology, culture, and the environment. Students are provided with a copy of the book each, based on their level of Greek.
Book editing team: Maria Gkeme/ Fenia Tsatsari / Eleftheria Mari
Copyediting/corrections: Maria Moschou / Nefeli Christogoula
- Families: 10% discount
- For group bookings of five or more children, please contact us for a more personalized quote
- 15 % discount for The Greek Online School students enrolling by April 1st
- 8:00 I wake up to music
- 8:30 Wash up and get dressed…
- 9:00 Time for Greek class
- 11:45 Arts & Sports
- 13:00 Tummy’s rumbling – lunchtime
- 14:00 Siesta
- 16:00 Greek class
- 17:45 Arts & Sports
- 19:45 Wash up and get dressed
- 20:30 Yummy… Dinnertime!
- 21:30 The surprise of the day! Cinema, theater, dance performance, party, music…
- 23:00 Shhhh… Bedtime! We’ll be back tomorrow….
All children take part in stimulating social, sport and cultural activities, such as horse-riding, archery, climbing, swimming, basketball, volleyball, soccer, table tennis, dance, theater and many more. All activities are designed and supervised exclusively by The Greek Online School team.
The Ranch is a residential camp offering first-rate overnight facilities. Children are placed in modern western-themed houses with their Greek Language Summer Camp classmates. All cabin leaders are hired and supervised by The Greek Online School.
Supervision & Support
Along with the camp’s experienced personnel the Greek Online School teaching staff offer exclusive 24/7 support to our campers and parents. Our Camp office is open from 8am to 10pm and members of our staff are always available to support our students, answer questions, help them adjust to the camp environment and resolve any issues.
We are always there for you and our little Greeks!
The menu is carefully prepared by an accredited dietician, ensuring that all dietary needs of growing children are covered. Three full meals plus two snacks are provided on a daily basis. The camp’s kitchen prepares meals separately for children with food allergies. Please do not neglect to include your child’s food allergies in their medical history.
Getting to The Ranch
“The Ranch” is located in the natural valley of a beautiful pine forest in Sofiko Corinth, only 97 kilometres from Athens. Click here to see how to get to our Camp from Athens, Korinthos and Patras.
If you wish to receive more information please complete the page form and a member of our staff will contact you.
Frequently asked questions
What supervision measures are taken?
The Ranch occupies more than 250 people and along with the Greek Online School staff they make sure to be at your children’s disposal 24/7.
What is the number of faculty responsible for all the children at the camp?
The ratio of adults to children is 1 to 7.
How can I be in touch with the camp and the Greek Online School staff if I need to reach my child?
Communication with parents is one of our priorities. This is why we make sure that our students speak with their parents on a daily basis using our office phone whenever they need. We are also constantly in touch with all the parents through social media(separately & in a group). Of course, the Ranch has a phone center as well and parents can call there anytime to ask for their children.
Is it ok for my child to travel alone? Do you offer plane escorts?
We can offer travel escorts for children traveling alone in case there are 10 or more children flying from a specific airport.
If a child travels alone, do you arrange transportation from/to the airport?
Yes we can pick them up from the airport and, when the Camp ends, drive them back to the airport for their flight home. There is an extra charge for this service.
Do Greek Online School teachers stay in the Camp with the children?
Yes the Greek Online School staff and teachers also stay in the Camp making sure they are next to our students 24/7.
Is there a doctor in the Camp?
Yes the doctor’s office is located in the middle of the Camp, stays open 24/7 and a doctor is always there to help and treat.
Is there a counselor in case my child has a hard time adjusting to the Camp life?
If for any reason a child does not feel comfortable and has trouble to adjust to Camp life, a counselor, the camp staff and of course the Greek Online School team are going to be there to make them feel at home. The parent will be constantly informed and in touch too.
Is there liability insurance?
The Ranch liability insurance covers students for any accidents caused by foul function within the camp-site during their attendance in the camp.
How far is the Camp from Athens ?
Only one hour away from Athens.
How are children placed in the camp houses?
Children are placed in camp houses according to their age and gender.
I am enrolling both my children. Do siblings get to stay together ?
All Greek Language Summer Camp children stay together and are only separated in their cabins by gender.
Is there a possibility for day camping ?
Unfortunately day camping is not an option.
Do you suggest any travel agency to arrange plane tickets?
Students/parents are requested to book their flights on their own.In case you need any assistance please let us know.
How many children are placed in each house?
There are usually 15 to 20 children per cabin.
How many hours of Greek classes does the program offer?
In total, the program offers about 60 hours of intensive Greek language lessons & activities.
Are the Greek classes conducted according to a student's level?
Yes, our students are placed into groups depending on their language level & age (beginners- intermediate- advanced).
My child is a total beginner in Greek. Can he/she attend ?
Yes it is totally fine if a child is a total beginner. They will be placed in the right group and will work on the appropriate for their level material.
My child is not a Greek Online School student. Can he/she attend ?
Yes. The Greek Language Summer Camp is addressed to everyone.
How many meals does the Camp provide?
Three full meals plus two snacks are provided on a daily basis, made by fresh local products and based on the Mediterranean diet.
Does a child have to bring their own bed sheets and covers?
You can bring your own sheets but if it not easy, sheets will be provided by the camp.
Is there a lifeguard in the pool area?
Yes, the pool area is strictly supervised by 2 lifeguards for each pool.
Can a child have money with them?
The campers are not allowed to have cash with them. However, they can hold a camp card which can be filled with credit and used in the little stores inside the camp ONLY (snacks & beverages). We recommend charging it for 25 euros.
Can a child carry a cellphone in the Camp?
We would like our program to be an internet-free experience. I-pad and phone use will be limited and controlled by our supervising staff. We are responsible to safekeep the children’s phones throughout the day. They will have access to their phones only once a day. In case they need to contact you they will always be able to do so through our School’s phones.
When can I visit my child?
After the Covid-19 pandemic, visits are limited and examined only by case.
What time are the students supposed to leave on the last day ?
Parents are requested to pick up their children after breakfast. At the latest by 2.00 pm .
Is there a sibling discount ?
Yes, we offer a 10% discount to siblings.
What is the deposit someone needs to pay in advance to book a place?
A 50% deposit of the final amount is required to book your place in the Camp once you register. The rest is required by May, according to our Terms and Policy.
What is the cancellation policy?
Τhe Greek Online School has put in place a temporary cancellation policy to remove any financial risk for you when making a booking during this period of uncertainty. When “events beyond our control occur”, including Covid-19, we guarantee full refund of all fees paid to us, excluding transaction fees. Each Covid-19 situation will be handled carefully as long as all supported documentation is submitted.
If you wish to cancel a booking for a reason not included in “events beyond our control”, you should consult us by email to email@example.com. In these cases of cancellation the booking deposit will be forfeited. If the cancellation is made after the final payment is due, then the full payment will be forfeited and if full payment has not been made then you are liable for the full cost of the holiday.
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