You have been accepted to participate in Living Greek in Greece High School, an intensive summer Greek program organized by the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc. We are very much looking forward to working with you to help you develop your knowledge of Attic Greek and spending some time getting to know you in the Land of the Muses this summer.
The course organizers will provide you with a packet with all necessary readings and assignments. We ask that all participants bring a dictionary, and suggest that they pick up the following grammar book as well.
- James Morwood’s Oxford Grammar of Classical Greek
- James Morwood’s Pocket Oxford Classical Greek Dictionary – Valuable for its English – Greek section.
- Liddell and Scott’s Greek-English Lexicon – There are three versions of this standard Greek dictionary, the “little Liddell,” the “middle Liddell,” (a.k.a the “big Liddell” or the “Great Scott.”) The bigger the Liddell, the more examples of usage of a given word by the Greek authors provided. Physical copies of these dictionaries are quite expensive, but they are available as apps for iPhone and Android.
- S.C. Woodhouse’s English-Greek Dictionary – The largest, most extensive English-Greek Dictionary. Available for free online through University of Chicago here.
While we do not expect participants to have had any prior experience with Greek, we do request that students familiarize themselves with the Ancient Greek alphabet before arriving. This online resource will be sufficient.
If you like, below are some suggestions for getting excited about visiting Greece and learning about the culture.
- Travel Guide? The Blue Guide
- Want a History? Try Herodotus, The Histories
- Philosophy? Plato’s Apology, Crito, Phaedo
- Myth? Tragedies of Sophocles or Euripides
- Patrick Leigh Fermor, Mani
What to Pack
The atmosphere of the program is relaxed and informal and Greece is hot in August. Cool summer clothing is essential. Bring a bathing suit and a beach towel, a hat, plenty of sunscreen, and sunglasses. Linens are provided, but you may want to bring your own beach towel. We will change hotels several times and travel on a ferry, so please try to avoid overpacking.
We recommend a good hat (a broad-brimmed one is preferable to a baseball cap), plenty of sunscreen, and a good pair of UV-protective sunglasses. Sunscreen is very expensive in Greece; it’s best to bring enough from home. Most importantly, please bring a refillable water bottle. It's very easy to get dehydrated during a Greek summer.
Appropriate attire. While shorts and t-shirts are fine on most days, some of our site visits include trips to churches, where visitors must wear clothing that fully covers knees and shoulders to be allowed entrance (e.g. trousers or long skirts and shirts with sleeves). Some visitors bring a light shawl that can be thrown over the shoulders or tied around the waist as needed. Therefore, students will not be permitted to wear t-shirts with offensive statements or inappropriately short or tight-fitting clothing.
Bring good strong shoes. We will be walking regularly and frequently as we learn about Greece. Much of this walking will be on cobblestones, but will also include dusty walkways, uneven flagstones and low stone walls when visiting archaeological sites. Your feet will thank you if you do this walking in sturdy sneakers or cross trainers.
Spending money. In our experience, the amount of spending money that students typically spend on souvenirs and gelato rarely goes above 100-150 euros.
Staying in Touch
Non-urgent messages to the Institute’s main phone number (609) 429-0734 will be returned within 48 hours, and emails to [email protected] will be responded to more quickly. A phone number will be provided so that, in the case of true emergencies, a member of the Paideia core staff may be reached at any time, day or night. Please remember that Greece is 7 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time. Please try to avoid calling after 11pm Greek time except in emergencies.
We invite all admitted students and their parents also to join the Living Greek in Greece High School 2020 Facebook Group, which will provide a handy way for admitted students to be in touch pre-departure, and for parents to glimpse some of the fun while we are in Greece. The housing facilities are equipped with wireless internet.
Health, Well Being, and Insurance
Medical care in Greece is first rate and should the need arise, the Paideia Institute can call a physician for a house call or bring a student to the hospital. All participants must have their own health insurance covering them internationally during the full duration of their time in Greece.
A Student Travel Protection Plan is available for this program through Travel Guard. For coverage information and to purchase this insurance prior to final trip payment, please visit this link. Please contact Travel Guard at 866-385-4839 with any questions.
If you are taking medication, be sure to bring enough for your entire stay. There are well-stocked pharmacies in Greece, but not all drugs are readily accessible without a prescription and it is better to bring one’s own supplies.
If you have a medical condition that could affect your ability to participate, we strongly urge you to share that condition with your instructors so that in the event of a medical issue they can most quickly and efficaciously arrange your care. All such information will be held in the strictest confidence.
Housing and Food
Throughout the program, participants will be house in shared double or triple hotel rooms in each location we travel to. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided daily.
If you have any specific housing needs, we will do our best to take care of you. Please write to [email protected] with any requests. Dietary restrictions will of course be respected as well.
Arrival and Departure
Participants should arrive at Elefthérios Venizélos Athens International Airport on July 15th. Participants should plan to depart from Athens on July 29th.
Students traveling independently should make arrangements to arrive at Elefthérios Venizélos Athens International Airport on July 15, 2020 between 7am and 5pm. An Institute staff member will meet each student after he or she clears customs and accompany him or her to our housing. Please indicate your flight information on our travel information form to facilitate pick up at the airport. N.B. Most airlines offer chaperoning services for unaccompanied minors on international flights. For more information on obtaining a chaperone to accompany you through customs, please contact your airline.
Students may also be dropped off in Athens by their parents. Please write to [email protected] to arrange this.
Students who need to arrive before or leave after the official arrival and departure days and times will need to arrange their own transportation to and from the airport.
Paideia Chaperoned Flight
A Paideia Institute staff member will chaperone flights both to and from Athens via New York's John F. Kennedy Airport. The information for the group flight is forthcoming.
- JFK to Athens
- Athens to JFK
Visa Requirements, Cancellation Policy, and Travel Insurance
U.S. Citizens do not need to apply for a visa to participate in this program. Students who are not U.S. citizens may need a visa. To determine your visa requirements, please refer to the nearest Greek Consulate's website.
Once paid, the $500 deposit is non-refundable. Please note that this initial deposit is refundable in the event that the program is canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. If a student withdraws from the course after the balance has been paid, the balance is refundable only if that student's place is filled by another student. There is no refund for students who withdraw after the start of the program.
The student travel protection plan offered by Travel Guard also offers cancellation insurance for covered reasons. Purchase it here.
Syllabus and Curriculum
The program will consist of both instructional sessions in which we teach the basics of Ancient Greek grammar and read excerpts of original Ancient Greek texts as they relate to the sites we visit. Each day will involve a site visit as well. Below is a provisional outline of the itinerary with the dates spent in each city. Housing details will be made available shortly.
- Pnyx and Aeropagus
- Acropolis and Theater of Dionysus
- Acropolis Museum
- Ancient Agora
- National Archaeological Museum
- Day trip to Brauron and Sounion
- Trip to Eleusis
- Day trip to Mycenae and the Argive Heraion
- Day trip to Epidauros and Told
- Trip to Corinth
- Olympia Archaeological Site and Museum
- Temple of Aphaia
- Monastery of St. Nektarios
- Delphi Archaeological Site and Museum
- Farewell dinner
Supervision, Behavior and Exploring
Paideia Institute instructors live together with students and serve as dorm monitors. As stated in the code of conduct, students are not permitted out alone at any time. During designated free time, students are permitted to explore certain areas of the places we visit for a set period of time (usually about an hour) in groups of 3 or more. A lights out policy of 11pm is in place for the duration of the program.
Violations of the Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action, including removal from activities or, in serious cases, early dismissal from the program.
Payment and Forms
Please enroll in Living Greek in Greece High School by clicking the button below by April 1, 2020.
For legal purposes, please electronically sign the Code of Conduct, Media Release, Health Insurance, and Release of Liability Forms by April 1, 2020.
As soon as you have made your travel arrangements, please send us your arrival information using the button below.
Deposit ($500): April 1, 2020
Remaining Balance ($3350): May 1, 2020
Payment by Check
Please send a check payable to the Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc. to the following address:
LGiGHS Deposit or Balance
The Paideia Institute
PO Box 670
New York, NY 10012
Please make sure that the checks are postmarked and forms are signed by these dates. Failure to send your deposit on time may result in your spot being given to somebody on the waiting list. All checks should be made payable to The Paideia Institute for Humanistic Study, Inc. Please note that this initial deposit is refundable in the event that the program is canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Online Payment by Credit Card or ACH Transfer
Please pay the deposit and balance below by the deadlines indicated above. Please note that payment by credit card includes a 3% convenience fee.