In 2021 Omilo celebrates 25 years! However, a celebration in corona times is no fun, so we are waiting for a better moment 🙂
In the meantime, Maya and Dimitris (founders of Omilo) as well as several teachers will participate in interviews, videos and podcasts.

Below the first introduction by Maya (sorry for the bad quality of the recording! The next videos will be much better quality, we promise!)

Maya explains;
a. how Omilo came to life in 1996,
b. how and where the first Greek Language and Culture course was organized in 1997,
c. how much fun we had…in times the internet did not exist yet 🙂 Read more

The recent years more and more Omilo students, mostly nationals of non-EU-countries, seem to be interested in moving to Greece or become residents of Greece.
From 2020 also UK-nationals are included in the interested individuals. We have heard various personal reasons for considering taking that step, for example: Read more

Lefkada, also called Lefkas, is a beautiful Greek island in the Ionian Sea on the west coast of Greece; south of Corfu, and North of Kefalonia island. The island is connected to the mainland by a long causeway and floating bridge. Because Omilo organizes every year a 1- and 2-week course on Lefkada island, during the month of June, we love to introduce you to some facts as well as to the rich mythological tradition of this Greek island.

In June 2020, unfortunately, the Lefkada course was canceled due to the corona-lockdown in Greece.
We are optimistic and hope that in 2021 we will be once again welcoming our students, to this beautiful island.

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It is January 2021, and unfortunately, we are still experiencing a lockdown in Greece, due to “corona”!
Traveling to or within Greece is limited now, but just in case you are planning to be in Greece during the winter season, this year or next year, be aware that Greece is not just a summer destination, but also a great winter destination.  So let’s talk about some nice villages to visit during winter.
Above you can see a photo of the village of Nymfaio, in Northern Greece.

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Greece might be a “coffee country” and not so known for tea, but did you know that there are different types of Greek herbal teas?
They have plenty of health benefits and are associated with staying at home and keeping warm during the cold winter months, so now we have a perfect chance to learn more about them, and enjoy the Greek herbal teas during the “lockdown Christmas Season”!

Teas are also seen mainly as a pleasant alternative to coffee that tastes nice and soothes the mind and body after a stressful day. Read more

Even though summer is probably the most popular season in Greece, for Greeks and non-Greeks, also autumn and winter have much more to offer than you might think! Since the Tourist Industry focuses on Greece as a typical country for summer holidays, not everyone knows that Greece is more than only beaches and sea.  Let us introduce you into the different aspects of the beautiful Greek autumn. 
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Were you thinking of traveling to Greece or participating in an Omilo Greek Langauge and Culture course this summer, but you did not due to the current situation related to the Covid19?
Do not worry, if you’re still looking to ‘travel’ from the comfort of your own living room whilst staying safe and practicing your Greek skills, we have the perfect idea for you: why not give the Greek TV series Η Αίθουσα του Θρόνου a try?
This Greek TV series was shot in both Attica (Athens, Lagonisi and Nea Makri) and the island of Syros, where the Omilo summer courses take place.
Continue reading to learn more!

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Every summer since 2005, Omilo organizes Greek Language and Culture Courses on Syros, one of the Cyclades Islands. Located close to each other, their beautiful landscapes, bright Aegean sun, clean blue waters and cosmopolitan vibes make them an ideal summer destination. To top this off, the local cuisine of Cyclades is very versatile and delicious. Keen to find out more? Keep reading – and next time you visit Syros you’ll have more confidence ordering from the menu at the taverna!

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Who could imagine some weeks ago that the whole world would go to “lockdown” due to the Corona Covid-19 virus, and everybody traveling needs to be for a certain period in “quarantine”? All this belonged to history, most of us thought… or the younger generation probably never heard of it before…
So let’s see how the quarantine was organized
 on Syros island in a previous century.


Since 2005, during the summer months, Omilo is organizing its Greek Language and Culture courses on the island of Syros. The Omilo students usually fly to Athens or Mykonos, and from there travel by boat to Hermoupolis, the harbor of Syros island, and capital of all Cycladic islands.

When you are about to arrive and face the harbor, you have a magnificent view over the hills of Hermoupolis and Ano Syros.  When you look to the left, on the southern extremity of the port, you also see a stone building, which once was the island’s quarantine, the “Lazaretto”. Nowadays, the building is beautifully lit at night, so it is easy to spot.

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Music definitely plays a very important role in the life of Greeks. In joy and sorrow, Greeks sing. And the truth is that they have the opportunity to choose among several categories of songs, in order to express every time their feelings: there are plenty of folk songs, rebetika, laika, entexna (the Greek word ‘τέχνη’ means ‘art’, so ‘entexna’ is a category of songs with more sophisticated music and lyrics) as well as rock and pop listenings.

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