Language classes in Athens for kids and adults

Organizations all over Athens are offering refugees free classes in Greek, English, German and other languages (and a few other subjects, too).

Find a class for adults, teens and kids — both for the rest of summer and for September — below.

Refugee.Info compiled this list with the help of Athens Volunteers Information and Coordination Group and the many organizations providing language classes in Athens.


Language classes you can take this summer

Elix

Who: Kids 3 to 17 and their parents

What: Classes in:

  • Greek
  • English
  • math
  • mother-tongue languages: Arabic, Farsi, Kurdish-Kurmanji and (available soon) Kurdish-Sorani
  • life skills

Classes for parents at the same time as kids' classes in:

  • Greek
  • English

Where and when:
Three locations:

How to sign up: Fill in the form of interest online, or visit Elix’s office at Patision 20 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. (You can speak Greek, English, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu or Kurdish-Kurmanji with the staff.)

Bring both yours and your children's registration cards.

Contact information:

Phone: +302103810445
Email: elix@elix.org.gr
Website and Facebook


METAdrasi

Who: Adults

What: Free, two-hour Greek language classes held twice a week. METAdrasi runs classes every day until 8 p.m.

Where: Locations vary according to day and time.

How to sign up:
Visit METAdrasi's offices at Thesprotias 8 (near Larissis railway station) between noon and 6 p.m.

You must bring a passport or registration card.

You can speak English, Greek, French, Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, Kurdish-Kurmanji or Kurdish-Sorani with the staff.

Contact information:

Phone: +302105201794
Email: info@metadrasi.org
Website and Facebook


Khora/Giving For A Better Future

Who: Kids and adults

What: Weekly classes in Greek

Where and when: At Khora Community Center from Monday to Friday, in the morning and in the afternoon

Contact information:

Phone: +302103647833
Email: khora.athens@gmail.com
Website and Facebook

Photo: Khora


Pyxida Intercultural Center for the Promotion of Refugee Integration/Greek Council for Refugees

Who: Kids from around 4 to 11

What: Greek language classes

  • for pre-school aged children
  • for children ages 6 to 8
  • for children ages 8 to 11

Preparation for Greek school, social skills and creative activities are also provided, in an age-appropriate framework.

Note: Pyxida also offers a creative writing course for adults, led by a volunteer poet/writer. If you join, you can write in your native language, but you will need basic English or Greek skills to attend.

Where and when:
Solomou 20 (4th floor), in Exarchia, in the mornings and in the afternoons, twice a week, until the end of August (Pyxida will be closed the week from Monday 14 to Friday 18 of August)

How to register:
Visit Pyxida at Solomou 20, any day of the week between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For children to attend Pyxida's classes, their parents must give approval and attend a cultural awareness meeting.

Contact information:

Phone: +302103814710
Email: gcr1@gcr.gr
Solomou 20, Exarhia (4th floor)
Website and Facebook


ALEF School, with Greek Forum of Migrants and Melissa Network

Who: Boys and men ages 16 to 28 — especially those who have been in Greece for less than 8 months

What: Greek classes

Where and when:
The Greek Forum of Migrants, Patision 81 (1st floor) Monday to Friday through July and August

How to sign up
Visit the Greek Forum of Migrants at Patision 81 (first floor), from Monday to Friday between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Contact information:

Phone: +302108831620
Facebook


Zaatar/Orange House

Who: Kids and adults

What: Weekly classes in:

  • English for Arabic speakers
  • English for Farsi speakers
  • English for Pashto speakers
  • conversational English
  • German
  • Greek
  • French
  • more

When: The weekly class schedule on Zaatar's Facebook page is updated every Sunday.

Where:
Orange House

Contact information:

Phone: +306947244608
Email: contact@zaatarngo.org
Website and Facebook

The Orange House courtyard. Photo: Zaatar on Facebook


Drop in the Ocean

Who: Teens and adults who are being relocated to Norway

What: Classes on Norwegian language and culture

Where: At Myrtillo café, Kapas Park, Trifilias and Lampsa street, Ampelokipoi (close to Panormou metro station)

When: July and August

How to sign up:
Just show up, from Monday to Friday, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact information:

Email: post@drapenihavet.no


Caritas Hellas

Who: Adults

What: Greek language classes

  • Two-month classes focusing on Greek-language basics
  • Four-month classes focusing on communication skills in Greek (if students express interest)

How to sign up:
Call or visit Caritas’ office at Rene Pio 2A in Neos Kosmos, Monday to Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Contact information:

Phone: +302130909940
Website


Language classes starting in September

These language courses will begin again in September, but you can contact them now to sign up.

Photo: Eirik Johan Solheim

Kyriakatiko Scholeio Metanaston

Who: Teens and adults

What: Language classes

Where and when: Starting in September at Argous 145, in Kolonos (central Athens)

Contact information:

Phone: +302105130373 (Saturdays and Sundays) and
+302108842151, +302103306286, +306945237837 (Monday through Friday)
Email: kyriakatiko@yahoo.gr

Website and Facebook


Diktio – Steki Metanaston Network of Social Support to Immigrants and Refugees

Who: Teens and adults

What: Classes in:

  • Greek
  • English
  • German (whenever there is a German-speaking volunteer available)
  • computer skills

When and where: Starting in September: Monday through Friday, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Tsamadou 13-15, just off Exarchia Square

Contact information:

Phone: +30 210 3813928
Email: metanaston@diktio.org
Website and Facebook


Piraeus Open School for Immigrants

Who: Teens and adults

What: Classes in:

  • Greek
  • English
  • German
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Arabic
  • Urdu
  • history and culture
  • photography
  • theater
  • computer skills

Where and when: Starting in September: Sundays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the 14th and 15th High School of Piraeus, Agion Anargiron and Ko, Palia Kokkinia, Pireaus.

Contact information:

Phone: +302104200917
Email: asmpir@gmail.com
Website and Facebook


City of Athens Open Schools

Athens holds many language classes on the premises of primary schools around the city. These will start again in September, under the Open Schools initiative by the City of Athens.


Groups organizing language classes in squats and camps

Photo: Reuters

Visit these groups' Facebook pages for more information on the classes they offer.

The Refugee Language Initiative

Edusquats

No Border School


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