Greecethe birthplace of mythology and modern civilization, one of Europe’s most alluring destinations, combines the romance of the Mediterranean with the mystery of ancient spirits. 15,000 km of coastline and 1,000 islands create a land of beautiful beaches and sparkling turquoise seas. Greek tradition and hospitality are famous throughout the world. Greece has a perfect climate with mild winters and warm summers.
Greeks are known for their lore of tasty and healthy food. A warm welcome, our professional and friendly service and 50 years of experience (since 1964) in organizing International Study & Activity Holidays all over the world is our guarantee for an unforgettable experience.
Porto Heliis a seaside village set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Surrounded by rolling pine covered, hills the village is situated in a vast bay, providing one of the safest natural harbours in Europe, it is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. With 30 km of beaches and coves, there is always somewhere new to go for a swim or explore by boat. The lovely village centre offers a wide variety of shops, cafés, bars, restaurants, nightclubs and discotheques.
Odyssey International Study & Activity Holidayswas founded in 2003 and we have successfully taught English to students from different countries. We have established a very good reputation for our lessons and for the additional cultural and sports activities we offer. We provide our students with wonderful opportunities for social and cultural development with effective language courses and a high level of pastoral care.
Odyssey,is hosted in Cosmos Club, A’ Class hotel, situated in the heart of the tourist area of Porto Heli, only a few minutes walk from beaches, shops, cafes and restaurants!
Cosmos Club has 150 spacious bedrooms. All rooms have balconies with sea view, private bathroom, telephone, central air conditioning, TV and refrigerator.
Cosmos Club is built on 40 acres of gardens and forest that reach the sea and consists of: z Large gardens
z 2 swimming pools z Private beach z 2 tennis courts
z Basketball and Volleyball courts z Football pitch
z Children’s playground z Mini Golf
z Table Tennis
z Large muti-purpose room z Large TV with satellite z Disco z Pool restaurant z Pool BBQ z Bar / Café z Shop
Students will be accommodated in spacious en-suite, air conditioned 3 bedded rooms all with sea view balconies.
Full board (buffet) is provided every day on ‘eat as much as you want’ basis & free mineral water during all meals. Menus have been very carefully designed by Cosmos Club Chef and a Dietician specialist on children.
Lunch consists of lighter dishes (mainly Mediterranean & Greek delicacies) due to heat and dinner is more internationally orientated.
Coffee, cocoa, tea, milk, eggs, cheese, cornflakes, freshly baked Greek Village bread, toast, cake, butter, margarine, Greek honey, marmalade/jam, Greek yogurt and a variety of summer fruits
Lunch & Dinner (3 course meal)
A choice of at least 10 different starters (hot and cold), 5 different main courses (veal, pork, chicken, fish and vegetarian) with assortments (pasta, rice, potatoes etc), fresh salads and a variety of fruits, pastry and ice-cream Barbecues are organised once or twice a week by the pool or at the beach followed by theme nights or games. At excursion days light meals at local restaurants or packed lunches are offered depending on destination.
Lessons(45 minutes each)
The syllabus has been redesigned for the needs of young learners and is compatible with the up-to-date technology that is used during the lessons. Our multinational classes concentrate on practical skills and communicative English (20 lessons per week). Students will also have optional oral lessons of Greek History and Mythology. The majority of our students enjoy lessons very much and gain a lot at the end of course.
Classrooms(max. 12 students)
We have redeveloped an area in the hotel which has become brand new fully equipped classrooms. They all have an interactive board, projector, PC and Wi-Fi.
Placement Test and Levels
The Odyssey placement test assesses the students' communicative
ability and their general language skills. The first part of the test assesses writing & listening skills, grammar & vocabulary, the second
determines their level of oral & communicative ability. After the test, students are grouped according to age, nationality and ability & placed at levels that guarantee communicative challenge and interest. A certificate of attendance is awarded at the end of the course. Odyssey offers classes at six levels according to the Council of Europe recommendation. The C. E. has standardised levels in order to produce Common European Framework of Reference for foreign language teaching/learning.
The Framework defines six levels:
• A1 (Beginner) • A2 (Elementary)
• B1 (Lower Intermediate) • B2 (Intermediate)
• C1 (Pre-Advanced) • C2 (Advanced)
Teachers & Activity Staff
Our teachers are selected for their experience, professionalism, friendliness and enthusiasm but also for their ability to motivate and challenge their classes. All our teachers are native English speakers, officially certified English instructors. Teachers become friends with students and learning is fun! They are also experienced in teaching sports and organizing leisure activities and also talented in other areas (e.g. team games, dance, music, theater etc). At least two of them have Life Guard and one First Aid official Certificates.
Students will be able to enjoy all the facilities at Cosmos Club in the afternoons. They will also be taken to our safe private sandy beach daily. Under the supervision of their native English speaking teachers, lifeguards and specialised activity leaders, students will take part in water sports and games, as well as practising their English. Optional extra water sports are also available such as Water-skiing, sailing, wakeboarding, canoeing, pedalling and much more. Evening activities include karaoke, theatre nights, film shows, treasure hunts, talent shows, discos, Hawaiian nights, etc. Cultural visits and fresh team games enhance the communication between the students. New activities such as Zumba lessons, Cooking course, dance lessons and unforgettable night activities and parties!
Excursions & Cruises
Students are accompanied by their own Group Leaders and Odyssey staff (outings ratio 1/6) The excursions and cruises will give students the opportunity, to find out more about the history and culture of Greece, to swim in beautiful waters & secluded beaches and do some shopping.
1 excursion and 1 cruise are included in the programme (2 weeks) and the other two are optional. All excursions and cruises depart at 08:30 and return at 20:30 for dinner and evening activities.
• Nafplion, Mycenae & Epidaurus (included)
Visit the castle, the ancient sites and the amphitheatre • Beautiful Islands of Spetses and Hydra (included)
Experience a cruise around the islands, sightseeing, swimming and shopping •Athens (optional)
Includes visits to Acropolis, Parthenon, Archaeological Museum, Flea Markets and sightseeing tour. • Cruise in Monemvasia (optional)
See an impressive Venetian castle in southern Peloponnesus, plus time for swimming and shopping.