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#summer program for high school students on the isle of Lesbo (July 6 – 21, 2013)

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(Hyphen)ology is a study-travel-community service program in Lesvos, Greece, designed for high school students between the ages of 14 and 18. It combines academic excellence with cultural immersion to provide participants with an unforgettable summer experience.  NEXT SESSION:  July 6 – July 21, 2013 

For two weeks in June-July, students are welcomed to the island of Lesvos, Greece, a center of learning since ancient times and a bridge between Europe and Asia. Here, they attend courses on subjects of their choice. They will spend time integrating into the local community by taking part in community service projects, and they will travel throughout the island on daily excursions to the ancient sites, museums, and monasteries.

An opportunity for kids to experience Greek village life by immersing them in this culture, enhancing students’ critical thinking skills by introducing them to subjects outside the traditional high school curriculum.

Each student will take two courses of their choice. Each course will be taught in English and will consist of ten lectures, of 1.5 hour duration each. The small class sizes will allow close interaction between students and instructors. Attendance is mandatory at all classes, and individual course marks will be determined by the instructors.

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At the end of the two weeks, students will receive an evaluation with comments from their instructors and a certificate of attendance to the program. Many students include this information in their university applications as supplementary material, and some high schools may give credit to students on the basis of these reports. In addition to the courses, students will also participate in evening activities, which include star-gazing walks, Greek dancing, cooking classes, and poetry readings.

  •  The Marine Environment & Underwater World*
  • Deconstructing Religion
  • History of the Universe / The Night Sky
  •  Introduction to Painting (landscape)
  •  Modern Greek Language:
    Beginners and Intermediate
  •  Greek Mythology*
  •  Reading & Writing Poetry

Students will be housed in rental studios in the heart of the village of Sigri. Each room has a kitchen and bathroom and can accommodate two or three students.

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Tuition for the program,  1,200 Euros, includes tuition, accommodation, breakfast and dinner, all excursions on Lesvos & day trip to Ayvalik, Turkey, museum and site entrance fees, supervision, and transportation costs on the island.
It does not include airfare to Lesvos and daily lunch costs. Students will be given a list of snack bars in the village and near the accommodation complex that will give them special rates for lunch. The cost of lunch will range between 5-7 euro (6-10 USD). Parents should estimate that students will need approximately 250 euro spending money (for lunches, phone calls home, evening activities (cafes, open-air cinema), etc).


Dr. Cindy Camatsos
Program Director
European Contact Number: +30-210-8941632
Alternate European Number: +30-6944943063
Cindy Camatsos, PhD
Program Director

Of Greek descent, Cindy was born in Mississippi and is currently living in Greece. She received her BA in English from Wesleyan University, continued her graduate studies at the University of Oxford, and received her PhD in Modern Languages and Literature from the University of Cambridge. She currently teaches part-time at the University of Athens, and co-ordinates all aspects of Hyphenology, which she founded in 2006.

Carlos Martins, PhD
Course(s): History of the Universe / The Night Sky

Born in Viana do Castelo (Portugal), Carlos graduated from the University of Porto in 1993 with an interdisciplinary Physics and Applied Mathematics degree (specializing in Astrophysics), and obtained his PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Cambridge in 1997. He divides his time between the Centre for Physics of the University of Porto, the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics in Cambridge, and the Institut d’Astrophysique in Paris. He works at the interface between astrophysics, cosmology and particle physics, focusing on testing theories of the early universe observationally. Outside office hours he can often be found attending classical music concerts (especially if they feature Bach, Mahler or Monteverdi) or going to movies. He is also an avid reader, has a slight addiction to chocolate, and is making an effort to improve his cooking and to learn a fifth language.

Elena Anastasaki, PhD
Course(s): Analyzing the Fairy Tale

Elena studied French Literature at the University of Athens, Greece, and obtained her PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Kent, England, and the University Paris VIII, France. She has taught French language and European Literature at the University of Kent, English Literature at Southeastern (The American University of Athens), and “Gender and Literature” at Panteion University, Athens. She is currently teaching “World Literature” at the Open University in Greece. She is also a qualified translator and has translated into Greek a variety of books, ranging from fairy tales to Lord Byron. Her interests are literature and cinema, and she has a rare ability to spread her positive energy to students.

Caroline Bertoneche, PhD
Course(s): Reading & Writing Poetry

Caroline received her undergraduate degree at the University of Paris VI in English literature, and her Masters & D.Phil from the University of Oxford. She currently teaches literature at University of Reims in France.

Tim Coomar, MA
Course(s): Deconstructing Religion

Tim received his BA in Modern Languages from the University of Cambridge and has completed a second degree in Theology at the University of Oxford. He is currently studying in Philadelphia, PA, taking a second Masters in Theology.

Gina Gurban, PhD
Saving Nature: Introduction to Environmental Awareness/Studies

Gina’s interest in law and environmental studies is evident from her many degrees: she received her Juris Doctor (Law) at the Pazmany Peter University Law School in Budapest, and is currently a PhD (International Environmental Law) candidate at the same university. She received a Masters in Environmental Management from the University of San Francisco, and an LLM from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans, LA. She has worked at the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs in New York City, and has worked at the Hungarian Ministry of Environment and Water. Upon completing her PhD, she moved to Brussels, where she currently works for the Environmental branch of the European Union. When she is not trying to save the environment and participating in hands-on activism, she enjoys cooking and wants to live by the sea.

Anna Spartin, BA
Course(s): Modern Greek Language

Anna worked at a number of different high schools, as a teacher, for over 20 years. Her last position was at the American Community Schools-Athens, where she taught Modern Greek language and ancient & Modern Greek history. She divides her time between Athens and Chicago, loves traveling and literature.

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